Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu is one of the most widely known therapeutic massage techniques in the world.

Origins and principles of Shiatsu

Although the first evidence of this treatment dates back to Japan in the sixth century AD, its origins are probably even more remote and can be traced back to the Chinese manipulation techniques such as tuina and am-ma.

The term Shiatsu is derived from the union of the ideograms shi and atsu, or "finger" and "pressure". The etymology of the word best expresses the essence of this oriental discipline, which is the acupressure applied along the meridians and on the key energy points present on the human body. The pressures and manipulations are exerted by the tori (operator) on the uke (the one who undergoes the treatment) not only through the fingertips, but also using elbows, knees and palms of the hands.

The goal of Shiatsu is to trigger the process of self-healing in the human body through the dissolution of energy blocks, restoring the free flow of ki (vital energy).

Sequence of a Session

As with western massages, a classic session of Shiatsu takes place lying down on a futon, a mat or a special bed. It is not necessarily required to remove clothing; the effectiveness and depth of the pressures are such that they are not hampered by clothes.

The manipulations are slow, continuous and gentle, without any discomfort or painful sensation, so as to promote maximum relaxation and a more effective circulatory and lymphatic reactivation. The attenuation of stress levels and psychological tension, in turn, allows the auto-immune channels of the body to open, promoting overall self-healing and regeneration.

Benefits of Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a discipline indicated in a vast range of scenarios. In particular the treatment will benefit those who experience:

  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Depression, nervousness and stress
  • Cervical pain
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Sleep disorders
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Stagnation of blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Deficiency in the immune system
  • Anxiety and panic attacks

Shiatsu treatments have no contraindications or side effects and are therefore suitable for everyone. There are, however, some circumstances in which it is advisable to avoid this type of massage, such as in cases of heart disease, renal or hepatic disorders, ulcers, recurrent fractures, severe hernias, sciatica, tumors with metastases and acute respiratory diseases.

In essence, Shiatsu promotes the holistic well-being of the person, acting effectively on both a  physiological and psychic level.

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