Shiatsu massage is an ancient Japanese healing method meaning ’finger pressure’. It aims to balance energy flow and strengthen your vital organs using pressure on the acupuncture points. It’s relaxing and good for deep muscle relaxation and relief of stress. It is also said to increase the flow of toxins from the body - so aiding in preventing disease.
When having a professional massage you lie on the floor while wearing loose, natural clothing and the practitioner will use hands, elbows, knees and feet to work on balancing your energy. He applies pressure to appropriate points to correct injuries or imbalances.
It works on the whole being from the physical to the spiritual so can bring out reactions such as crying, laughing joy or stillness. These reactions are a sign the body is breaking through old energy patterns.
How to have a Shiatsu massage at home:
To get the Shiatsu massager experience yourself you could try using a:
- Back massager
- Foot massager
- Hand-held massager
Back massagers: Fit over a chair and target the neck and back. They can be heated, remote control and have zone settings depending on whether you want a full or upper or lower back massage. They often use heat and a circular thumb action replicating the movement of a professional masseuse.
Cushions: Can be used on different parts of the body to give targeted relief using forward and reverse Shiatsu massage mechanism dispensing a soothing heat to relieve stiffness and tension.
Foot massagers: Look for one with soothing heat, toe touch control and a long power cord so you can position it anywhere you want it.
Hand-held massagers: These are often a cheaper alternative to back or cushion massagers but you might need assistance from someone if you need it for your back.
Hopefully that has given you some light relief and touched on how Shiatsu massage could re-energise you. Inner calm is within your grasp so grab it with both hands!