Month: July 2014

What is Shiatsu?

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu as practiced at iDo Holistic Center in NYC,  is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu means “finger pressure”, or sometimes described as a finger pressure massage.
Shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of qi-energy through the body.
Shiatsu therapists at iDo Holistic Center, use finger and palm pressure to the tsubos (acupuressure-points) on the energetic pathways, called meridian lines to improve the flow of qi-energy.
Shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress.

What Shiatsu can do?

(1) For Circulatory and Digestive System:
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. Shiatsu Massage also increases stamina by storing energy reserves and assists in fat metabolism and removal.
(2) For Skin:
Shiatsu massages, or acupressure, help stimulate circulation in the capillaries of the skin’s soft tissues. The massage also serves to stimulate the secretion of the sebaceous glands and keeps skin moist and smooth. This helps give skin resilience and helps prevent wrinkling. A shiatsu massage will help improve the look and glow of the skin with improved blood circulation.
(3) For Migraine Headaches:
Migraines are usually caused by a rapid widening and narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain or head, causing irritation and pain. Common symptoms of migraine headaches include nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, weakness, numbness and vision problems. Migraines are thought to be cause by changes in weather, stress, hunger, foods containing nitrates and sometimes caffeine. Shiatsu massages helps aid migraines by relaxing the body and increasing blood flow and circulation throughout the body.
Contact us at iDo Holistic Center to discuss your treatment soon!