What is Shiatsu
Shiatsu: It’s About Health Care
Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy designed to stimulate the body’s inherent ability to heal itself by which a trained practitioner presses thumbs, fingers, and palms on pressure points all over the body. Shiatsu training teaches students how to press correctly on all these centres of vitality in the body.
Shiatsu originates from Japan and was originated by Tokujiro Namikoshi. The word “shiatsu” is Japanese for thumb and finger pressure.
The focus of shiatsu is on a person’s inner life forces. It is believed that external manipulation will stimulate the body’s natural life forces to resist disease. It is most effective as a preventive measure, to stimulate the body to be on constant alert for abnormalities and to fight such things before they become serious issues. As a preventive measure, shiatsu encourages people to change bad habits that cause health to deteriorate and switch to a healthier lifestyle. As such, shiatsu also has a philosophical nature, to not only change habits, but to reflect on life in a healthier way and promote the healing that comes from within.
Shiatsu is about primary health care. It is a “healing art”, not a medicine. Shiatsu works where it is needed because it stimulates the body to use its own forces as best as it can. It triggers the release of hormones and chemicals necessary to heal, soothe, and help the mind and body perform at its peak. It transmits its healing power to different parts of the body through the largest sense organ we have – the skin. This gives it an extraordinary range of applications.
The Benefits of Shiatsu Massage Therapy
Shiatsu massage therapy is so effective, it is has been fully incorporated into the modern public healthcare system of Japan, and has been regulated as a distinct therapy by the Japanese Ministry of Health since 1964.
Shiatsu is especially effective in treating stress-related symptoms and other common medical problems caused by an imbalance of the autonomic nervous system, such as headaches, insomnia, hypertension, constipation, diarrhea, asthma, stiff neck and shoulders, menstrual irregularity, and back pain.
It speeds recovery and rehabilitation after an illness, accident, or surgery, such as stroke, whiplash, or a mastectomy. Shiatsu helps to relieve the aches and pains of neuralgia and joint and muscle pain. Shiatsu promotes relaxation and gives people a wonderful sense of their own body. Shiatsu works for people of all ages and at all stages of life.
Shiatsu stimulates circulation and improves blood flow, keeps the body’s organs functioning better, and renews energy. It eases pain and helps heal injuries by improving circulation and stimulating the release of helpful hormones. Shiatsu also regulates the nervous system and loosens your muscles, and aids in getting a relaxing sleep. It encourages the production of natural chemicals in the brain that sharpens the immune system. It can prevent illness, restore the body to its normal functioning, and reduce stress. People also can become more aware of their body’s needs and regularity when receiving shiatsu. It can help them detect problems at an early stage.
Shiatsu promotes faster healing of injuries such as whiplash, accidents in the car, and on the job. It is effective in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome, frozen shoulder, and sciatica. It strengthens the immune system because it stimulates the whole body through human touch. Shiatsu can help athletes by enhancing skeletal and muscular development. It has been found to be effective for people with jobs in sports, business, politics, and in the arts.
A refreshing shiatsu treatment helps promote a healthy, positive outlook on life. It helps restore hormonal balance in women, regulates their menstrual cycles, and helps make the advent of pregnancy easier. During pregnancy, shiatsu can help ease back pain and restore good circulation. It helps slow down the aging process by stimulating the brain to function normally.