Shiatsu massage is a traditional Japanese therapy. Shiatsu is an easy and natural way to relax the whole body and soothe the mind, helping it to cope with stress, anxiety and depression. There are two different schools of Shiatsu: one based on the traditional Chinese medicine, and one based on western physiological theory. This relaxation technique also provides benefits of holistic bodywork. It is similar to acupuncture, but instead of using needles Shiatsu massage uses deep tissue pressure to stimulate the body Meridians. According to traditional Chinese medicine, all the diseases are caused by blockages in the Meridian channels since the Qi, vital energy, flows around the body through the body Meridians.
Benefits of Shiatsu massage
Regular Shiatsu massage can help to increase the overall quality of life. It may drastically improve one’s physical and emotional living by managing and preventing the build-up of stress, promoting relaxation, helping against insomnia and many other ailments. Shiatsu massage improves blood circulation, relaxes muscles and helps to relief the pain.
Shiatsu techniques are easy to practice. One can even use it on oneself and prevent or alleviate symptoms of many diseases. Practicing self shiatsu a couple of times a day may help to increase the energy flow through the body by using bare hands, thumbs, fingers or knuckles, according to some simple directions. The only thing one should pay attention to is the level of pain. If any pain is present, one should discontinue practicing the particular shiatsu technique.
One of the simplest Shiatsu techniques involves pressing the center of the ball of one foot, with the thumbs of the hands. The massage should be vigorous and performed on both feet.
Massage the sides of the spine using the knuckles of each hand. Reach with the arms behind the back and start massaging the spine from the highest point you can reach, all the way down to the lower back.
As a relaxation techniques for anxiety and to get the instant relief from anxiety, drum lightly across the entire surface of the scull using the fingers and knuckles of the hands.
Whenever one needs increased clearness of the mind, concentration and improved focus, it is recommended to stick the fingers into the ears, simultaneously, and apply light pressure while twisting the fingers back and forth.
One can easily work on vitality by squeezing the arm with the fingers and continue massaging the entire arm on both sides of the body. This technique unblocks some of the important Meridians letting the energy flow more freely across the body.