The Japanese word « shiatsu » means literally « pressure with the fingers » (shi : fingers and atsu : to press). The name appeared in 1939 in a book by Tempeki Tamae (Shiatsu Hô). But the technique gained a lot of popularity thanks to Tokujiro Namikoshi. The Japanese Ministry of Health decided there was a difference with massage in 1964.
Shiatsu is related to Eastern philosophy and medicine, which implies an understanding and a vision of mankind and universe based on concepts like Yin and Yang, the 5 movements, the 5 spirits, the 12 meridians, the 8 curious vessels, the creating cycle, the overcoming cycle, KI energy, unity of body and mind… This is a holistic vision of men and women, seen as a microcosm and a reflection of macrocosm.
This vision has been developed in very ancient books, like « The Yellow Emperor », the Nan Jing, the Yi Jing… Those books are still the fundaments of shiatsu today.
When you come to Shinmon, what kind of shiatsu do you receive? I had the great opportunity to study with Yuichi Kawada Sensei, a Japanese Master who has settled in Brussels and founded the Yoseido Shiatsu School. Master Kawada comes from a family of shiatsu practicioners for generations. He received teaching from his father who was a famous practicioner. He graduated from the Nippon Shiatsu School and holds the official Certificate of the Japanese State.