Shiatsu massage technique expertly explained by Star Douglas. Shiatsu or acupressure is a technique that helps to boost your body’s self healing energy, improves cardio fitness and, the energy released during an acupressure treatment opens up your mind body connection .
Shiatsu evolved from thousands of years of Oriental medical history. There are many different forms of Shiatsu practiced today.
When you come to me for a Shiatsu treatment, I will work on a method of bodywork therapy which processes your physical, emotional and spiritual energetic levels of your body.
This will result in a heightened state of relaxation and balance.
'Shiatsu’ means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, although this direct translation is somewhat misleading as one also uses hands, thumbs, elbows, knees, forearms and feet when performing the treatment.
Just like Acupuncture, Shiatsu uses meridians (energy channels), ‘tsubo’ (pressure points) and similar diagnostic methods (e.g. Tongue , face or pulse diagnosis), but without the use of needles.
With Shiatsu various pressure and stretching techniques are used to encourage self-healing by bringing the body into a state of balance whilst easing both mental and physical tension.
The most common benefits of Shiatsu massage technique are;
Make sure that you are dressed in loose and comfortable clothing when you go for a Shiatsu treatment.
Prior to commencing the treatment, you will be asked a series of questions by the therapist, to assist in drawing up your case study. The therapist will then use some diagnostic procedures, such as examining your tongue and taking your pulse and, in conjunction with the case study, a specific treatment is prepared for you.
You will be asked to lie down on a futon on the ground.
I use and transfer my own body weight during your treatment which will consist of a combination of stretches, pressure point manipulation and massage techniques, flowing from one movement to the next while you maintain a steady breathing rhythm.
It is interesting that, we as practitioners often experience health improvements after performing a Shiatsu massage technique on a client.
Your full-body Shiatsu treatment will generally last from one to one and a half hours.
For those of you with limited time and who work in a highly stressed environment, you can choose to have a similar treatment performed while seated at your work place.
You will receive a head, neck and shoulders technique which normally takes from fifteen to thirty minutes to complete.
I know of some employers who provide their senior staff with a monthly Shiatsu treatment at their desks. They have recognised the benefits derived from the increased productivity due to the employee’s increased energy levels.
Whether at your workplace or the therapist’s rooms, make Shiatsu part of your health related fitness routine and start enjoying the many benefits of the Shiatsu massage technique. This page is part of my section on the Mind Body Connection. In the next subsection, Margo explains Reiki.