Tuesday, December 11, 2012
What is Shiatsu?
There are many different types of massage and it's been proven to help people relax and loosen tension in the muscles and joints. One type that I focus on in my practice is shiatsu. Shiatsu is a Japanese massage
technique that helps balance the body's energy, or chi. It's important to keep energy flowing throughout the body and to unblock flows to prevent injuries and ailments. Bringing balance to your body helps sustain your health.
A shiatsu practitioner will ask you about your physical and emotional well being, and will find what treatment is best for your body through shiatsu by determining what elemental type is dominant in your body. The elements in shiatsu are water, earth, fire, metal, and wood. In English, shiatsu mean 'finger pressure', and in shiatsu the massage therapist uses their fingers to put pressure on points along the meridians, as done in acupuncture. The meridians are like pipes that allow energy to flow through your body, from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. There are trigger points along the meridians that can be accessed to be unblocked.
Shiatsu may sound a lot like deep tissue massage, but shiatsu also incorporates finger tip, palm, and elbow pressure, rotating and stretching your joints, and deep breathing along with manipulating pressure points. While a shiatsu practitioner is working on your pressure points, you may feel tender, tickled, or uncomfortable. That's all normal and you can express that to your massage therapist.
When you visit a shiatsu massage therapist, wear loose comfortable clothing of cotton or linen, like the type of lounge wear you might wear around the house on the weekend. Expect to lie flat on the floor, on a mat. or on a table. Be honest with the therapist with what your problems may be. Most of all, enjoy your time to relax.