Shiatsu massage therapy relies on the use the fingers, thumbs and palm to apply pressure to various areas of the body’s surface to help heal common ailments and conditions, and correct imbalances in the body. Pressure applied to points on the body promotes energy flow and corrects disharmonies throughout the patient’s body. In addition to being a deeply relaxing experience, Shiatsu helps relieve stress, treat pain and illness, and contributes to a patient’s overall health and wellbeing.
Shiatsu regulates the automatic nervous system activity and stimulates the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems. Poor posture, joint problems, sprains, arthritis, sciatica, acute and chronic neck and back pain, sinusitis, and bronchitis are treatable with Shiatsu.
How is Shiatsu similar to or different from other techniques?
Shiatsu massage therapy uses techniques similar to those found in other treatment methods such as osteopathy, lymphatic drainage and physiotherapy. However, Shiatsu practitioners attribute physical health conditions and diseases to blockages and imbalances in the energy flow throughout the body, which differentiates its diagnosis and treatment from other massage therapy modalities.
Shiatsu works to improve overall health by affecting the internal energy system. Therapy often results in increased range of motion and improved coordination. Used as either a primary or complementary therapy, Shiatsu combines assisted-stretching techniques and acupressure to restore muscle and bone structure.
According to the Japanese healing treatment, Shiatsu (meaning finger pressure) massage uses thumbs, fingers, elbows, and knees to concentrate pressure at certain energy pathways in the body called meridians. The massage also known as acupressure works to reduce muscle tension and fatigue and is thought to improve blood circulation in the body as well as improve function of the lymphatic system.
Shiatsu massage has been shown to relax nearly everyone who receives it. Research conducted by the Shiatsu Society and the European Shiatsu Federation showed that nearly 95 percent of the study participants felt calmer and more relaxed after a shiatsu session. In addition to feeling calmer the ESF study showed that 54 percent of the study group slept better after a session.
- Muscle Aches
Shiatsu massage can work the tension and spasms out of muscles. In addition to the act of rubbing and pulling at the skin and muscles, shiatsu helps to release tension by pressing on acupressure points that release tension. The ESF study showed that more than 85 percent of participants reported feeling better about symptoms including tension, back pain, joint pain and posture problems.
- Other Benefits