Zen Shiatsu Diagnosis

zen shiatsu diagnosis Follow Me on Pinterest Zen shiatsu diagnosis involves the shiatsu therapist to start the session with a hara (stomach) diagnosis. The patient will lay on a futon on the floor. The shiatsu therapist will start by placing his hands on the stomach, will close his eyes and will sense the patients’ energy. Then the therapist will start to work his way around the patients body using all sorts of massage techniques combined with stretching and pulling of the arms and legs.

Before starting the session the therapist will ask the patient some questions about general health problems, pain, tension spots or any existing medical conditions.

While the patient is lying on the back, the therapist kneels down beside him and places a hand on his abdomen. This is called a ‘hara’ diagnosis. The Japanese word ‘hara’ means stomach. In Japan hara is considered to be the center of the body and it reveals much about the energy system to a sensitive shiatsu practitioner. The therapist applies shiatsu acupressure techniques which involves stimulation and relaxation of the body.


High and low energy – meridian misbalance

A skilled shiatsu massage practitioner will keep his both hands on the patients’ body in order to find the most “kyo” and most “jitsu” meridians, and work on these together. “Kyo” refers to the meridian with the least amount of energy. And jitsu refers to the meridian with an excessive amount of energy. The therapist will work on the diagnosed shiatsu meridians to achieve a state of balance.

Follow Me on Pinterest The main purpose of the kyo and jitsu diagnose is the awareness of the relationship of meridians to each other. Meridians define each other. If a patients body is in a complete state of balance, no kyo or jitsu would be found. If one meridian becomes kyo or jitsu, it leads to imbalance in another meridian. The aim of zen shiatsu diagnosis is to assess the meridians in relation to each other to find the ‘match’, that when treated, will balance out.

Zen Shiatsu and Western Medicine Diagnosis Difference

Western medical approach diagnosis is different from shiatsu and Oriental medicine diagnosis. Shiatsu takes a very individualized approach – it doesn’t look for a disease like a set of symptoms. Rather, it assesses the energetic and physical balance – or imbalance- within the conditions the patient is presenting, and treats accordingly. Even though two people might come with headaches, the treatment, the choice of meridians, the combination of stretches, would be different.