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Shiatsu works by activating the persons ‘QI’ (vital energy). It does this by unblocking the ‘CHANNELS’ (the pathways that carry the Qi) if they are stuck or blocked, or by directing Qi into areas that are deficient of energy. The result of the Qi becoming obstructed or deficient cancreate areas of stiffness, pain or discomfort in the muscles or joints. They can also create more diverse problems in the body which are more systemic eg- diabetes, high blood pressure etc.
The term Qi or energy is something people can have a difficulty in understanding so a basic translation will follow.
The Qi has a unique affinity with the blood and the Qi is the bloods motive force. This translates into the circulation of the blood throughout the body. The Qi and the blood can not be separated, therefore stimulating what is known as the ‘Qi’ also stimulates the blood flow in that area.
It is known that a good supply of blood is need to heal areas of damage, provide a healthy supply of nutrients and to remove waste products produced by the organs and tissues of the body. To harness the Qi of the body means that you harness the blood flow and circulation of the body, and this can lead to an improvement in the health of an individual. This is one of the functions of the Qi, but there are also other specific functions that the Qi does which are not contained within this text.