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Shiatsu Massage

By , July 15, 2013

Shiatsu is a style of massage which originated in Japan. Shiatsu massage uses finger pressure to restore the flow of energy throughout the body. The name “Shiatsu” comes from two Japanese words – “shi” meaning finger, and “atsu” meaning pressure.

Shiatsu treatment is holistic, addressing the entire body rather than focusing on one area alone. A treatment usually lasts approximately one hour.

What Happens During a Shiatsu Massage?

During a Shiatsu Massage, you wear loose clothing. It is usually performed on a comfortable, padded mat on the floor. The therapist will use a variety of techniques to determine which energy pathways are blocked, depleted or low in energy.

The therapist will use their fingers and thumbs to apply pressure to specific points on the body’s energy pathways, known as meridians.

Massage techniques such as tapping, squeezing, rubbing, applied pressure, stretches, rocking and joint rotation can feature during a shiatsu massage. These techniques are applied to your body’s energy channels to unblock any energy blockages within your body. By balancing the flow of energy in the meridians, Shiatsu can help prevent the build-up of stress, and restore vitality and well-being.

Benefits of Shiatsu

  • Deep muscle and tissue relaxation
  • Restores the balance of energy in the body
  • Creates a sense of well-being and reduces stress
  • Releases toxins from the body
  • Relieves stiffness and tension, improving posture
  • Improves immunity
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Reduces blood pressure

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