If you’re familiar with massage, then you may have heard the term “Shiatsu massage” before.
Shiatsu massage (which translates to “finger pressure”) is a massage practice that originated in Japan but is based on Chinese medicine, modernized with Western therapy practices. Shiatsu sits among several other most popular massages, including Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, aromatherapy, and hot stone.
How Does Shiatsu Massage Work?
A Shiatsu massage therapist will use the pressure from their fingers, thumbs, and palm on various areas of the body to encourage the body’s natural healing process. The applied pressure will allow the body to promote energy flow throughout, helping correct your body’s imbalances. Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy that may benefit certain ailments alongside traditional treatment.
A session of Shiatsu can:
- Promote energy flow
- Reduce stress
- Help alleviate pain and illness
- Assist in balancing automatic nervous system activity
- Relieve pain from joints, arthritis, bronchitis, and other chronic ailments
- May help in reducing insomnia
How is Shiatsu Different from Other Massage Practices?
The techniques used in Shiatsu are similar to treatment methods in osteopathy and physiotherapy. However, Shiatsu practitioners associate physical health conditions with impairments in the body’s natural flow of energy. Therefore, how ailments are diagnosed and treated are different from other common massage therapies.
Is Massage Right for Me?
Between 2016 and 2017, nearly 60 million adult Americans received a massage at least once. Massage therapy is also commonly recommended by doctors as a method to help reduce blood pressure and heart rate.
Consult with your doctor to see if massage therapy would be right for you.
Schedule Your Shiatsu Massage Today
To learn more about Shiatsu massage or whether it is right for you, chat with Patrick Hicks, a certified massage therapist in Reno, NV. Speak with Patrick today about your massage needs today.