Things You Should Know About Shiatsu massage


What is shiatsu massage?

Shiatsu massage, like almost all massages, is a manual therapy originated in Japan, although the basis of its technique also drinks from the sources of traditional Chinese medicine.

The technique that characterizes the shiatsu is the one of the use of the pressure, with intensity of moderate to soft, on the affected zones. It is used mainly the thumb and the palm of the hand, but also the elbows and even the knees.

Generally, the pressure with the thumbs that is exerted in shiatsu massages coincides with the acupuncture points of Chinese medicine. Kneading, stretching, and mobilization techniques are also used, but to a lesser extent.

How is a shiatsu massage session?

The shiatsu session takes place in a spacious, ventilated room with little outside noise.

For this type of massage it is not necessary to undress but to wear comfortable clothes and do not press the body. The session is usually on the floor or a mat that is not too soft. You usually have the option of listening to music or receiving therapy in silence.

When the patient is correctly positioned, the masseur performs a mobilization of the body and its energies, the so-called “Chi”. In this way, he is making a recognition of the possible problems. It will then exert gentle, but firm pressure on areas that are determined to need treatment.

Chi in Shiatsu

Chi, according to traditional Chinese medicine, is a vital energy that flows through the body through channels called meridians. When something disturbs that flow and hinders it, the ailments occur. The shiatsu tries to unlock with the pressures and massages in the points of jam, according to each disease.

How Shiatsu massage can help?

Shiatsu can help in different types of problems, not only physical but also psycho-emotional. But it is also a good method of preventive medicine because of this massage technique, according to its therapists, stimulates the immune system and the natural healing power of the human body. It also stimulates an overall balance of body and mind.

Some of the ailments that shiatsu can treat

  • Back problems.
  • Headaches and migraine.
  • Cervical gums and stiff neck.
  • Reduced mobility.
  • Chronic or acute pain.
  • Period pains.
  • Respiratory problems.
  • Removes the symptoms of asthma.
  • Digestive complications and constipation.
  • Injuries, both sports and conventional.
  • Chronic fatigue.
  • Emotional imbalance.

Contraindications of shiatsu massage

Shiatsu is a gentle and less aggressive massage technique in general, so it has fewer contraindications than other types of manual therapies. However, we will list some:

  • In pregnancies after three months.
  • Recent fractures.
  • Skin infections.
  • Varicose veins.

Our tips

Do not confuse shiatsu massage with Digit puncture. Confusion is common since both have a common base technique with the meridians of acupuncture.

But the first is a massage that also combines, as we have said, massage techniques with pressure and the second more closely follow the points of acupuncture needles and their standards.


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