Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on therapy originating in Japan. It is a non-invasive approach aimed at preventing illness and maintaining good health. Shiatsu can also assist with a variety of existing conditions, including respiratory illnesses, digestive disorders, anxiety, back, neck and shoulder pain, fatigue, muscle tension, and stress.

Shiatsu is a Japanese word, with shi meaning ‘finger’ and atsu meaning ‘pressure’. Shiatsu is based on traditional Chinese medicine, and also incorporates the western principles of anatomy and physiology.

Some styles of Shiatsu concentrate on acupuncture points and others work more generally on the body. The style used by Naomi involves the application of pressure along the energy pathways (meridians) of the body, and is non-invasive and non-manipulative.

Like many natural therapies, Shiatsu works with the body’s self-healing properties. As the parasympathetic nervous system is affected, the horse becomes more relaxed and its healing systems are activated. Because Shiatsu helps to rebalance the flow of energy across entire channels, it is very useful as a preventive therapy.

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