Shiatsu in Japanese means ‘finger pressure’ – it is a type of acupressure and has been practised for over 5000 years. Shiatsu uses gentle pressures, stretches and articulations bringing about beneficial effects through touch. Energy flows through the body along pathways called meridian lines which relate to the major organs of the body. If the pathways are damaged by trauma or general wear and tear the energy is either weakened or stops flowing which will lead to problems such as muscle weakness, lameness etc.
Shiatsu helps the body to heal itself. It stimulates the circulation and activates the immune system. It also activates the nervous system and releases endorphins, the body’s own natural painkiller.
The dog is treated in its own home. It is preferable to have a quiet room where the dog is comfortable and where there are no distractions. Shiatsu will benefit all dogs, young and old, healthy and infirm, performance/working dogs and family pets.