Consistent with the basic concepts of Traditional Oriental Medicine, Shiatsu is grounded in the theory that health problems are attributed to imbalances in Yin (Negative) and Yang (Positive), disharmonies between the internal organs, and blockage to the circulation of Qi-energy (life force energy) through the meridians.
Once you understand that Qi is a part of the body’s physiology, you can appreciate that an acupuncture treatment is a medical procedure that aims to correct an imbalance. If a patient comes in with foot pain, the acupuncturist will use needles to clear out the blocked meridians like a doctor will use a stent to clear a blocked blood vessel. If a patient comes in for anxiety, infertility, or any other issues that aren’t directly related to the musculoskeletal system, the acupuncturist is still going to follow the same logic, choosing acupuncture points that direct blood flow to certain areas of the body and bring the body back into balance.
Another patient struggled with multiple food sensitivities and severe eczema, which impacted their quality of life significantly. The patient underwent AAT treatment, and over time, their symptoms improved significantly. The patient was able to reintroduce foods that were previously problematic without experiencing adverse reactions, and their eczema cleared up.
Shiatsu can be performed while the recipient lies on a massage table allowing the practitioner access from all sides and the ability to apply pressure using body weight. No massage oils or lotions are used or needed because the practitioner does not slide along the body surface, but gives a series of presses along the meridian lines.
Acupuncture is a form of alternative medicine and a key component of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in which thin needles are inserted into the body. Research suggests that acupuncture can help relieve pain, especially in the teeth, jaw, neck, shoulder, low back and knee. Other painful conditions that can benefit from acupuncture include: headaches and migraines. tennis elbow.
Real-life success stories of patients who have found relief through AAT are numerous. For example, one patient suffered from a severe allergy to cats, which caused symptoms such as sneezing, itchy eyes, and congestion. Despite taking over the counter allergy medications, the patient’s symptoms persisted. After undergoing AAT treatment, the patient reported a significant reduction in symptoms and was able to be around cats without experiencing any symptoms.
Shiatsu works directly to calm the autonomic nervous system, which has the effect of calming nervous distress and increasing resistance to stress. By promoting blood and lymph circulation, Shiatsu helps to maintain healthy muscle tone and internal organ functions, and strengthen the immune system.