What Is a Shiatsu Massage?

Monday, 01 Nov 2010 04:45 PM

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Have you been suffering from depression, anxiety, nausea, stiffness, headaches, or pulled muscles lately? If so, Shiatsu massage is something you may be interested in. Now, you may ask what Shiatsu massage is. Shiatsu massage is the counterpart to the Chinese method of acupressure that deals with alleviating various physical ailments by working on pressure points.
 
The word “Shiatsu” comes from the Japanese words “shi,” which means finger, and “atsu,” which means pressure. Shiatsu massage, also known as Zen Shiatsu, is a conventional applied physiotherapy derived from Japanese massage traditions. It deals with the pious, theoretical, and medical characteristics of the body.
 
According to Shiatsu massage techniques, the energy Gi or Chi flows in the body along various channels called meridians. During Shiatsu massage, the chi-flow is diagnosed to check whether it is jammed or loosely flowing. You will then be asked about your specific ailments. This is followed by massaging the pressure points lightly to check whether they are rigid or gentle.
 
If you are planning to visit a Shiatsu massage practitioner  wear loose and thin clothes made of cotton or linen. You may have to lie down on a mat or on the ground; this is done to relax the muscles. Always let the masseuse know if you are taking any medications or if you have any persistent pains like headaches.
 
There are various massage options like deep tissue massage, reflexology massage, Thai massage, or reiki massage that serve different purposes. Deep tissue massage is similar to the classic massage therapy usually given, and is focused on the areas of pain. Reiki massage is a form of holistic healing used for pain management and stress relief. Reflexology massage focuses on reaching any body part, organ, or gland by healing through the hands or legs.
 
Always opt for the type of massage that suits your needs. For instance, for anxiety and depression, Shiatsu massage is far better than Thai massage or reflexology massage. If you are looking to alleviate sinus issues, hand reflexology massage would be better than Thai massage. You will most likely enjoy the Shiatsu massage as much as you would enjoy the deep tissue massage, but be prepared for some differences.
 
If you are looking for an alternative to Shiatsu massage, then the Shiatsu massage chair is something you should consider. There are various Shiatsu massage chairs like high-end massage chairs or mid-range chairs. These chairs are expensive, so think twice before investing on them. Besides chairs, Shiatsu massage cushions are available in heat and non-heat types for home use.
 
People who have experienced a Shiatsu massage feel that it is anticipatory and therapeutic. Why not try a Shiatsu massage to improve your health.

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