Shiatsu is a non-invasive hands on holistic complementary therapy with profound results through connecting with the internal organs, fascia, nervous and immune systems and balancing the flow of our natural life force energy source 'ki' for a healthy mind and body.
Meridians, the Primo Vascular System, are the 14 channels described in Traditional Chinese Medicine that connect to the internal organs and fascia with Yin and Yang pairs within the Five Transformations of Energy - Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Shiatsu has much anecdotal evidence to support its benefits to the mind, body and soul and, in recent years, scientific evidence has emerged with physical proof of the meridian system in the mammalian body along with chemical and electrical activity at yu points along the Bladder Meridian.
Donna's university dissertation entitled 'Does Stimulation by Shiatsu to the Horse's Bladder Meridian have an Effect on the 5 Viscera Yu Points?' revealed some interesting results to support existing and ongoing research. Through Thermal Imaging Donna found Shiatsu stimulation to the Lung, Heart, Liver, Spleen and Kidney Yu Points along the Bladder Meridian increased surface temperature of these points 5 minutes and 30 minutes post treatment compared to a Sham treatment.
By using fingers, thumbs, heal of hand and elbows to the Meridian acupoints, Donna is able to aid stimulation for the flow of ‘ki’ around the body in the meridians to relieve pain, tension, anxiety, stress and depression by removing blocked ‘jitsu’ or depleted ‘kyo’ areas within the system. Each meridian is linked to an internal organ, nerves and fascia and all are interconnected, thus maintaining optimum balance of ki. Shiatsu has many similar positive effects to massage.
Donna is trained in the Classical Five Element Shiatsu techniques, has insurance with Balens and is a member of the Equine Shiatsu Association (tESA).