Shiatsu massage: technique, benefits and contraindications
The Shiatsu massage is a Japanese acupressure method and, coming from a land so full of tradition, rituality, a sense of the sacred, is a technique full of meaning and potential, close to those that are at the base of the do-in, of the ancient massage , acupuncture, osteopathy and chiropractic. It is a real treatment where the operator’s technique, knowledge and intuition come together.
Shiatsu massage, benefits and contraindications
The Shiatsu Shiatsu massage technique literally means “pressure” (atsu), which is performed with the fingers (shi), hands, elbows and knees on certain points (tsubo) to rebalance the energy (ki) along the meridians . The massage technique dates back to the 20th century and is based on the energetic conception which is also typical of traditional Chinese medicine. In practice, an individual may feel unwell in a jitsu area where there is an excess of ki, or in a kyo area where energy is lacking. From jitsu we identify the symptom whose cause lies in the kyo. The Shiatsu massage always proceeds on the double binary kyo-jitsu, of fullness and emptiness, because solving a malaise does not mean only acting locally, but intervening on the patient’s psychophysical unity.
The masseur works on the meridians, along which the ki flows. It is based on the 12 acupuncture meridians. The energy manifests itself in the 5 elements (fire, earth, water, metal, wood) and an organ is associated with each one. Each element corresponds to 2 meridians, one yin and one yang; only the fire corresponds to 4. The meridians are bilateral so there are 24 in all. If the masseur presses the meridian in one point, that particular area will be stimulated, but also everything that is along that meridian. The two main maneuvers performed are the pressure and the stretching practiced with hands, elbows, knees and feet. The masseur must always remain very relaxed while putting pressure, because he must draw strength directly from his hara. The duration of a pressure varies from 5 to 7 seconds, around the neck never more than 3 seconds. A Shiatsu massage session usually lasts about an hour. We would like to point out that a shiatsu session varies greatly depending on who performs it because the shiatsu operator’s hands move according to what he feels and what the recipient’s body communicates to him, the answers that come from the person together he is working on. Shiatsu massage for children
Benefits and contraindications
Shiatsu balances the body in depth. The technique works on the global harmony of the person. It has good effects on anxiety and stress, it reduces the typical symptoms of depression. It can be an alternative or a help in the case of: problems related to the head, neck and back, stiffening of the joints, anxiety-induced contractions due to sports or work. Among the other benefits: improvement of the relationship with others through contact, relaxation of stiffness and excessive tensions, improving posture and behavior, enhancing motor skills, alleviating the consequences of various types of trauma, increasing knowledge and control of the own body, restore the body’s energy balance. Shiatsu should not be practiced on people with contagious diseases, serious problems in the heart, lungs, kidneys, liver, bleeding, ulcers, cancer, fractures.
The abdomen (hara) is the seat of the vital spirit for the Japanese: speaking of hara means talking about the amount of energy a person has.