Shiatsu is a form of massage developed in Japan in the early 1900s, which is applied through loose clothing. Like acupuncture - only without the ‘needles’ - it involves gently working specific points on the body, with the aim of restoring the flow and balance of energy and promoting health and well-being.
What to expect
Following a full consultation, treatment will generally take place on a padded floor mat or futon. Your practitioner will ensure you are positioned comfortably, before applying a variety of different techniques, which may include holding, or applying pressure with the palms, thumbs, finger, elbows, knees or feet. Treatment may also involve rotating or stetching the limbs and joints, where appropriate.
Benefits of shiatsu
Shiatsu may help to relieve everyday stresses, aid sleep and promote relaxation. In addition to being regularly used by thousands of people all over the world, a variety of charities, health foundations, NHS trusts and hospitals in the UK provide shiatsu to support patients whilst receiving treatment for a range of health issues and to help them maintain their general wellbeing.
Shiatsu should not be used in place of conventional medical care. Always consult a GP or other health professional for medical attention and advice.
Choosing a therapist
It is important to choose a qualified therapist who has undertaken the necessary training to understand the theory and practice of this particular therapy.
In order for a qualification to be accepted for FHT membership and to the FHT Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, it must meet the following criteria:
Skills for Health National Occupational Standards:
- CNH1 Explore and establish the client’s needs for complementary and natural healthcare
- CNH2 Develop and agree plans for complementary and natural healthcare with clients
- CNH13 Provide Shiatsu to clients
Practical led and observed training. This will ensure the course is mapped to the above standards.
By choosing a shiatsu practitioner who is a member of the FHT, you can be confident that they are professionally trained, qualified and insured. They will also be listed on our Complementary Healthcare Therapist Register, as shiatsu is considered a form of complementary healthcare.