Shiatsu and Cancer patients

Shiatsu 2 Go is helping cancer patients in partnership with Jefferson Hospital.

Shiatsu and Cancer patients

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The Power of Touch

Ancient healing the palm of a hand

 
 

Shiatsu therapy is used as a form of regaining strength and function for patients undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or for those who are experiencing an extended illness.

This popular contemporary therapy is based in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). The three major branches of TCM are Asian bodywork therapies (ABT), acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Similar to acupuncture, shiatsu focuses on treating the patient's bio-energetic system by applying finger and hand pressure to the body's energy channels (meridians) and the acupoints.

The goal of shiatsu therapy is to shift the imbalances within that bio-energetic system back into a state of balance, which enhances the ability of the body, mind and spirit to care for itself. Aside from being a pleasant experience, the benefits of shiatsu include:

  • Decreasing stress, anxiety, fear, frustration, depression and anger

  • Easing symptoms such as nausea/vomiting, aches/pains, and fatigue

  • Reestablishing a positive and healthy relationship with one's body

  • Stimulation of the body's natural healing capacity

  • Strengthening the immune system

A session begins with questions about your health history, illness and symptoms. The practitioner will give you a personal treatment based on the symptoms quoted by the patient. The goal of the partitioner is to treat the root of the problem and not only the branches (symptoms). To do so, acupressure, stretches, and energy medicine will be performed in a special manner. Shiatsu is performed fully clothed on a Japanese futon or a massage table.