Shiatsu Massage was developed in Japan early in the 20th Century. Although influenced by Western medicine, it has its basis in Traditional Chinese medicine and follows the same principles of energy and meridians as acupressure. The practitioner uses fingers, thumbs, elbows, knees and even feet in a combination of massage techniques, applying pressure to key points to influence and stimulate energy flow in the body. Shiatsu has become very popular in the West, where it is practiced both by trained practitioners and as a self-treatment for minor ailments.
Shiatsu is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, according to which "life energy' (Ki in Japanese and qi in Chinese) circulates around the body through meridians, or channels, which can be influenced at specific points (acupoints, or tsubo) on the body. Stimulating the tsubos externally, either by acupuncture or by finger pressure and massage, is said to reduce excess ki where its flow is blocked or it is overactive (jitsu), and to restore it where it is depleted (kyo). Practitioners aim to identify and harmonise the body's jitsu and kyo patterns.
Practitioners may use a specialised technique called hara diagnosis to monitor the flow of ki through the internal organs and their meridians. Treatment techniques vary, with some practitioners working on specific tsubos, as in Chinese acupressure, and others using a general massage to stimulate the meridians. Western practitioners use physiological terms to describe the effects of shiatsu, claiming it regulates the hormonal system and the circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid; aids the elimination of waste products and releases muscle tension; and promotes deep relaxation. They claim that shiatsu works effectively as a general tonic an also enhances the body's self healing abilities.
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Special Note: Diploma of Shiatsu
To be registered as a provider with Health Funds including Medibank Private and to be accredited in Shiatsu by ANTA you must meet the following education requirements:
All associations recognised by Medibank Private are required to ensure graduates meet the above educational requirements before submitting them to Medibank Private to be registered as Shiatsu providers.
To view ANTA's commitment to the delivery of quality health care, public safety and promoting informed choices in Shiatsu read our Scope and Standards of Practice.
Scope and Standards of Practice - Shiatsu
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