Shiatsu massage is an ancient Japanese healing method that utilizes stretching, kneading, pressing, and tapping techniques. It is performed without the use of oils.
The word shiatsu means finger pressure, and shiatsu therapists use their fingers, thumbs, elbows, and knees to apply pressure along the body's energy pathways called meridian lines. Treatment may include stretches and rotations of the limbs and joints.
Massage is a practice that has been present for thousands of years. Shiatsu is among the many massage therapies people seek for relaxation, healing, and relief. But Shiatsu massage involves more than just acupressure. It also includes stretches and kneading techniques to improve the range of motion in the joints.
Shiatsu massage is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine and is a very different approach to bodywork from Swedish or Western massage. However, both may help relax the body and mind.
Shiatsu may affect neurotransmitters in the brain, increasing serotonin and dopamine levels, which may help reduce anxiety. Shiatsu therapists help restore healthy energy in the body by applying pressure with their hands, fingers, and elbows to specific areas of the body. The massage follows the energy pathways in the body to release muscle tension and improve circulation. This makes it an excellent treatment option for chronic pain sufferers and anyone looking to reduce stress.
Shiatsu can help relieve constipation when applied to the abdominal area. Stretching and pulling can loosen muscles and relax the intestines and colon.
Shiatsu can eliminate muscle aches and spasms by rubbing and pulling at the skin and muscles and pressing on acupressure points that release tension.
Migraines are caused by the rapidly widening and narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain or head, causing irritation and pain. Shiatsu helps to aid migraines by relaxing the body and increasing blood flow and circulation.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammation of the body’s tissue and attacks the linings of the joints. Pressure from shiatsu can be applied to hands, feet, or any area affected by arthritis. It also helps warm muscles, improve circulation, and reduce muscular pain.
Shiatsu massage helps stimulate circulation in the capillaries of the skin’s soft tissues. It stimulates the secretion of the sebaceous glands that keep skin moist and smooth. This helps give skin resilience and prevents wrinkling. The improved blood circulation also helps improve the look and glow of the skin.
Shiatsu massage has been used for thousands of years to aid women during monthly cycles and alleviate menstrual cramps. It has been known to help women in labor and babies turn in the womb. It can induce labor in women who are overdue and help ease morning sickness and swelling caused by pregnancy.
Shiatsu massage improves circulation and cellular nutrition throughout the body, and benefits the digestive system to digest food more efficiently and helps in waste elimination. It increases stamina by storing energy reserves and assists in fat metabolism and removal.
Shiatsu helps those who suffer from fatigue and weakness by restoring and maintaining the body’s energy.
Shiatsu massage is a non-invasive therapy that helps reduce stress, tension, anxiety, and depression by leaving you relaxed and calm.
Shiatsu massage is a safe treatment for the majority of people. However, if you are pregnant and suffering from a severe illness, such as cancer, should consult with our massage therapists before your session to make sure that the massage is suitable or can be adapted to your needs.