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What is Shiatsu massage – Improve health and relaxation

What is Shiatsu massage?

Shiatsu massage is a traditional Japanese massage therapy that originated in Japan and has roots in ancient Chinese medicine. The word “Shiatsu” can be broken down into “shi” (finger) and “atsu” (pressure), which refers to the technique used in this massage style—applying pressure with fingers, thumbs, palms, and sometimes elbows and knees to specific points on the body.

Key characteristics of Shiatsu massage:

  • Pressure Points: Shiatsu massage focuses on the body’s meridian lines, which are pathways through which the body’s vital energy (known as “Qi” or “Ki” in Chinese and Japanese medicine) flows. By applying pressure to specific points along these meridians, the therapist aims to balance the flow of energy and promote overall well-being.
  • Holistic Approach: Shiatsu is based on the concept of holism, treating the body, mind, and spirit as interconnected elements. The goal is not only to alleviate physical discomfort but also to address emotional and psychological aspects of health.
  • Clothed Massage: Unlike some other massage styles, Shiatsu is typically performed with the recipient fully clothed. Loose and comfortable clothing is recommended to allow for ease of movement during the massage.
  • No Oils or Lotions: Shiatsu massage does not use oils or lotions as it primarily involves finger and palm pressure. This makes it a convenient and practical form of massage that can be performed in various settings.
  • Stretching and Rotations: In addition to applying pressure to specific points, Shiatsu therapists may incorporate gentle stretching, joint rotations, and other manipulations to further enhance relaxation and flexibility.

A Focus on Prevention:

Shiatsu is often used as a preventive therapy to maintain and improve overall health, promote relaxation, and enhance the body’s natural healing abilities.

Shiatsu massage is considered a form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Many people find it to be a beneficial and relaxing therapeutic practice.

A massage chair that come with a Shiatsu massage program:

Sounds like something that you will enjoy? The great news is, most of our SASAKI massage chair models offer Shiatsu massage program, experience the relaxation yourself, book a free home demo or book an appointment to visit our showroom in Birmingham.