In our MASSAGE THERAPY/ MASSAGE TECHNOLOGY COURSE, we offer Shiatsu which is a form of Japanese massage bodywork based on pseudoscientific concepts in traditional Chinese medicine. In the Japanese language, shiatsu means “finger pressure”. The technique includes massaging with fingers, thumbs, feet, and palms. It makes use of techniques such as assisted stretching, acupressure, joint manipulation and mobilisation to apply pressure to the human skin to correct internal malfunctions, promote and maintain health and treat specific diseases. Shiatsu massage is best for people who want to feel relaxed and relieve stress, pain, and tension.
- Emotional and physical calmness and relaxation.
- Relieve of stress, anxiety, and depression.
- Tension headache may be relived.
- Muscle tension reduction.
The techniques used in shiatsu include stretching, holding, and most commonly, leaning body weight into various points along key channels.”
In massage therapy we learn that the practice of shiatsu is based on the traditional Chinese concept of qi, which is sometimes described as an “energy flow”. Qi is supposedly channeled through certain pathways in the human body, known as meridians, causing a variety of effects. This hour-long massage technique is a non-invasive massage technique for people who feel shy/ uncomfortable when required to take their clothes off for massage, as this massage technique can be performed while the client is fully clothed in their most comfortable and loose clothing.
In MASSAGE THERAPY we learn that the technique carries blood and nutrients to your muscles while eliminating toxins. After stimulating muscles that you may not usually use, you might experience a delayed onset of muscle soreness. This is a physical response to the inflammation as your body heals.
The best way to alleviate any soreness after Shiatsu is to rest as much as possible and stay hydrated, as this will flush out any toxins that come to the surface during the massage.
Shiatsu can be used in the treatment of a wide range of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions.
It is indicated for:
- Muscle stiffness
- Stimulate the skin
- Aid digestion
- Influence the nervous system
- Digestive disorders
Musculoskeletal pain, including low back, neck, and joint pain