What’s the difference between Shiatsu and acupuncture?

Both Shiatsu and acupuncture work along the meridians. However, we don’t use needles for Shiatsu but rather positions and pressures so that soft the energy spreads.

What’s the difference between a massage ( a Swedish massage for instance) and Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is practised on the floor, on a futon on top of your clothes and no oil is needed. Shiatsu has an effect on the individual in its entirety: either physical, psychological or emotional.

What are the contraindications to Shiatsu?

The contraindications to Shiatsu are rare indeed. However, here is a list of what must be considered cautiously:

  • Fractures
  • High temperature
  • Acute inflammation
  • Phlebitis
  • Severe heart or lung problems
  • Haemorrhage
  • Recent surgery

How many sessions are recommended?

The number of sessions varies according to the individual’s needs. Several factors are taken into account such as age and health conditions, the seriousness of the problem, its intensity… In the most severe cases, clustered sessions may be necessary.

What are the side effects of Shiatsu?

There are no side effects, though you may feel really tired after a session. More rarely, some people may feel a minor aggravation of their symptoms during 24- 48H afterwards. They will this feel an improvement leading to a higher standard of general well-being.