What is Shiatsu Massage?
On Dreamwave.com we spend a lot of time talking about Shiatsu massage, but what exactly is it? Let’s break down the centuries-old technique.
The Theory Behind Shiatsu
Shiatsu massage originated in Japan, but employes some facets of traditional Chinese medicine. The focus of Shiatsu is to realign the body’s qi (chi). When the energy within the body is blocked or obstructed, a person begins to experience pain and discomfort. By focusing on the body’s pressure points, the qi can be put back into alignment, thus removing the pain.
The word “shiatsu” translates to “finger pressure” in English, and that is exactly what this type of massage utilizes. By using fingers, palms, and elbows, the massage therapist applies pressure to the specific pressure points and works on relieving pain and restoring balance to the body. By moving across the surface of the body to the joints and limbs, the aim is to promote healing and remove any pain that the client is feeling. If you’ve ever received a Shiatsu massage from a therapist, then you know how beneficial it can be. Unlike Swedish massage, Shiatsu applies more pressure on the muscles, which can be a bit uncomfortable at first, but once the knots are worked out, you can end up feeling much better. The “kneading” sensation that Shiatsu provides has been integrated into our massage chairs.
The Benefits of Shiatsu
There have been many benefits from Shiatsu that have been observed over the years. Those who always feel tired or fatigued can experience rejuvenation after experiencing a Shiatsu massage. If someone is suffering from poor circulation, he or she can restore proper blood flow to their muscles and joints. If you’ve been injured while running or hiking, a full-body Shiatsu massage can do wonders for your recovery.
So there you go, a quick rundown of Shiatsu massage. The only thing you need to do now is go experience it in person!