Shiatsu massage is a type of Japanese bodywork that uses finger pressure in a rhythmic sequence. It is a form of acupressure that’s been practiced in Japan for over 100 years now. It uses acupressure methods, which is applied with hands, thumbs, elbows and knees. Shiatsu acupressure originated from acupuncture therapy and traditional Chinese medicine. Though the main difference is that acupuncture uses very thin needles, however in acupressure the therapist uses deep tissue pressure on the twelve body meridians.
Shiatsu Massage Origin
Shiatsu massage originates from the ancient Chinese dynasty. It was developed in 530 B.C., than it was carried across Japan, Southeast Asia and Korea where it was popularly used. Shiatsu massage was practiced for treating simple muscular tension in the 20th century and became widely popularized used in the United States, Europe and Australia in the 1970s. When Shiatsu massage became very prevalent in Japan, at least one member of a Japanese family practiced Shiatsu to aid family members. Since it has numerous benefits, Shiatsu massage is considered to be a healing therapy but it does not heal the disease itself. Shiatsu has a direct effect on the meridians of the body, which in turn helps unblock the meridian points where the chi is jammed resulting to health problems. Oriental medicine teachings say that the leading cause of disease is the unbalanced chi in the body. Shiatsu massage helps to reach the harmony of chi in the whole body.
Shiatsu Massage Involves
Shiatsu massage begins with mild stretching and manipulation of your skin to relax the muscles. Shiatsu acupressure massage uses the same points as acupuncture. Essentially, acupressure techniques are applied on the 12 meridians of your body, and along these meridians are the acupressure points. Pressure is placed on the areas of attention and is done slowly with soft and deep movements. A typical technique is to use the therapist’s body weight creating pressure on the meridians. Shiatsu is done while you are lying down on your stomach and on your back. This allows the therapist to process each energetic point of the meridians. Shiatsu massage is offered for 1 hour though it’s your choice to extend depending on your need. Shiatsu is considered a dry massage where you will only need a towel on top of your body. Many clients are pleasurably surprised when they try shiatsu for the first time. Your muscles will be treated with your preferred pressure while enjoying the relaxing therapeutical movements. Generally you will experience a great after feeling with revived muscles and joints.
Shiatsu Massage Benefits
Nowadays, shiatsu massage caters to many different purposes such as relaxation, support to healing processes and other physical symptoms. It aids to stimulate your secretion of the sebaceous glands to keep your skin moist and smooth. Eventually your skin becomes resilient, which results into prevention of premature aging. Another great impact is that it will improve your blood circulation and gives your skin that great look and glow.
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