What is Shiatsu ?
When a person suffers or does not feel good, they instinctively reach to the painful area looking for relief. This instinctive gesture was built upon and expanded to a full blown art in Asia thanks to massage and digitopressure. Later on, Chinese medicine showed the interaction between the energy of the meridians and the physical body. Shiatsu therapy (which means “finger pressure”) is a combination of both approaches, instinctive and theoretical, technical and energetic. Coming from Japan, this manual therapy is recognized as among the most interesting ones by the European Commission. It has also been an official medicine in Japan since 1964. In France, shiatsu has been recognized as a profession since 2015. The Ryoho Shiatsu style is the study of all aspects of shiatsu, namely:
- Mechanical Shiatsu (stretching and osteoarticular stimulation)
- Energy shiatsu (meridians, families and combination of the points)
- Therapeutic shiatsu (pathologies, pulse measurement, oriental diagnosis)
- Personal development (self-shiatsu, work on tactile sense, meditation, qi gong, …)
- Oriental Medicine (theories, energy physiology, visceral psychology, moxibustion)
Shizuto Masunaga: his way of diagnosing – part.3
Systems of Hara (abdominal) diagnosis have existed in Oriental medicine since ancient times. Historically speaking, abdominal diagnosis has its roots in Chinese medicine, but as with numerous aspects of ancient Chinese culture, its usage is nowadays extremely limited...
Interview Mihael Mamychshvili: from Georgia to Everything Shiatsu, a dedicated life
In the world of Shiatsu there are the personalities who practice Shiatsu on a daily basis and make it known, and those who highlight these same people through the media. Mihael Mamychshvili does both. For years he has been developing Shiatsu and his own method, and he...
Biography: Dr Haruchiki Hirata 平田内蔵吉 (1901-1945)
With the collaboration of Billy Ristuccia Dr. Haruchiki Hirata is not well known among Shiatsu practitioners, except by a handful who are interested in the history of Shiatsu. He was not one of the pioneers of Shiatsu, but rather one of the great influencers of these...
Interview Leisa Bellmore: update on her Shiatsu research
When I met Leisa Bellmore at the European Shiatsu Science Congress in London in 2017, she was presenting her first study. For the past 6 years, she has been continuing her studies on sleep disorders using a simple self-shiatsu protocol. By changing the target...
Interview: Viktor Gulyás, vice-president of the Hungarian Shiatsu Association
This month we have the great pleasure to have as our guest Viktor Gulyás from Hungary. We know that there is some Shiatsu in this country, but we don't necessarily know what is going on there and as our technique is developing there Viktor is the vice-president of the...
News in brief: European Shiatsu news
At the beginning of the year 2023, good news is flowing for European Shiatsu. This is encouraging for the year of the water rabbit, the sign of renewal. Hungary: Merger of the Hungarian Shiatsu organisations The two existing Hungarian Shiatsu associations have merged...
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