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Shiatsu faq

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is the Japanese art of finger pressure. Most people associate shiatsu with massage, but actually it is quite different. Shiatsu consists of rhythmic, single point finger pressure applied along the "qi" energy channels or meridians of the body. Shiatsu is simple, safe, non-invasive and at the same time, very effective in the treatment of many acute and chronic disorders.

Based on research in Japan, it has been documented that shiatsu is very effective in calming the sympathetic nervous system and improving the tone and function of the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymph nodes, endocrine glands and internal organs.


What are the unique features of Kamiya shiatsu?

Shiatsu Ryoho means ‘single method of treatment’. Shiatsu therapy (finger-pressure treatment) is the base of Kamiya therapy to which he adds several other complimentary modalities. Kaz practices shiatsu ryoho in order to achieve the maximum treatment result for the client’s individual problem from each treatment. The ability to assess and treat clients with the most effective techniques is a skill that has refined over thirty years of experience and training.


What are Kaz Kamiya's professional credentials?

Kaz is a Licensed Health Practitioner in the city of Toronto with professional accrediation as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT) in Ontario and a Certified Shiatsu Therapist (CST) with the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Ontario. He was trained in Japan under the great shiatsu master Shizuto Masunaga.



How quickly can I expect improvement of my symptoms?

Treatment time can vary greatly depending on several factors:

  • how long you have been living with the problem
  • your level of general health
  • your committment to self-care which may include recommended stretches and exercises

Clients normally feel a general sense of relaxation and relief from pain after even a single treatment. Sometimes clients report that they feel a bit more pain or stiffness right after a treatment and then feel better a day or two later. Often clients don’t notice that they feel better until they suddenly realize that their chronic pain is gone. A general guideline for what you can expect is:

  • if the problem is recent, say 1-2 weeks, you can expect rapid improvement with just a few treatments.
  • if the problem is long-term, more than 6 months, you can expect some immediate improvement with a few treatments but need continuing treatments to produce long-lasting results
  • if you do the recommended self-care, then you will experience more improvement more quickly
  • it is always helpful to continue with treatments at least once a month once symptoms are resolved to keep your body in good shape and to prevent future problems.

What else can I do to feel better?

To improve the quality of your health and to help make your treatment more effective, follow the Kamiya Prescription for Healthy Living.