Shiatsu is the Japanese word for finger pressure. Shiatsu is the name of a body therapy developed in Japan, which was developed from the traditional Chinese massage and which combines energetic body work with manual treatment methods to achieve wellbeing.
Although “Shiatsu” simply means “finger pressure”, the therapist uses his or her whole body for the treatment. In this respect, body weight becomes more effective than muscle power. In contrast to acupuncture and acupressure, it is not only individual points on the body that are stimulated. Shiatsu is rather based on traditional East Asian concepts such as the meridian system, which originated from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and the system of “five phases” (Five Elements theory) and aims to treat the meridians.
Shiatsu is usually practiced on a mat or a special futon on the floor. The hands (fingers and balls of the thumbs) are used in the treatment, but also the elbows and knees. In addition to gentle rhythmic movements, deeper movements are also used as well as stretching and rotation. The therapist primarily works from the centre of the body outwards and they should create an “energetic relationship” with the patient during the treatment.
In terms of a holistically orientated service offering, the Wiener Privatklinik offers Shiatsu at the highest quality level.
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