Brenda VanNatta is a fully certified Shiatsu Practitioner and a graduate of Herbal Therapeutics School of Botanical Medicine. She has been practicing since 1997.
Based on the principles of Chinese medicine, Shiatsu and its cousin acupressure are very similar in theory to acupuncture. Over the centuries, Chinese health practitioners developed a system based on the premise that good health is dependent on the balanced flow of vitality in the body, and in particular, on the energy that flows through a specific system of channels, or meridians.
Today there are a number of variations of Shiatsu, some which focus on applying pressure to individual acupuncture points as in acupressure, and others which focus on working the meridian lines. Whatever the style, Shiatsu is designed to release blocks in circulation and energy flow, and to boost the flow of healing nutrients to organs, glands, muscles, and nerves.
The restoration of good circulation to all the tissues helps support the immune system and stimulates the body's natural inclination to heal.