Did you know that formerly in China, doctors were not paid to heal people but to keep them healthy?
The traditional Chinese medicine was brought to Japan approximately in the 10th century before Christ and in that merger came the Shiatsu.
You may have probably heard about the term shiatsu that comes from the typical oriental massage of the same name, where the Japanese word “shi” means fingers and “atsu” means “pressure.”
This technique basically consists of pressure manipulations with the masseur’s fingers on specific points located in the energetic channels of the body (meridians) of the patient, through which the vital energy flows.
It is also interesting to note that the therapist who uses shiatsu answers the patient by analyzing all their life and spiritual context, be it their routine, diet or simply lifestyle.
But what is the difference between traditional Shiatsu and Zen Shiatsu?
Unlike the traditional method, zen shiatsu is a body therapy that uses oriental techniques of massage, meditation exercises, breathing and stretching movements in order to treat and prevent diseases, in addition to providing balance and relaxation.
The term zen refers to the meditative attitude during the current session. Thus, mindfulness, emotional balance, patience, love and compassion are skills and attitudes that are being developed as you receive sessions of zen shiatsu.
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