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THE BENEFITS OF SHIATSU MASSAGE

Nina J. Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Stress, tension and fatigue are daily issues in this modern time. Unfortunately, excessive stress can cause various health problems. To prevent that from happening we need to take some time off on a regular basis in order to relax and pamper ourselves. One great option to restore your inner balance is Shiatsu Massage.

What is Shiatsu Massage Therapy?

Shiatsu Massage is a type of massage therapy that was primarily developed in Japan where it is a part of traditional medicine. With its name derived from the Japanese term for "finger pressure," it involves applying pressure to specific points on the body, moving from one point to another in a rhythmic sequence. It is a holistic healing method, which helps balance the body’s energy flows and consequently the process of self-healing.

The massage is very pleasant and relaxing, thus it has a positive effect on the general wellbeing – it’s one of the most effective massage therapies.

While Shiatsu has roots in traditional Chinese medicine, it's now commonly practiced throughout the world. There are also countless gadgets, like massage chairs, back and neck massagers, and cushions said to simulate shiatsu.

How does Shiatsu Massage help?

For centuries the ancient techniques of shiatsu massage have been devoted to the natural healing of numerous health issues. Research on the health effects of shiatsu is fairly limited, but there's some evidence that it may offer certain benefits.

·         Helps in maintaining energy and thus is especially useful for busy people

·         Improves blood circulation

·         Best antidote to stress, anxiety and depression

·         Reduces headaches/migraines

·         Good for athletes as it reduces sprains and injuries

·         Reduces neck and shoulder pains as well as backaches (Including sciatica)

·         Minimises the occurrence of respiratory problems like cold, cough etc.

·         Improves sleep

·         Improves digestion and eases bowel troubles

·         Reduces morning sickness and menstrual problems

·         Suitable for asthma patients

What Does Shiatsu Feel Like?

Shiatsu massage ensures the harmony of body and mind, as it combines the wisdom, knowledge and experience of alternative healing. The massage is done employing various massage techniques where the therapist uses his/her fingers, knuckles, palms, elbows, knees and feet. The therapist also uses his/her own body weight, which is the reason why the massage is done on the floor on a special mattress. Light clothes are worn so that the therapist can apply pressure on the acupressure points and eliminate energy blockades.

In some cases, the pressure points stimulated during shiatsu may feel tender. Those receiving shiatsu often describe this tenderness as "good pain," but it's important to alert your therapist if you feel discomfort or pain during your massage. Your therapist can then adjust the pressure to make the massage more comfortable for you.

How is Shiatsu Massage similar to or different from other techniques?

The commonly known shiatsu massage therapies are Thai massage, aromatherapy, hot stone massage and deep tissue massage. All these massage therapies are meant to provide mind and body peace.

The techniques of shiatsu massage include the usage of palms, fingers, feet and thumbs. The complete treatment is carried out by applying pressure using the finger pads and each point is typically held for two to eight seconds. Besides enjoying this massage for the relief it provides, many also love shiatsu for its varied benefits and for its ability to make you feel better and reduce various health issues.

How you have it?

Shiatsu is typically done on a low massage table or on a mat on the floor. Although the sequence is often similar to other types of massage, no massage oil is used, so it is usually done with the client fully clothed in loose, comfortable clothing.

While shiatsu is generally considered safe when done by a qualified professional, certain individuals should take caution and consult a physician before receiving shiatsu. For example, there's some concern that shiatsu may have harmful effects in pregnant women, patients who have recently undergone chemotherapy or radiation, and people with such conditions as osteoporosis, heart disease, and blood clotting disorders.

Additionally, shiatsu should not be performed directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumours, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures. People with leg stents should avoid abdominal massage. Shiatsu should also be avoided immediately after surgery, and by people with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds.

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