Shizuto Masunaga (1925 – 1981) developed Zen shiatsu in the sixties of the previous century. In Zen shiatsu he combined the traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine with the influences of Western medicine such as physiology, anatomy and psychology.
Shiatsu aims at releasing stress, influencing respiration and enhancing blood circulation and posture. Shiatsu heals, redirects to one’s self, one’s power of healing and to its power of relaxation. As a result of this, it calms the autonomic nervous system, which has the effect of calming nervous distress and increasing resistance to stress. By helping with blood and lymph circulation in the body, shiatsu helps to maintain and improve muscle tone and healthy internal organ function and will strengthen the immune system.
Shiatsu has a preventive effect and restores the body’s natural resistance, resilience and recuperative power.