Shiatsu is one of the most effective ways to release deeply held tense muscles. This therapy is renown for being one of the best methods to connect down to the level of tension and liberate deeply held fascia, muscle, ligaments, tendons and bones. This is a special type of massage therapy perfected in Japan.
Shi-atsu literally translates as finger-pressure. It is sometimes called Zen Shiatsu due to the many years of dedicated internal training to develop this unique art of gently sinking down to the level of disharmony and helping to create balance.
A Shiatsu therapist can apply this unique deep and gentle pressure using fingers, thumbs, elbows, knees and feet (sometimes even carefully walking on the patient).
Often the therapist chooses to activate acupuncture points or muscle trigger points. These special points on the body help to release muscles PLUS have a positive influence on the internal workings of the body (which has been well documented in the orient for thousands of years).
How does it work?
- Scientific explanation – it helps to sedate an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which allows the parasympathetic nervous system to engage, improving circulation, relieving stiff muscles and alleviating stress on the adrenal glands.
- Eastern Medicine explanation – uses the same points and pathways as acupuncture, and thereby treats the underlying cause of any health condition. This is regarded by many as the art of acupuncture without needles.
Shiatsu works through clothing. This allows for greater patient comfort and prevents the sticky feeling that is present after massage oils have been used.
The amount of pressure applied is always comfortable – this level is different for each patient.
Typical effects from a Shiatsu treatment include increased energy, relaxation, relaxed muscles, better sleep and normalised digestion.
People who experience a Shiatsu massage thereafter usually prefer it to any other type of massage.
Try a Shiatsu and discover one of the health maintaining benefits that the Japanese have used for centuries.