Shiatsu Massage

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Finger Pressure Massage

Meaning “finger pressure” in Japanese, shiatsu massage is also referred to as “finger pressure massage.”  However in practice, shiatsu entails many other techniques, creating a deeply relaxing experience with the potential of alleviating stress and maintaining health and well-being.

How Shiatsu Massage Works

Sharing the philosophy of ancient Chinese medicine, shiatsu massage is based on the notion that good health is determined by Qi (pronounced Chee), or natural energy flow. Skilled use of finger and palm pressure has the ability to clear energetic pathways (also known as meridians) from blockages and improve the flow of Qi. Shiatsu massage works to calm the overactive sympathetic nervous system, thereby improving circulation, alleviating stress, and providing relief for stiff and sore muscles.

Conditions Treated by Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is commonly used to treat:

  • Back, neck, and shoulder pain
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Stress
  • Muscle injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Digestion problems
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Styles of Shiatsu

Over the years, several styles of Shiatsu have developed. Practitioners are continually incorporating and investigating new approaches to Shiatsu massage treatments, including:

  • Acupressure and Acupuncture points
  • Energy pathways that influence Qi
  • Five Element System
  • Macrobiotic approach

Popular Shiatsu styles include:

  • Hara Shiatsu
  • Zen Shiatsu
  • Macrobiotic Shiatsu
  • Namikoshi Shiatsu
  • Movement Shiatsu