How does a shiatsu massage work?
Shiatsu is based on traditional Japanese massage therapy. Shiatsu works with the body’s energy flow, known as Ki or Qi (pronounced chee). It uses acupressure to release tension and bring balance to the body. It can help to lift your mood and make you feel relaxed.
What is the shiatsu technique?
Shiatsu is an ancient form of massage based on Chinese acupuncture theory that often includes the use of breathing and stretching. Shiatsu can be done through the clothes or on bare skin and uses static pressure, which can vary from light holding to deep physical pressure applied with the palm of the hand or thumb.
How painful is a shiatsu massage?
The massage can be very deep, or very light depending on what the body needs at that moment for support. Many people report feeling sore for the day or 2 after a shiatsu massage. This soreness should go away in 24 to 48 hours, and is a sign that the body is detoxifying.
How do you give yourself a shiatsu massage?
1. Place your right hand at the base of the left hand side of your neck. Press your fingers into the muscle and firmly pull your hand across the area of your lower neck and upper shoulder towards your clavicle or collarbone. Repeat 4-5 times on each side – you can immediately feel tension subsiding.
What is the goal of shiatsu massage?
Shiatsu can be used in the treatment of a wide range of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions. It is thought to reduce muscle stiffness, stimulate the skin, aid digestion, and influence the nervous system.
What can I expect from shiatsu massage?
Here’s what to expect during a Shiatsu massage and how it can benefit people of all ages and fitness levels.
Benefits of Shiatsu massage
- Improved bowel function.
- Decreased fatigue.
- Pain treatment.
- Improved sleep quality.
- Improved relaxation.
- Decreased depression.
- Headache treatment.
- Improvement of chronic lower back pain.
How often should you get a shiatsu massage?
How often do I need to take a Shiatsu treatment to reduce my overall body stiffness? I recommend clients to take at least three consecutive treatments to promote substantial release of tension. Treatments are more effective if done on a weekly basis.
How long does a shiatsu massage take?
During the massage, your therapist will use their hands, palms, and thumbs to massage certain points of your body. Pulsing or rhythmic pressure is used. You can be fully clothed during this massage. Shiatsu massages typically last for 60–90 minutes.
What do you wear to a shiatsu massage?
What do you wear for a shiatsu session? “The client is asked to wear loose, warm and comfortable clothing such as a sweatshirt, tracksuit bottoms and socks to allow non-restrictive movement during treatment.”
Is it bad to use a massage gun everyday?
You can use a massage gun whenever you want to relieve muscle tension, but it’s most commonly used before and after workouts. “For warmups, using a massage gun can reduce soreness or stiffness from workouts from the day or days prior and activate muscles before a session,” Abarca says.
What does shiatsu massage feel like?
Certain pressure points may feel tender, which some people describe it as “good pain.” If you feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment, tell your therapist and he or she will adjust the pressure so that it is comfortable to you. Most people say shiatsu is as relaxing as a classic forms of massage therapy.