In Japanese, shiatsu means "finger pressure." For shiatsu massage, our licensed massage therapist uses varied, rhythmic pressure on certain precise points of the body. These points are called acupressure points, and they are believed to be important for the flow of the body's vital energy, called chi. Proponents say shiatsu massage can help relieve blockages at these acupressure points. For the best massage in Tacoma, add aromatherapy to your massage experience.
Shiatsu is one among several different types of massage therapy, but you may not know what the massage treatment entails. What is Shiatsu massage therapy exactly: The Shiatsu massage techniques originated in Japan based on traditional Chinese medicine with elements of Western therapies. It helps those who receive treatment by amplifing the body's own ability to heal itself.
What is Shiatsu and how does it work?
Shiatsu massage therapy technique relies on the use the fingers, thumbs and the palm to apply pressure to various areas of the body to help heal common ailments and conditions and will also correct imbalances in the body. Pressure applied to points on the body promotes good energy flow and corrects disharmonies throughout the patient's body. This is a deeply relaxing experience, and Shiatsu helps relieve stress, treat pain and illness, and contributes to a patient's overall health and sense of wellbeing. Shiatsu also regulates the automatic nervous system activity and stimulates the several systems in your body including: circulatory, lymphatic and hormonal. Poor posture, joint problems, sprains, arthritis, sciatica, acute and chronic neck and back pain, sinusitis, and bronchitis are also treatable with Shiatsu massage therapy.
Who receives massage therapy and for what?
More than 39 million people living in the United States received a massage in the last year, according to an annual survey conducted by the American Massage Therapy Association. 53% of these individuals discussed massage therapy with their doctors and healthcare providers and say their doctor recommended they get massage therapy. Massage has been shown to reduce blood pressure and your heart rate while increasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
How is Shiatsu like or different from other massage techniques?
Shiatsu massage therapy uses techniques like those found in other treatment methods such as osteopathy, lymphatic drainage and physiotherapy. But Shiatsu practitioners believe that physical health conditions, diseases, and blockages and imbalances in the energy flow throughout the body need to be addressed when creating a Shiatsu treatment plan.
How does Shiatsu help?
Shiatsu works to improve overall health by affecting each person’s internal energy system. Massage therapy can often result in an increased range of motion and improved coordination for the client. Used as either a primary or complementary therapy, Shiatsu combines therapist assisted-stretching techniques and acupressure to restore muscle and bone structure.