Amazing Body and Mind Benefits with Shiatsu Massage

With so many methods of massage available, it is easy to confuse them.  Understanding how Shiatsu massage differs from other approaches can help you to more fully appreciate and participate in your Shiatsu massage experience.

massagehandsYour Shiatsu session is typically done fully clothed, in yoga pants or any loose fitting clothes that allow for freedom of movement. Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese, focusing on Qi, or the life-force energy believed to flow through us. Pressure via fingers, thumbs, hands, knees, feet, or elbows is applied along the body’s pressure points on the Qi meridians, which run along your arms, legs, and back.  Gentle manipulations and stretches are used with Trager manipulations, which leave one feeling more flexible and relaxed by the end of the session.

Obviously, there are many benefits to muscles and organs, but also disease and poor functioning results as problem regions are addressed while achieving overall body balance. Read here to learn about an NIH study that supported the benefits of Shiatsu massage for patients suffering from severe angina.

4 Benefits for the mind:

  • Decreased stress and anxiety
  • Improved hormonal balance resulting in better emotional balance
  • Reduce fatigue and increased energy
  • Improved quality of sleep

5 Benefits for the body:

  • Improved muscle healing and recovery
  • Better digestion, GI movement, and fat metabolism
  • Improved lymph and blood circulation
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Encourages body detoxification

6 Health issues addressed:

  • Colds and flu
  • Migraines
  • Insomnia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chest pain
  • Digestive dysfunction

Most of us have one or more of the health issues listed here. Consider Shiatsu massage for your next massage appointment and be prepared to experience a new and rejuvenated body and mind.