Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

Developed in Asia over 5,000 years ago, acupressure is an ancient healing therapy that utilizes fingers to depress key locations onrepparttar skin's surface to prompt healing withingrepparttar 138695 body. Similar to acupuncture, acupressure usesrepparttar 138696 same reference points onrepparttar 138697 body that release muscular stress; thus encouraging better blood circulation.

Acupressure is very beneficial as it can relieve pain and bringrepparttar 138698 body back into harmonious balance. Acupressure's healing ability promotes stress reduction, improves circulation, relaxesrepparttar 138699 body and strengthensrepparttar 138700 immune system. Acupressure can effectively be used to alleviate acute and chronic conditions such as arthritis, headaches, spinal-muscular pain, and sinus complications. Also a preventative therapy, acupressure is good for fatigue as well. Overall, acupressure is an excellent healing therapy for whole well-being -- mind, body and spirit.


Written by C. Bailey-Lloyd/LadyCamelot

What is Shiatsu? Shiatsu, literally means: Shi = 'finger,' Atsu = 'pressure.' By definition, Shiatsu translates into 'finger pressure.' Recognized by Japanese law in 1955, and inrepparttar text book, 'Theory and Practice of Shiatsu,'1 Shiatsu is defined asrepparttar 138694 use of fingers andrepparttar 138695 palm (especiallyrepparttar 138696 thumbs) of an individual's hands whereby pressure is applied to specific parts onrepparttar 138697 body's surface - purposefully forrepparttar 138698 correction of bodily imbalances. Shiatsu therapy is utilized for maintaining and promoting overall health.

Furthermore,repparttar 138699 official definition of Shiatsu was published byrepparttar 138700 medical department ofrepparttar 138701 Ministry of Welfare in 1957 as: "Shiatsu technique refers torepparttar 138702 use of fingers andrepparttar 138703 palm of one's hands to apply pressure to particular sections onrepparttar 138704 surface ofrepparttar 138705 body for hte purpose of correcting imbalances ofrepparttar 138706 body, and for maintaining and promoting health. It is also a method contributing torepparttar 138707 healing of specific illnesses."

Though there is only one type of Shiatsu, there are varying derivatives of its principle techniques. Shiatsu's beginnings can be traced back to ancient Japan where it was first introduced as 'Teate.' In Japanese, 'Teate' simply means 'hands-on.' Today, it also translates into 'treatment.' The founder of Shiatsu Therapy, Tokujiro Namikoshi was only seven years old in 1912 when he discovered valuable properties of hands on touch. He realized that by using his thumbs to press on his mother's ailing body, he was able to relieve stiffness and pain. Because of these findings, he developed a method of applying pressure that was dependent upon his mother's temperature and stiffness. Due to his determination to heal his mother through his innovative techniques, she was able to make a complete recovery from her rheumatism. 2 In 1940, Shiatsu made its profound entrance intorepparttar 138708 Japanese mainstream when Mr. Namikoshi establishedrepparttar 138709 Japan Shiatsu School.

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