For more than a decade, interest in physical and mental wellness has been growing steadily. The popularity of Shiatsu massage has increased along with this trend because of its ability to promote relaxation, reduce stress and improve overall health. Shiatsu, a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure,” is a whole body approach to restoring the energy balance.
Shiatsu is based on pressure points similar to the points used in acupuncture or reflexology. It is performed using the fingers although certain devices may also be employed as an aid. Shiatsu works on the theory that the human body has energy centers that are interconnected by energy channels, or meridians.
Shiatsu massage therapists study the location and meaning of the various energy centers. They learn methods for treating specific conditions. A variety of different techniques may be used in a single session, including rubbing, kneading and circular motions with varying amounts of pressure.
Massage therapists work to balance the body’s energy, called qi or chi, which flows through the energy meridians. The purpose of balancing the body’s energy centers is to restore and improve total mind-body wellbeing. Through the sense of touch, a trained Shiatsu therapist can detect subtle variances of energy that may indicate an imbalance. Shiatsu therapists stimulate the body’s qi in a precise manner to restore balance and relieve symptoms.
Benefits of Shiatsu
There are many benefits to be found in Shiatsu massage. It helps people to feel relaxed and rejuvenated, similar to other popular forms of massage. It is an effective method for relieving tight muscles, which is especially useful after strenuous exercise or other activities. Stimulating the energy centers improves circulation throughout the body, helping the skin to retain a youthful appearance.
Massage therapists cannot claim any specific medical benefits or cures. However, people often seek Shiatsu to help bring relief for a variety of medical conditions. These conditions include migraine headaches, arthritis, neck and back pain, high blood pressure, constipation, digestive problems and chronic fatigue syndrome. Shiatsu is also sought to relieve stress and anxiety.
An increasing number of people are turning to Shiatsu to help them relieve stress and reach their wellness goals. Call us to schedule an appointment and find out how much better you can feel.
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