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Zen-Shiatsu Session: Introduction

A Zen-Shiatsu session is a therapeutic Bodywork session combining elements of meditation (Zen) with application of so called "finger-pressure" (Shiatsu - in Japanese). In reality, an experienced Zen Shiatsu therapist uses the meditative aspect in his focus on the patient's body and mind "being". The relaxed and mediative state of both the therapist and patient is concurrent with application of varying degrees and types of pressure and gentle stretching, applied to the patients body, through the use of thumbs, palms, fingers, forearms, knees elbows and feet. Shiatsu is a non-verbal exchange and dialog of life force (Qi) between the giver (therapist) and the receiver (patient) of Shiatsu. The giver is also a receiver, just as much as the receiver is also a giver. It is important to understand this meditative element of Zen Shiatsu, as it is one of the most sensitive tools to access, as well as influence the receiver's condition.

Along with the desired meditative state comes the giver's focus on the patient's breathing pattern. This is essential in choosing not only the right timing to apply pressure technique, but also to diagnose the intensity or weakness of the life-force in various organs, pressure points (Tsubos), and along the invisible network of Qi flow.

When a new patient arrives for a first treatment, the therapist may choose to use a number of "tools" for diagnosis. For example: the patient's posture, complexion, hand shake, the contours of the head and wrinkles on the face, the shape and condition of the nails, the moisture of the hand shake, the examination of the tongue, the pulse, and many other tools, yet the most important and reliable "tool" of Zen-Shiatsu is the Touching Diagnosis, which will be discussed at length further on.

The session begins with the therapist listening to the patient's story and complaints, which should be documented in much detail, as they serve the therapist later in successfully understanding conditions that may stem from the patient's medical and personal background. This is also the time to start creating a practitioner-patient relationship and trust. One of the misfortunes of Western Medicine is the fact that the doctor-patient relationship is brisk, business-like, frequently lacking empathy. A good Shiatsu therapist is such that truly wishes to share his patient's concerns and feelings, and there is no better and more humane way to share these concerns than through physical contact.

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Under any conditions the Holistic work provided by the WellPath Holistic therapists is NOT to be considered as an substitute to a medicinal intervention. The results of our work is considered Therapeutic but not Medicinal. We do not, under any circumstances claim to diagnose ,provide medical prognosis or promise miraculous recovery.  The act of signing the  Patient Medical History form is a waiver signed by the client waving any and all claims of liability for the development or worsening in client's medicinal physical and mental condition. Reminder : Therapeutic Massage in NOT sexual.  The following level of clarity  is apparently needed: the term 'full body' does not include the genital or anal regions.  Any licensed Massage Therapist who performs such acts should be reported to the  North Carolina Board of Massage Therapy or the Police.