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shiatsu - History of Shiatsu, Definition of Shiatsu, Essence of Shiatsu, Shiatsu Standardization, Indications and Contraindications

energy treatment diagnosis massage

A form of massage in which pressure is applied to acupuncture points and meridians using the fingers, thumbs, and sometimes elbows, knees, hands, and feet. The diagnosis of energy imbalance or blockage is made according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, but with an emphasis on abdominal diagnosis to select the points and meridians for treatment. The massage is designed to release blockages and balance the flow of energy, and healing energy may also be transmitted from the practitioner to the patient during a shiatsu treatment.

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