Shiatsu on the face and head
There are a large number of different exercises and techniques, but at each time the giver must be relaxed and calm to enable the flow of ki to occur and thus make the shiatsu work to full effect. As an example, the following exercise on the face and head begins with the receiver’s head being held firmly in one hand and, using the thumb of the other hand, pressing upwards in a straight line between the eyebrows towards the hairline.
Each movement should only be quite small, about 12 millimetres (0.5 inch). The fingers should then be placed on each side of the head and both thumbs used to press from the inner end of the eyebrows towards the hairline . Again, holding the hands at each side of the head, the thumbs should then be used to press from the start of the eyebrows across the brow to the outside. With the fingers in place at each side of the face, work the thumbs across the bone below the each side of the face, work the thumbs across the bone below the eyes, moving approximately 6 millimetrs (0.25 inch) at a time .
Commencing with the thumbs a little to one side of each nostril, press across the face below the cheekbones . Press one thumb in the area between the top lip and nose and then press with both the thumbs outwards over the upper jaw. Next, press one thumb in the hollow below the lower lip and then press outwards with both thumbs over the lower part of the jaw . The giver then puts all fingers of the hands beneath the lower jaw and then leans backwards so that pressure is exerted.
Kyo and jitsu energy
As a person progresses in the study of shiatsu and comes to understand the needs and requirements of others, he or she will gradually be able to give beneficial therapy. It is believed that energy, as previously defined, is the basis for all life, and it is divided into two types known as kyo and jitsu. If the energy is low or deficient, it is known as kyo, and if there is an excess or the energy is high, it is know as jitsu.
These two factors will therefore affect the typed of shiatsu that is given and, with practice, it should be possible to assess visually and also by touch what type a person is. A few general guidelines as to how a person can vary his or her shiatsu to suit either kyo or hitsu types are given below. As the person progresses, however, it is likely that an intuitive awareness will develop of what is most suitable for a particular person. For kyo types (low or deficient in energy), a gentloe and sensitive touch is required and any stretched positions can be maintained for a longer time as this will bring more energy to that part of the body.
Pressure, head by the thumb or palm, can also be maintained for an increased length of time, approximately 10-15 seconds. For jitsu types (high or excess energy), the stretches can be done quite quickly so that the energy is dispersed, and also shaking or rocking areas of the body can have the same effect. The pressure that is exerted by the thumbs or palms should also be held for a shorter length of time, so that excess energy is dispelled.