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Zen Shiatsu Massage

Zen Shiatsu has its roots in Buddhist meditation practices. Zen shiatsu uses shiatsu acupressure points (tsubo) and shiatsu meridians. What is special about zen shiatsu is that before starting a shiatsu massage, some therapists will do a hara diagnosis to find out which of the meridians are blocked points. While the client lies on their back on a mat or massage table, the therapist will do a shiatsu diagnosis of the hara region which is about 1 1/2 inches below the naval (stomach) area. The Hara is the seat of vital energy within the body, as well as the nervous and muscular systems. Hara diagnosis will help the shiatsu therapist find which of the meridians need to be treated to stimulate the healing response of the patient, so the meridian energy system of the patient is normalized.

Shizuto Masunaga is the founder of Zen Shiatsu and he taught this style at his Iokai Shiatsu Center in Japan and in other schools and seminars in the west. The other master Namikoshi taught shiatsu massage using acupressure points along the meridians using thumbs and hands while zen shiatsu therapy uses also knees, elbows and feet.

Through proper meditation, a therapist can better understand the meaning of the energy which flows through the meridians in the body. Zen Shiatsu has many benefits.

Since I have completed Level 1 of the Zen Shiatsu Massage Course through Jan Vincent, I can work with you in deciding what is best suited for your needs by helping in your healing process or simply to help bring about a more natural relaxed state of well being. A shiatsu therapist will help to rebalance your energy.