What is Shiatsu Massage ?
It is a relaxing treatment that can be beneficial for stress, back pain, headaches, neck stiffness, joint pain, reduced mobility, whiplash injuries & sport injuries.
Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning ” finger pressure”. Shiatsu massage is a therapeutic technique that uses the fingers & palms to apply pressure to particular parts of the body.
To maintain good health & help ward of illness, Shiatsu massage uses manipulative techniques & hand pressure to correct the imbalances of the body.
Shiatsu Massage – How Does It Work ?
Early forms of massage used rubbing, squeezing, stroking, tapping, pushing & pulling in order to influence the circulatory system & the muscles of the body. Shiatsu massage is much simpler.
The Palms, fingers & thumbs are used to apply a still, relaxed pressure at various points on the body. Despite the apparent simplicity, these uncomplicated movements can have a profound effect on the body’s energy on a subtle level ensuring it flows smoothly.
The view of Traditional Chinese Medicine is that energy, ‘Chi’ circulates along channels called meridians. Free flowing Chi brings strong fresh energy & carries away spent energy together with toxins.
Headaches, Sleeplessness or Depression is all viewed as blocked or diverted Chi which must be cleared & restored.
Also known as Zen Shiatsu, there are several different types of Shiatsu massage. Some concentrate on acupressure points, others emphasize more general work on the body.
What Happens During a Session ?
When an individual experiences a headache, it is viewed as more than just one event. It is not simply a pain occurring in the head to be healed with no regard for it’s origins. It is seen as an obstruction of Chi.
Chi relates to the overall energy patterns of an individuals body, their particular circumstances & lifestyle. Treatment therefore, will be applied to the body as a whole & not just to the area where pain is being experienced.
Treating the body as a whole rather than attempting to stop the superficial symptoms brings about a more effective & longer lasting change.
During a Shiatsu massage session, the practitioner uses palms, fingers & thumbs to detect & correct problems on the surface of the body. This practice is referred to as ‘diagnosis & therapy combined’.
The prevention & recovery of illnesses is promoted by stimulating the immune system.
As the whole body is treated, the natural ability to heal is stimulated as Shiatsu massage works to restore the physical functions of the nervous system, the circulatory system, muscle & bone structure.
Benefits of Shiatsu Massage
Shiatsu massage helps support individuals in moving towards a greater sense of health & well-being by adjusting the body’s physical structure & it’s natural inner energies.
Additional Health Benefits Include :
- Deep muscle & tissue relaxation
- Stress reduction & management
- Releases toxins from the body
- Disease prevention
- Increased flexibility
- Improved blood circulation
- Reduces mental anxieties
- Balances Chi
- Calms nervousness
- Increases mental & spiritual awareness.
As with most massage therapies, Shiatsu massage may not be appropriate for certain medical conditions.
These include, but are not limited to, acute disorders, malignant tumours, acute inflammation, serious internal organ disease & ulcers.
As with any complimentary therapy you should contact your physician before embarking on a course of treatment.
Shiatsu Massage – Attending a Session
Your first session will start with an initial consultation. During discussion you advise your practitioner which areas you would like worked on.
You should wear thin, loose , comfortable clothing, such as cotton or linen when attending a Shiatsu massage & expect to lie on the floor.
Your Shiatsu massage will involve rotating & stretching of joints, manipulation of pressure points & deep breathing.
Proponents of Shiatsu massage believe it is both healing & preventative. They suggest that regular sessions together with stretching, exercise, & a healthy diet, may improve your health.
To get the best from Shiatsu massage, seek out a suitably trained & qualified therapist.
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