Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy originating in Japan. It is a non-invasive approach to preventing illness and maintaining good health. Muscle pain, fatigue, muscular tension, and anxiety are some of the conditions treated.

Shiatsu is a Japanese word, with shi meaning ‘finger’ and atsu ‘pressure’. Based on Chinese medicine, it 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 of the body.

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 preventative therapy.

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