THE COURSE OF ZEN SHIATSU TREATMENT
Zen Shiatsu is performed on a futon on the floor, allowing the practitioner access from all sides and the ability to apply pressure using body weight as opposed to pushing just with finger pressure, as may be done with other massage techniques. The shiatsu recipient should be dressed comfortably with light clothing. No massage oils or lotions are used or needed because the practitioner does not slide along the body surface, but gives a series of pressure along the meridians.
We first begin the treatment with three methods of diagnosis:
1) a short health history:
Some questions are asked over the patient’s health condition; both physical and emotional history are important.
2) pols and tong diagnosis:
The body of the tongue is indicative of the condition of the tissues of the body. And so is the pols. Both indicates a favorable prognosis for the treatment.
3) hara diagnosis:
Abdominal palpation; on the abdominal area all organs are represented. A soft palpation can determine which organ, represented by its meridian, needs more attention.
The diagnosis is primarily aimed at determining whether each meridian is relatively « empty » (in deficiency of ki energy) or relatively « full » (in excess of ki).
The practitioner works within a meditative state, focusing on the responses of the recipient so as to properly direct the therapy, as opposed to focusing on selection of pressure points by a theoretical system.