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Shiatsu Massage – What Is It and How Can You Benefit?

You may have heard the word around town touting the benefits of Shiatsu massage but, what is it?  And who can benefit from this massage therapy?  Let’s start at the beginning.  Shiatsu practice originated in Japan and is based on traditional Chinese medicine with elements of Western therapies.  Shiatsu will actually amplify the body’s own ability to heal itself!

What is Shiatsu and how does it work?

Shiatsu massage therapy relies on the the fingers, thumbs and palm to apply pressure to the various areas that are being worked on in accordance to the ailment that is to be “treated”.  This will also help heal common ailments as well as work on correcting imbalances withing the body.  The pressure that is applied on these points helps to promote the energy flow and correct the disharmony the person that is being treated is experiencing.  It should also be noted that this therapy is a deeply relaxing experience and helps to relieve stress, treat pain and illness and promotes overall health and well being.

This massage therapy regulates the automatic nervous system activity and helps to stimulate the circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal systems.  Problems such as poor posture, joint problems, sprains, arthritis, sciatica, acute and chronic neck/back pain, sinusitis and bronchitis are all treatable with shiatsu massage.

Who should receive Shiatsu massage?

It has been reported that more than 39 million Americans received a massage last year.  We are seeing a new trend of medical professionals recommending their patients receive massage therapy.  It has also been proven to reduce blood pressure and heart rate while at the same time increasing endorphins.  This is what helps the patient feel relief from pain!

How is Shiatsu similar to other massage techniques?

Shiatsu massage therapy uses techniques that are similar to those found in other treatment methods such as osteopathy, lymphatic drainage and physiotherapy.  However, it should be noted that shiatsu practitioners attribute physical health conditions and diseases to blockages and imbalances in the energy flow throughout the body.  This is what makes this therapy different from other massage therapy modalities.

How can Shiatsu massage help?

This modality of massage will help you improve your overall health by stimulating the internal energy system.  This often results in an increase in range of motion and improved coordination.  Shiatsu can be used as the primary form of therapy or as a complimentary form and uses assisted stretching techniques and acupressure to help restore natural bone and muscle structure.

If you are ready to experience the deeply relaxing and health benefits of Shiatsu be sure to contact us today!