In essence, though very useful in remedial therapy (see below), regular Shiatsu treatments can help maintain and experience good health, in a proactive and preventative way.
Shiatsu can be of benefit when experiencing:
In addition, Shiatsu can be useful when going through life experiences and transitions such as:
If you are considering using Shiatsu as a complementary therapy for a medical condition, always discuss it with your doctor or healthcare professional first.
“Some of the most common symptoms which may be amenable to treatment by Shiatsu include: headaches, migraine, stiff necks and shoulders, backaches, coughs, colds, menstrual problems, respiratory illnesses including asthma and bronchitis, sinus trouble and catarrh, insomnia, tension, anxiety and depression, fatigue and weakness, digestive disorders and bowel trouble, circulatory problems, rheumatic and arthritic complaints, sciatica and conditions following sprains and injuries.”
In studies where protocol-based treatments were given (very different from a Shiatsu session) several acupressure points have been found to have beneficial effects on health conditions “in particular: SP6 for dysmenorrhoea; PC6 for nausea and vomiting postoperatively, in chemotherapy and pregnancy; combinations of ST36, SP6, KI1, KI3, HT17, KI11 and GB34 for renal symptoms; a range of points for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder); HT7 and other points for sleep in elderly residents; and perhaps GB20, GV20, HT7, PC6 and SP6 for agitation in dementia”.
With regards to individualised treatments, several studies provide pragmatic evidence for relief from low back pain and headache. Other studies also supported the long-term effects of acupressure/Shiatsu, for example for nausea and vomiting.
The review concludes that “the evidence for protocol-based treatment supports suggestions that nurses incorporate acupressure and Shiatsu into their practice, in particular for pain relief, fatigue in cancer, augmenting effects of medication, providing comfort and improving breathing. Shiatsu could be effectively delivered in general practice but further research in clinical and cost effectiveness is warranted”
In Vienna a 15 year trial in a hospital was conducted, in the course of which 30000 Shiatsu treatments were given, and the administration of shiatsu in parallel with standard hospital care was highly recommended by the hospital staff. Follow this link to watch a video illustrating this happening, possibly a blueprint for similar trials to also be run in the UK.