Month: December 2013

What is Shiatsu massage? (4)

Shiatsu massages are also found to help aid the circulatory and digestive system. A gently massage helps improve circulation and cellular nutrition throughout the body. A massage also benefits the digestive system allowing food to digest more easily and aids in the elimination of waste products. A Shiatsu massage also increases stamina by storing energy reserves and assists in fat metabolism and removal.

Shiatsu massages last anywhere from thirty minutes to ninety minutes. This type of massage begins with gentle stretching and manipulation of the skin to allow the stimulation of energy and relax the muscles. Depending on the need of the person receiving the massage, it can be very gentle and calming or used with high pressure, but should never hurt or feel painful. Acupressure massages are usually given using a rapid circular motion with medium pressure. The massages can last from five to fifteen minutes and include techniques such as rubbing, kneading, percussion, and vibration.female legs being massaged with hands over green reflected in water waves

What is Shiatsu massage? (2)

The history of shiatsu massage lies within the ancient Chinese. They used the principals of shiatsu in both their medical philosophy and practice. It was developed around 530 B.C. Later, shiatsu massage was exported into Japan, Southeast Asia, and Korea where it was widely practiced. In the 20th century, this therapy was used for treating simple muscular tension and providers were licensed. Shiatsu became popular in the United States, Europe and Australia in the 1970s.

Shiatsu massage, also known as acupressure, is a point-pressure massage using the fingers. It is designed to help regulate the flow of energy within the body. During a shiatsu massage, thumb, fingers, palms or feet to the body apply pressure. This type of massage helps produce a deep relaxation increases energy levels and brings balance to the body.

The technique of the TSUBO in Shiatsu massage.
(36) Tai-en [ Lung Meridian #9 ]
Location: In the fold of the wrist, on the indentation below the thumb, where a small pulse can be felt.
Technique: Press the TSUBO inward 10-15 seconds, three times. Do not put strong pressure all at once, but rather slowly increase your fingers pressure.
For: Cough, Sore throat, Painful breathing, Running nose.

*The technique of the TSUBO in Shiatsu massage.
(35) Cho-e [ Gallbladder Meridian #2 ]
Location: Just below the tsubo(34)=Cho-kyu (in front of the middle of the ear, on the pit which appears when you open your mouth).
Technique: Press the TSUBO inward 10-15 seconds, three times. Do not put strong pressure all at once, but rather slowly increase your fingers pressure.
For: Ringing in the ear.

The technique of the TSUBO in Shiatsu massage.
(34) Cho-kyu [ Small Intestine Meridian #19 ]
Location: In front of the middle of the ear, on the pit which appears when you open your mouth.
Technique: Press the TSUBO inward 10-15 seconds, three times. Do not put strong pressure all at once, but rather slowly increase your fingers pressure.
For: Ringing in the ear.

*The technique of the TSUBO in Shiatsu massage.

(33) In-ryo-sen [ Spleen Meridian # ]
Location: On the inside of the leg, at the top of the shinbone, 4 fingers below the kneecap.
Technique: Press the TSUBO inward 10-15 seconds, three times. Do not put strong pressure all at once, but rather slowly increase your fingers pressure.
For: Knee pain, Loss of appetite, Impotency.