Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

Westerner see the benefits of Shiatsu massage in terms of how it triggers the release of endorphins, which will reduce the experience of pain, making it a popular form of massage among those seeking pain relief, stress relief, assistance with digestion and elimination problems, and support of general well being and immunity. The balancing of energy flow stimulates the body's ability to heal and maintain itself.  It also lowers blood pressure, improves circulation, and improves the drainage of the lymphatic system. The finger pressure applied by the Shiatsu therapist relaxes contracted muscles and increases blood flow to those areas.

Shiatsu therapy originated in Japan, but its roots reach back to ancient China, where energy-balancing bodywork began. It is a method of finger pressure that stimulates energy points along the body's energy meridians, opening the flow of chi along those channels. While it shiatsu combines gentle exercises and slight manipulation with the finger pressure, it is considered to be a practice of mostly pressure and only some rubbing or massage.

Shiatsu therapy is popular among pregnant women and those recovering from labor and delivery. It is considered a safe type of massage for women who are pregnant and has been reported to provide great relief to the many discomforts associated with pregnancy. Many midwives are trained in shiatsu as a method of assisting during labor and delivery.

When your body's energy flow becomes blocked or unbalanced, your general state of well-being is reduced. You may see negative effects in a specific area, such as cramping of your neck or back or migraines; you may feel an overall sense of fatigue and stress. Shiatsu is holistic in nature, meaning that while the Shiatsu therapist will address the initial complaint, he or she will also try to promote healthy energy flow and circulation throughout the whole body, stimulating healing throughout your entire body system. The benefits of Shiatsu therapy go beyond relief from a single discomfort, but rather are holistic in nature themselves.

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Shiatsu massage is a Japanese form of massage that applies concentrated pressure to specific areas of the body believed to correspond to the body?s natural energy lines, block in which are thought to cause illness.

The practice and application of Shiatsu theory is rooted in the Asian methods of acupuncture, started over a thousand years ago in China and prevalent in all of Asia. 

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Shiatsu is a form of acupressure massage, that focuses on zoning on key pressure points and tender spots in the body. When performed in a whole-body massage, shiatsu heps to relieve tension, reduce stress, increase joint and muscle flexibility, and unblock energy.

Shiatsu is a healing art, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch and pressure to enable each of us to contact our own self-healing abilities. In a Shiatsu session the practitioner uses pressure with thumbs, fingers, palms, and sometimes elbows, knees and feet, to induce deep relaxation and a feeling of well-being.

The history of Shiatsu therapy harkens back to the ancient practice of acupuncture, but applies that theory of pressure point stimulation in an entirely unique manner.

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