Soft, gentle massages are great -- you quietly take away your stress and are lulled into a state of ultimate relaxation. But massages don't have to be this way; in fact, there are many different types of massage, each with different methods and preferred outcomes (like waking you up, as opposed to lulling you to sleep). One of these is shiatsu, a Japanese form of massage with a basis in Chinese medicine. But how do you know if shiatsu is something you'd be interested in before paying money and stepping up to the massage table? If you're looking for information about how shiatsu works and what it feels like, then here's what you need to know.
What does shiatsu aim to do?
Also referred to as "finger-press massage", shiatsu is meant to adjust the flow of chi within your body -- the flow of energy. The idea behind shiatsu is that the massage will help to unblock those channels that carry the chi throughout your body, solving problems as diverse as headaches, insomnia, or even constipation. These channels are referred to as meridians, and shiatsu masseuses generally agree that there are somewhere between 12 and 14 (12 paired meridians, and 2 single) channels within the body.
What will happen in a shiatsu appointment?
Generally, shiatsu massages are done on a low, padded table or some sort of padded mat placed on the floor. In shiatsu, as opposed to many other forms of massage, you can keep your clothes on -- though it's recommended you wear loose, comfortable clothing if possible. The masseuse will then ask you questions about your general well-being, and poke gently around your back for a bit with their fingers to determine where the flow of chi is blocked.
After this assessment is made, the massage part of the appointment can finally begin. The masseuse will use any body part they think will be useful to unblock the channels of chi within your body -- fingers, knuckles, palms, elbows, and even their knee -- in the massage. Shiatsu might be a little tender for your skin, but it's often described as "good pain", like the sensation of mild soreness after a good workout.
What are the benefits of shiatsu?
While clinical studies on the effects of shiatsu have not been many, both practitioners and those who get the massage generally say that the benefits of shiatsu include a de-stressing effect on both mind and body, reduced blood pressure, an increase in energy, and a quicker recovery time from injuries you may have sustained.
For more information, talk to a professional, like those at Bodycare Therapy massages.Share
9 March 2016
I am the mother of four kids under the age of eight. I love my kids dearly, but they do run me ragged at times. By the end of the day, I am worn out and ready for bed. Once a month I reward myself for all of my hard work by going to the spa for a few hours. I get a massage, get my hair styled and get my nails done. Visiting a spa regularly can be a rejuvenating, healthy experience. Find out how beneficial this treatment is for a hardworking mother like me here on my blog.