Shiatsu massage is different from other massage forms in that it does not employ the techniques of long, flowing strokes but rather focuses applied pressure to targeted muscles areas. Shiatsu massage is acupressure based on the same principal of acupuncture, that specific body areas correlate with specific internal organs. Pressure is applied to different spots on the body during the Shiatsu massage to unblock and balance the flow of energy to internal organs, help muscles heal from injuries, and is often used to help strengthen the body’s immune system in conjunction with conventional medicine to promote healing from various diseases.
Shiatsu Massage Techniques
Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning ‘finger pressure’, and a Shiatsu massage therapist will use their thumb and finger tips to apply pressure to acupressure points on the body. The elbow, knee and foot may also be used by the massage therapist to apply pressure to release deep seated muscle tension. The massage therapist may also manipulate the soft tissue area adjacent to a pressure point to increase blood flow.
Shiatsu massage is usually performed with the client fully clothed, lying on the floor on a mat. This position enables the massage therapist to use gravity and leverage during the massage session to apply pressure that will reach deep into the muscles.
Shiatsu massage is very intense, often resulting in uncontrollable emotional outbursts during a massage session. Spontaneous laughing, crying and shouting can occur as pressure is applied and energy released. Shiatsu massage clients often experience the aftermath of cold and flu symptoms, which are signs that the massage technique is working. The cold and flu symptoms will dissipate after a couple massage sessions.
Health Benefits Of Shiatsu Massage
The intense pressure applied during Shiatsu massage causes the brain to release endorphins, the ‘feel good’ hormone our body’s make which is a natural pain killer. Those who suffer from muscle injuries or chronic muscle pain can experience immediate pain relief and a feeling of overall contentment after a Shiatsu massage session. The massage will also increase blood flow to injured muscles and promote faster healing.
Shiatsu massage purportedly stimulates and strengthens the immune system to be more disease resistant and enable the body to better fight diagnosed diseases and heal itself.
Other health benefits of Shiatsu massage include emotional and physical stress level reduction, blood pressure is also decreased while blood circulation is increased, all of which are good for heart health.