Shiatsu massage was created at the beginning of the 20th Century by Temai Tempaku. However, it actually evolved from an even more ancient form of Japanese massage called Anma, which is a therapy that can stimulate the muscles and circulation through applying pressure in the form of tapping and rubbing on different parts of the body.
There is a current trend to find a balance in life between mental and physical condition as well as a need to improve health and wellbeing. Shiatsu works by realigning the energies in the body which is known as chi.
Shiatsu is known as a wellbeing therapy which is said to reduce stress, and those who endorse these methods believe that it can be a preventative measure as well as a way to alleviate symptoms. Shiatsu can be used as part of the treatment of various conditions including:
This type of therapy helps to stimulate circulation and secretions from the sebaceous glands. It can help to prevent the formation of wrinkles and will improve the smoothness of your skin.
Joint and muscle pain
Shiatsu can help to alleviate pain in the neck, back and joints, as well as chronic inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Massage of the hands and feet is particularly helpful but any part of the body will benefit, as it reduces pain and helps to keep muscles supple.
When a migraine occurs the blood vessels widen and constrict, causing sensitivity to light, feelings of nausea and occasionally vision problems. Shiatsu can help you to relax and increases blood-flow to help alleviate these symptoms.
Gentle massage can benefit the digestive system by helping food to move through your body and be eliminated as waste. It can also help to store energy and metabolise fat.
Menstruation and pregnancy
Shiatsu massage is perfect for relieving cramps and helping to alleviate other symptoms associated with the monthly cycle including depression and back pain. As for pregnancy, shiatsu has been known to help with labour including easing morning sickness, alleviating swelling and assisting babies to turn.
Shiatsu massage can help to eliminate symptoms of coughs and colds as well as sinus and other respiration problems.
This type of massage can also alleviate symptoms of depression, anxiety, stress and tension as well as helping to deal with sleep issues like insomnia.
If you feel that you would like to try shiatsu, a shiatsu therapist will assess your current state of wellbeing and then perform the massage, applying pressure with their fingertips and thumbs on certain points on your body. Make sure the therapist you choose is licensed, has gained the appropriate qualification and can show proof of success.