Who can benefit from shiatsu?
Everyone can use help with relieving stress and promoting health and vitality. In Japan, shiatsu is commonly practiced at home to benefit family members of all ages.
Shiatsu can be useful for people suffering from many stress-related disorders, including:
- Joint and muscle pain
- Back pain
- Headaches and migraines
- Repetitive motion and other musculoskeletal injuries
- Seasonal affective disorder
- TMJ problems
- Menstrual and peri-menopausal distress
- Depression and anxiety
- Gastrointestinal problems (digestion, IBS, constipation)
Shiatsu can also be a beneficial form of supportive care for people facing serious illness, such as cancer; it can help relieve stress and some of the side effects of invasive treatments. Shiatsu does not cure disease, but helps support and stimulate the body's own healing potential. It is not a substitute for conventional medical treatment.
Shiatsu therapists do not diagnose or treat diseases as defined in Western medicine, but assess and treat based on "patterns of disharmony" from the theories of Chinese medicine.
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