Shiatsu massage is a form of Oriental therapy based on the principles of traditional Japanese medicine. This therapeutic technique uses finger, hand and palm pressure to stimulate key pressure points along the body’s energy meridians. The aim of Shiatsu massage is to restore the harmonious flow of vital energy, called ‘Ki’ or ‘Qi’, and to promote balance and overall health. This type of massage not only relaxes the body, but also encourages the body’s natural healing processes and the release of accumulated tension.
Shiatsu massage – benefits
Shiatsu massage offers numerous benefits and is currently one of the most sought-after forms of massage due to its long, medium and short-term effects. The most important reasons why you should try Shiatsu massage are:
- Deep relaxation: Shiatsu massage promotes deep relaxation of body and mind. Through pressure applied to pressure points and rhythmic movements and lines, it helps to reduce stress and anxiety levels, leaving you feeling calm and relaxed.
- Balancing vital energy: Shiatsu focuses on restoring energy balance in the human body. By stimulating key pressure points and energy meridians, Shiatsu massage helps to unblock the flow of vital energy (Ki or Qi) and restore balance throughout the system.
- Pain and discomfort relief: Shiatsu massage can help reduce muscle pain and discomfort in different parts of the body. Pressure techniques applied to specific points can help relax tense muscles and relieve associated discomfort.
- Stimulating blood and lymph circulation: Through pressure and specific movements, Shiatsu massage helps to improve blood and lymph circulation in the body. This can help eliminate toxins and waste products accumulated in the tissues and improve the supply of oxygen and nutrients to the cells.
- Improved flexibility and mobility: Shiatsu massage can help relax and loosen muscles and joints, thus helping to improve flexibility and mobility. This can be beneficial for people who suffer from muscle stiffness or who want to improve their performance in physical activities.
- Improved mood and vitality: Shiatsu massage stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin, known as happiness hormones, which can have a positive effect on mood and energy levels. This can lead to an overall feeling of vitality and bliss.
Shiatsu massage – recommendations
In order to enjoy Shiatsu massage it is important to find the right parlour where it can be practised. In our massage parlour, each specialist has experience and certifications in the field, so you are guaranteed to enjoy the right techniques.
Before your massage session, talk to the therapist about any needs, problems or ailments you have. Inform him or her of any specific pain, tenderness or discomfort you are experiencing. Doing so will allow the therapist to tailor the massage session to your needs.
During your Shiatsu massage session, it is important to communicate openly with your therapist and clearly express your comfort level. If you feel discomfort or excessive pain, don’t hesitate to tell the therapist and ask for adjustments or changes in the pressure or techniques used.
Make sure you are well hydrated before and after your Shiatsu massage session. Adequate water intake helps to flush toxins from the body and can contribute to better massage results. After a Shiatsu massage session, you may experience reactions such as tiredness, thirst or slight muscle tenderness. These are often normal and temporary as the body adapts and responds to the treatment.
Shiatsu massage can be a beneficial part of a healthy lifestyle, but it is not a substitute for a balanced diet, regular exercise and other forms of self-care. You should combine Shiatsu massage with other practices to achieve optimal results.