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Shiatsu Diagnosis: Concepts of Excess (Jitsu) and Deficiency (Koyo)

Without correct diagnostic skills, the Shiatsu therapist cannot be more than a provider of self and "home healing" shiatsu. In Shiatsu, imbalance and disharmony in the body is diagnosed by the condition of the Qi flow in the Hara (the abdominal cavity from the solar plexus down to the pubic bone), and in the Qi Channels. By a very light and gentle palpitation of the Hara, a Shiatsu therapist can determine which of the organs, and the meridians linked to it, carries excess (Jitsu) Qi, and which carries too little Qi, and thus is named deficient (Koyo).

Shiatsu deals with the body as a whole, and thus also with our complete dual nervous system: the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. The diagnosis and the application of Shiatsu is done through contact with our skin. While Western massage approach is directed towards the surface only, thus stimulating the circulation. In Shiatsu, while dealing also with internal organs (those controlled by the parasympathetic nervous system) in order to influence their functioning the therapist must address the parasympathetic nervous system as well. To stimulate the body, we influence the sympathetic nerves, but in order to sedate/calm, we must activate the parasympathetic nerves.

The methodology used in Zen Shiatsu to influence the parasympathetic nerves calls for the simultaneous use of both hands. By using the palm of one hand and the fingertips of the other the therapist is able to feel in his palm the changes in Qi flow caused by applying pressure by the fingertips. If the patient feels discomfort the therapist simultaneously feels it.

Once the Jitsu and the Koyo are determined the treatment can proceed. If through pressure and stretching applied to the Hara and along the meridians the excess is dispersed and the deficiency is leveled, then the treatment is successful, and at the same time, this balancing causes all other meridians to balance themselves. To be somewhat more specific: in Shaitsu we stimulate the deficient organ/meridian by pressure or stretching. This technique is believed to "attract" and release the excess Qi "stored" in the excess organ/meridian, and causes it to flow to where it is most needed and balancing it. This activates all other organs and meridians, acting as a simulatenous self-balancing apparatus.

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