More and more people fall into the category of what we may call “semi-sick”. They have something wrong with them, little aches and pains, feel uncomfortable, indigestion, some depression or anxiety, difficulty concentrating etc .etc. – nothing sufficient for a doctor to diagnose and give a name to or prescribe an effective treatment for. So, the symptoms come and go, may get worse but very seldom seem to disappear completely. The body’s not quite up to sorting out these little problems.
Western Medicine has followed the highly scientific mode of determining the nature of an illness on the basis of its symptoms and causes, giving the illness a name and then treating it with medicines (which often have side effects) or surgery which is not strictly necessary.
However, the natural tendency of a living organism is to cure itself. Surely, the most effective and natural way to cure an illness is to stimulate self healing.
As a result of this dilemma many people are now re-evaluating oriental health systems where the emphasis is on stimulating and supporting the body’s powers of self-cure within a therapy that is in harmony with each individual’s entire organism.
Shiatsu is such a system: – for, the healthy, the semi-sick and the sick.