The word Shiatsu means finger pressure in Japanese. Japan is where this healing technique originates from. Shiatsu is a holistic practice and involves pressure from hands and underarms in Zen-Shiatsu, feet in Barefoot Shiatsu and thumbs in Classical and Tsubo acupoint pressure.
A Shiatsu treatment starts with a succinct Chinese Medicine diagnosis of tongue, pulse and hara (abdominal area) palpation. These diagnostic tools provide information where the imbalances lie, and which meridians need to be strengthened to rectify this into equilibrium.
Sotai and Stretches
Fire Cupping & Moxibustion
Cupping is an ancient technique, part of the body of Traditional Chinese Medicine, that aims release toxins and pathogens from your body through your skin.
Cups are warmed by fire or created vacuum by pumps. The cups are subsequently gently placed on the skin and either left or moved over area’s of the body where the practitioner deems beneficial.
The redness that results in this vacuum suction is the creation of blood flow in the affected area. It can show up as bruising, however this will fade mostly within 24 hours. Most cupping is applied to the back of the body.
Suction cupping therapy is also used to make muscles supple by loosening and lifting connective tissue, creating hydration and blood flow to body tissues, and draining excess fluids and toxins by opening lymphatic pathways. Cupping is versatile and can easily be modified to accomplish a range of techniques, from lymphatic drainage to deep tissue release.
Within a shiatsu treatment, cupping therapy is integrated within the treatment and whilst the cups are applied, this gives the practitioner a change to apply shiatsu on other area’s or do some gentle stretching or sotai.
Sotai-ho means: So= Fix, Tai= Body, Ho= Method
Sotai focuses on handling or movement of the body, to restore good health.
Sotai balances the body, relieves pain and improves general mobility.
Sotai is a Japanese technique for postural correction that nicely complements shiatsu. It is based on the philosophical theory of Kenzo Hashimoto, who considered the human body as a dynamic architecture, whose operation is not defective when the living standard is healthy.
Sotai consists of gentle exercises, combined with the patient breathing.
If you have a sore right shoulder and your left shoulder is more mobile, the practitioner will focus on the left shoulder where there is least resistance. This sends signals to the compromised shoulder to heal itself. There is gentle resistance applied to the shoulder, to assist the body in memorizing to heal the shoulders and bring them back into balance.
It’s a therapeutic method, soft and relaxing. Practicing and performing Sotai-ho exercises, you can retrieve the correct alignment of the spine and achieve an optimal state of physical and mental health.