What can Shiatsu help with?

Many people have a Shiatsu treatment to help with general relaxation/tension and thus use it as a preventive health and wellbeing measure. Others have Shiatsu to help with a specific ailment.

Western medicine research methods are not suitable for complementary therapies, including Shiatsu, so it is difficult for us to provide the evidence required to prove it works. Western medicine use double-blind research which is not very suitable for complementary therapies (CAM) as the person knows they are being treated. CAM specifically include the practitioner, in terms of helping support and motivate the client, rather than exclude them, as RCTs (Random Controlled Trials) do. RCTs are also not suitable for nursing, psychotherapy and Occupational Therapy. CAM interventions are multi-faceted whereas RCTs can only measure one input at once. CAM practitioners tailor their treatments to the individual, which RCTs do not do. In Chinese Medicine a practitioner will look at the whole person, and this will include diet, lifestyle, emotional state, stress factors, all the conditions they present with, and their environment. Chinese Medicine treat the whole person.

Complementary therapies can only advertise within the ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) rules and the ASA website states for Shiatsu specifically:

“Shiatsu is a Japanese massage used to stimulate the body’s healing ability by applying pressure to points across the body. The types of claims that are likely to be acceptable are:

  • helps relaxation
  • improves mood
  • aids sleep
  • relieves tension
  • and the like

Claims that go beyond improving well-being are not likely to be acceptable.”

If you wish to find out if Shiatsu may help you then please contact your local Shiatsu Practitioner .