Shiatsu is Japanese for “finger pressure,” and is a type of alternative medicine consisting of finger and palm pressure, stretches, and other massage techniques. Promoted to help people relax and cope with stress and depression, shiatsu in now being touted as a unique and successful alternative to headache drugs. Some practitioners refer to this kind of technique as “acupuncture without needles.”
Perhaps it is best to illustrate the health benefits of this technique through an anecdote about Dr. Jerry Teplitz. Dr. Teplitz is a well-renowned practitioner of shiatsu for over 30 years, teaching its various techniques to thousands of people around the world.
One time he took his shiatsu program into a prison. He was not prepared for the rowdy audience whose choice was either to work or come see his program on headache cures. In order to demonstrate shiatsu, Dr. Teplitz needed someone from the audience. He picked a prison ringleader! When Dr. Teplitz finished demonstrating, the prisoner told him that his headache was worse. It was then that Dr. Teplitz discovered the inmate had a migraine. He performed the shiatsu treatment for migraine on the prisoner and the migraine was completely gone.
Shiatsu may not be for you, but as the saying goes, “You won’t know ‘til you try it!”
[Photo Credit: Shiatsu Loft Berlin on Flickr]