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Five Element Shiatsu

Shiatsu can be preformed on a mat or a table. I provide table sessions and limited mat sessions. The work is done with the client clothed and wearing comfortable clothing that allows fluid movement.

Five Element Shiatsu is the Japanese art of acupressure. Practitioners of this therapy use their compression, palms and finger tips to manipulate pressure points on the body in order to facilitate the flow of chi/qi, or vital energy.

Five Element Shiatsu is different than regular shiatsu in that it seeks to enhance the effectiveness of traditional shiatsu by incorporating aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). In TCM, human health is achieved through balancing the five elemental manifestations: earth, fire, water, wood, and metal. Each of these elements correspond to different parts of the human anatomy.

Employing this approach, a shiatsu practitioner may be able to discern a variety of different ailments in a patient ranging from purely physical disorders such as a poor diet, to more subtle disturbances in a person’s health resulting from stress or traumatic events. Once the practitioner has assessed the likely source of a patient’s outward symptoms, a treatment program can be determined.

For instance, if a patient complains of discomfort in the stomach area, TCM would associate this type of ailment with the earth element, and, accordingly, a diagnosis could be attained that would address the potential imbalance in this aspect of a person’s system. Counterbalancing the negative earth aspect would often be approached by bringing other corresponding elements into play that would provide a salutary effect on the particular ailment.