Quantum Shiatsu and it’s History
Shiatsu literally means finger pressure and is a form of Japanese bodywork developed in the early 20th century but whose roots lie in the ancient arts of Chinese medicine and massage.
The guiding philosophy is that there exists a vital energy (Ki in Japanese, Qi in Chinese) that pervades all things, binds the universe and runs through channels in our bodies called meridians. The harmony and balance of Ki fosters good health and peace of mind.
There are several different types of Shiatsu that vary greatly in style and technique. In the1950’s Shizuto Masunaga introduced Zen Shiatsu to the West. It has a strong theory based in Chinese medicine and emphasizes understanding the client as a whole being and that addressing an imbalance of Ki in the body can effect the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of the person.
It is performed through clothing, applying moderate and sometimes deep pressure to points along the meridians. Unlike other styles that work a series of points, Zen Shiatsu works the whole meridian throughout the body.
In the early 1990’s Pauline Sasaki developed Quantum Shiatsu. She was a long-time student of Masunaga’s and a master practitioner of Zen Shiatsu when she began having experiences with her clients’ energy that went beyond the parameters of Zen Shiatsu. She “followed the energy” in her clients and on the planet and studied principles of quantum physics and metaphysics. She became aware of the transformational energies in our environment, the instability but the possibility for great change. Over time Pauline evolved the work to support the current circumstances, designing it to help people adjust to the changing energies, to be more comfortable in their bodies while expanding their experience of themselves.
Quantum Shiatsu works the meridians in an expansive way that makes space in the body and activates the layers of energy off the body. Work on and off the body is then used to incorporate the light energy back into the physical form. Quantum Shiatsu is not tying to fix something that is wrong in a client, but rather align their energy with what is strong and expansive in themselves, to integrate the whole.