April 13, 2024

Shiatsu Massage: What to Expect from the Treatment

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There are many kinds of spa massage including Swedish massage and deep tissue massage. Shiatsu massage is a technique that promotes general health and wellness as well as treats certain medical conditions.

Shiatsu is a form of Asian bodywork that includes manipulating the body through the use of figure pressure. During the session, the therapist will use techniques like pressure, light trapping, gentle stretching, soothing, and kneading. Shiatsu is meant to improve the flow of qi or the natural energy system of the body that runs along internal pathways called meridians. A Shiatsu treatment wants to achieve the free movement of energy blockages and balance.

How the Massage Works

Just like in acupuncture, therapists at a spa à Québec apply pressure to points on the body thought to be connected to meridians. When stimulating these points, the therapist will focus on promoting the flow of vital energy and facilitating healing.

When doing the massage, the therapist applies deep pressure using their fingers, palms, or thumbs continuously. They use finger pads to apply pressure and hold every point for 2-8 seconds. Sometimes, pressure points stimulated during shiatsu may feel tender. People who get this treatment describe the tenderness as good pain; however, the client must alert their therapist when they feel any discomfort or pain they experience during the massage.

Typically, shiatsu is performed on a low massage table or on a mat on the floor. While the sequence is usually similar to other kinds of massage, shiatsu does not include the application of oil. That is why clients get this massage with comfortable and loose clothes on.

Conditions Shiatsu can Help

Apart from making you feel relaxed and energised, Shiatsu massage can effectively treat a variety of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions. The therapy is found to help with muscle stiffness, digestive issues, and nervous system ailments.

Also, it aids in treating the following health problems:

  • Migraines and other headaches. Shiatsu massage can reduce tension, anxiety, and depression. It can diminish the intensity, duration, and dependence on medications for sufferers.
  • Chronic pain. As the massage alleviates tension and stress, it can help improve sleep and reduce muscle and joint pain that can plague those who suffer from chronic pain.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Shiatsu massage can reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol and increase serotonin and dopamine that can calm some of the symptoms of PTSD.
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