History of Shiatsu

Shiatsu History

Shiatsu (literally meaning “finger pressure”) is a form of eastern bodywork therapy that originated in Japan in the 1900’s. There are many styles of Shiatsu. The style used during a Shiatsu Magic session is Namikoshi Shiatsu. The Namikoshi Shiatsu School was founded in 1940 by Tokujiru Namikoshi. Tokujiru was the first person to combine western anatomical terminology with eastern bodywork to form a cohesive system, complete with precise sequences to address specific ailments of the body. Namikoshi Shiatsu is the art of applying calculated pressure to specific points on the body to aid in the natural rejuvenation process. During a session the therapist applies direct stimulation to the intercostal nerves of the spine and the neural sub plexus throughout the entire body. This process helps to relax the nervous system and increase blood and lymph flow in the body. Typically, over 300 pressure points are stimulated during a session.


Anma History

Anma (meaning “push/grasp”) Massage Therapy is a traditional form of eastern bodywork therapy that has been practiced in Japan for centuries. Anma is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, where energy imbalances in the body are thought to cause illness. In Anma the palms, fingers, thumbs, and elbows are used to knead the energy lines (meridians) of the body in order to free areas of obstruction and restore normal energetic and physiological functioning.