Soms in het Nederlands, but also in English, we have taken pieces from our Dutch, European and Japanese teachers at home and beyond to show you a short film montage of just some of our work and what it means. You can watch a lot more on the rest of our channel and visit our websites in English and Dutch at www.shiatsu.nl .
Shiatsu is composed of the Japanese words Shia + Tsu, which literally means 'penetration site'. Originally, Shiatsu is a form of Oriental folk medicine, based on the assumption that disturbances in muscles, nerves and organs manifest in the network of energetic channels, called meridians. The energy that flows through these meridians is called Ki, or life energy.
The earliest mentioning of Shiatsu is in the Nei Ching - The Yellow Emperor's Classic of Internal Medicine - written in China 2700 jaar BC. Buddhist monks brought Chinese medicine to Japan in the sixth cenury A.D.. For centuries, Shiatsu has been a traditional system of treatment, passed on for generations. Shiatsu has become recognized as a medical treatment method from the fifties of the last century onward. In 1964 the Japanese Ministeries of Health and Education officially recognized Shiatsu as a unique and distinct form of therapy using the following definition:
"Therapy, which applies pressure with thumbs and handpalms on certain points of the body, corrects irregularities, maintains and improves health, contributes to alleviating several diseases (several forms of pain, stress, irregularities in the nerve system, etc.) and activates the self-healing capacity of the organism. Has no side effects."