Shiatsu has been widely practiced around the world since the 1970s, more publicly in North America, since several Japanese masters brought it to public light with publications and work with famous Americans. Historically, styles of Shiatsu date back to the single digit centuries, although several different types of Shiatsu have been differentiated since then. Shizuto Masanaga, from Japan, brought it to public light with his book Zen Shiatsu. Ohashi continues to educate practitioners worldwide, in his technique of meditative Shiatsu, and is an author of six books, and multiplle videos and published articles.
"Ohashiatsu is a unique method of healing touch. It’s also a method of meditation, and a way to improve your own health. Different from shiatsu and acupressure, Ohashiatsu was initially developed to keep the “giver’s” body healthy. The relaxed state of the giver actually makes a session more effective and more comfortable for the receiver. Ohashiatsu combines hands-on touch techniques, limb rotation, and stretches, in a seamless flow of movement that leaves you both relaxed and energized." from his website: http://www.ohashiatsu.org/us/index.php/what-is-ohashiatsu
Shiatsu means “finger pressure,” which describes the technique. In shiatsu therapy, pressure with thumbs, hands, elbows, knees or feet is applied to pressure points on the body. This form of massage also focuses on rotating and stretching limbs, joints, and pressure points, or meridians, as they’re called in traditional Chinese medicine.
My first love in bodywork was Shiatsu, learning Ohashi and Masunaga's styles, eventually making the smooth flowing meditative session my own. After studying Thai Massage I came to the realization that these two Eastern therapies are headed in the same direction, offering a personal awareness and internal exploration for the client, as well as a therapeutic physical treatment that is both energizing and relaxing at the same time.
I like to combine Thai Massage and Shiatsu into what I call Bodhi-Time, as the two philosophies are similar and the techniques are done with similar movements in mind. Both seek to eliminate stagnation and generate energy in the receiver, although the giver benefits as well, with increased energy and mobility.
What a fantastic way to generate energy in your body, which helps calm the mind, and soothe the spirit. Sessions are done on a comfortable floor mat, fully clothed. Practitioners use the meridian lines as a guide to open communication channels for ENERGY!!
Sessions are usually 90 minutes.
Here are a few pages that describe the history and styles a bit more in detail:
and more about Ohashi: http://www.ohashiatsu.org/us/index.php/what-is-ohashiatsu