The effects of Shiatsu-Anma

Shiatsu and Anma both aim to promote the natural healing process already existing in our body, whether it is for maintenance and well-being, helping to restore our body’s stamina or specifically alleviating any health condition.

Due to their non-manipulative and non-aggressive nature, Shiatsu and Anma apply a very safe, accurate, deep and sensitive pressure techniques, along with stretches and exercises. Thus it helps the body to naturally return to a state of recovery in specific body areas and conditions were it has been compromised.

Shiatsu and Anma can affect all of our body’s systems, tissues and cells, from muscles and connective tissues to nerves, bones density & structure and organs/systems activities. The later is usually affected through stimulations of the Autonomic nerve system, regulating and balancing it.

Classic Asian resources mention the concept of “Qi” energy (Jap. “KI”) that relates to the “cosmic breath” that flows through everything in the universe and determines the quality of existence as well as health. Traditional Asian medicine focuses on removing blockages in the flow of “Qi” so to allow it to naturally metabolize the cells and heal them. In my humble understanding I associate “Qi” flow with the Aerobic energy metabolizing every body cell throughout the blood stream, constantly exchanging fresh Oxygen with CO2 (“old”, waste). Through accurate pressure-techniques we stimulate the nerve-system to activate the Diaphragm muscle and renew the blood flow to specific points and body areas. A healing recovery cycle is thus being encouraged.

Shiatsu and Anma can be effective directly (locally) and indirectly:

Direct effects include: releasing local tension in the Musculoskeletal system, stimulating or relaxing local nerves, improving joints range-of-motion (ROM) and invigorating flow of blood and other bodily fluids.

Indirect effects are achieved by stimulating the central nerve system (CNS; brain) and the Autonomic nerve system (ANS, balancing the sympathetic and para-sympathetic systems) and thus regulating autonomic physiology within the body and encouraging self correction.

By potentially affecting all body tissues and systems we may conclude that Shiatsu-Anma therapy can help individual with almost any health condition if the reason for their condition is inner tension damaging tissues and obstructing the natural physiology of their body as a whole, such as in overworked or damaged muscles, overworked nerves-system, lifestyle habbits that weaken the immune system, past trauma that over-stimulate body systems like in Asthma and more.

To conclude:

Shiatsu-Anma is all about improving circulation, “cell-breathing” metabolism, neurological balance. Thus promoting the natural ability of our body to heal or recover itself. Shiatsu-Anma can be a therapy by itself or included as part of a whole therapy program (like in a case of weight control or any chronic physiological condition). When our tissues breath naturally and neurologically balanced, we are at our best!



PAIN in oriental understanding is NOT a pathogen causing a health-related problem but simply “stagnation” in KI/Blood flow (or- body functioning). Pain is nothing but a STIMULUS created by the body when trouble is sensed, such as damaged tissue, that is delivered to the brain providing information about the characteristics of the problem and awakening a natural RECOVERY process. Thus, proving the mind is relaxed (parasympathetic state).

So fighting pain is not the root of recovery because ignoring/sedating pain means interfering the natural process of recovery.

The goal in Shiatsu-Anma therapy is to “reveal” the pain by touching in a controlled relaxed manner so the natural process is unblocked and renewed (KI flow). If pain indicates severe local damage than naturally we will not be able to comfortably touch it!

STRESS is the body’s reaction to a change that requires a physical, mental or emotional adjustment or response. It begins as a momentary tension and after a while may become “fixed” in the body and deteriorate its functioning and health, for example an unexpressed emotion, or a rigid joint that cannot move.

As practitioners we may sense stress as a field of excess conductivity (nerves activity) at relevant areas/points, like a “magnetic field”. So stressed points/areas can actually attract our senses, like magnets, providing we are relaxed and intuitive. When Stress and pain are starting to resolve, body breathing is stimulated (relaxation)!

So a skilled practitioner is not “afraid” of pain but enjoys it!