Shiatsu with Yutaka Homma

Discovering True Health with Shiatsu
Regular shiatsu treatments play a valuable role in any wellness program by providing the following health benefits.

• Vitalizes the skin, promoting softness and resilience to reduce signs of aging.
• Limbers muscles for improved tone, facilitating proper joint alignment.
• Stimulates circulation of blood and lymph, supplying increased nourishment to and removing waste from all of the body’s cells.
• Regulates neural functioning.
• Stimulates somatovisceral reflexes to regulate organ function.
• Regulates hormonal secretions.
• Adjusts the spine and promote correct posture and skeletal alignment.
• Promotes healthy digestion for proper absorption of nutrients and regular elimination.
• Strengthens the immune system.
• Reduces stress and promotes greater mind-body integration.

About Namikoshi Shiatsu
Shiatsu Koh Samui, ThailandNamikoshi Shiatsu, a manual therapy developed in Japan through a synthesis of Eastern and Western medical concepts, uses mankind’s most ancient medical tools – the human hand and human hearts – to treat the patient using a holistic approach that stimulates the body’s own natural self-healing power to correct imbalances and effect a cure from within. In contrast to the compartmentalized, industrialized approach of Western medicine, the shiatsu therapist treats the whole individual, tailoring treatment to the person’s condition to thus guide him or her towards improved physical and mental wellbeing.

What distinguishes shiatsu from other manual therapies is that it employs no rubbing or kneading techniques, but instead uses the fingers and palms to apply sustained, vertical pressure to acu-points throughout the body, penetrating gently but deeply to flush out accumulated toxins, promote the flow of blood and lymph, and restore optimal functioning to the internal organs, autonomic nervous system, and endocrine system.

By limbering the muscles and freeing up the body’s myofascial matrix, shiatsu also facilitates increased range of motion and allows the skeletal system to rediscover its natural alignment.

In the East, it has long been held that “a good physician treats illness before it occurs”
Illness and injury are often preceded by reduced physical and mental functioning due to a buildup of fatigue that manifests itself through everyday symptoms such as headaches, lethargy, dullness, or stiffness in the muscles of the neck and back. The body gradually loses its ability to maintain equilibrium, leaving it susceptible to further complications.

Different theoretical approaches to shiatsu have been developed, some modeled on Western anatomy and physiology, others on Eastern concepts of the flow of Ki energy through meridians linked to the various organ systems. But, regardless of the theoretical overlay, the essence of shiatsu lies in the concept of “Diagnosis and therapy combined.” Using this approach, the therapist senses irregularities in the patient’s body directly with her hands and refines the treatment accordingly, making it possible to benefit even those people whose symptoms resist conventional diagnosis. This is an intuitive approach in which the therapist’s ultimate textbook is the patient in front of her – but it is an intuition informed by a wealth of accumulated experience and understanding of the human body.

Shiatsu is not just a matter of physical technique alone: it is a therapy based on a spirit of kindness and compassion. There is a saying in Japan that “The heart of shiatsu is like a mother’s love – press on the body and nurture the wellsprings of life.” When shiatsu is applied in this spirit, therapist and patient experience a direct, emotional bond that further enhances the effectiveness of the treatment.