The English translation for the term Shiatsu is finger pressure. As an ancient Japanese healing practice, Shiatsu massage is a massage technique that uses stretching and pressure to manipulate muscle tissues. The person receiving a Shiatsu massage will lie on a mat on the floor while wearing loose fitting clothing. The massage therapist will use the fingers, thumbs, palms, knuckles, elbows, knees, and feet to massage the acupressure points of the body that lie along the 14 meridians or energy channels that run along the length of the body. Two of the meridians are responsible for pulling Chi through the torso. One meridian is known as the Governor which can be found down the length of the back, and the other is known as Conception which is found down the length of the front. The other 12 meridians are named the stomach, small and large intestine, spleen/pancreas, liver, gall bladder, kidneys, bladder, heart, lungs, sex, and triple heater.
As the Japanese equivalent of the Chinese method of acupressure, Shiatsu has become very popular and is now practiced in the United States. For those who practice Shiatsu massage, it is believed that disease develops from blocked or unbalanced energy of the two energy forces, the Yin, or negative, and the Yang, or positive. The energy Gi or Chi flows in the body along various channels called meridians. The purpose of Shiatsu massage is to help balance the energy flow and strengthen key internal body organs. Blocked Chi needs to be emptied and then restored. The energy channels vital organs are governed by Five Elements and by Yin and Yang. Those who practice Shiatsu believe when a person is in an unhealthy state the elements are no longer in harmony with each other.
From the physical to the spiritual, Shiatsu massage treatments focuses on the whole being. Shiatsu treatments are given for a number of physical conditions such as: migraines, respiratory problems, leg cramps, digestive problems, and other common ailments such as constipation. After a Shiatsu massage, many people report experiencing such reactions as tranquility, crying, laughing, and happiness. As well, those who have undergone the Shiatsu massage experience feel that this type of massage is very therapeutic. A Shiatsu massage may be exactly what you need to improve your health so try a Shiatsu massage today.