Shiatsu is an evolving Japanese form of bodywork, incorporating influences from both Oriental medicine and Western therapies. It stimulates the natural body’s ability to heal and it is a great holistic way to bring the body and mind into a state of balance, re-energise weaknesses and relax tension. Based on Tao philosophy, shiatsu operates on the basis that everything in the universe has a certain natural orientation or flow – including the body’s chi or vital energy.
Shiatsu works based on the principle of energy meridians and uses acupressure – the application of pressure with hands and fingers – to stimulate the nervous system and clear energy blockages. Like yoga, shiatsu is aimed at creating a harmony between the body, mind and soul.
Danka provides therapeutic shiatsu massage for those seeking relief from tension and physical discomfort, provides beginner workshops in shiatsu treatment, and also teaches a combined yoga and shiatsu workshop called ‘The Power of Healing Touch’, aimed at couples.
Tao Te Ching – Verse 63
Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.
The Master never reaches for the great;
thus she achieves greatness.
When she runs into a difficulty,
she stops and gives herself to it.
She doesn’t cling to her own comfort;
thus problems are no problem for her.
(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)