The “Shiatsu” is a Japanese-treatment, which aims to improve health by stimulating the body’s natural ability self-healing through pressure (acupressure) that are distributed throughout the body. Massage Therapists perform these types of techniques on their patients.
It is applicable in muscle aches, fibromyalgia, back pain, cervical pain, back pain and sciatica, tendonitis, stiff neck, stress, insomnia, migraines, digestive disorders, pregnancy and postpartum, menstrual disorders … among others.
Through gentle pressure and stretching, “Shiatsu” can eliminate contractures and back pain caused by stress and poor posture we adopt throughout the day.
This type of massage therapy is an important regulator of Nervous System Contract, and that pressing cross, the nerves that run on either side column, balances our autonomic nervous system, turning deeper and relaxed breathing. It also supports the circulation of blood throughout our body, providing more mobility to the joints.
A shiatsu session lasts between 50 minutes and an hour. No oil or creams are used, and is usually applied on comfortable outfit clothing the person on which it will work.
Who is recommended to receive Shiatsu?
And you can receive Shiatsu recommended at any age, from infants to the elderly, during pregnancy and postpartum, as a regular treatment, stimulates the functioning of physiological functions.
Are there any contraindications for Shiatsu?
Do not apply Shiatsu: communicable diseases, pleurisy, peritonitis, appendicitis, peptic ulcer, pancreatitis, duodenal ulcer, liver cirrhosis, intestinal obstruction, fever or excessive physical weakness.
Shiatsu in people suffering from Fibromyalgia
Therapists Shiatsu consider the person as a whole, ie, holistically, so that we treat the whole body (back, legs, feet, neck, arms and abdomen), as we consider that a symptom or pain can be caused by a structural lack of balance or organic.
In fibromyalgia, there is widespread muscle pain accompanied by stiffness and feeling of tiredness or fatigue. Among other reasons, this muscle pains due to low levels of oxygen in the muscles, which eventually trigger chronic fatigue.
Regular Shiatsu treatment improves circulation and helps the lactic acid (a substance that causes muscle stiffness), is transported to the liver where it is converted into glucose and thus is achieved, relax the muscles, and decrease muscle pain.
Shiatsu, through its modulated pressures, establishes communication with the autonomous nervous system, helping to balance the possible decompensation that may manifest and promoting the connection between the peripheral nerves innervating the Musculoskeletal System.
Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine
Shiatsu is very closely related to the Traditional Chinese Medicine. Most dotted lines are pressed coincide with the meridians of acupuncture.
Homeostasis active processes that living things have with their environment, are supported by a complex and articulate energy network that crosses our body, ie the meridians or energy channels. These routes have electromagnetic function to adapt to the economy of all the influences they receive in the form of colors, smells, tastes, musical notes, solar spectrum, terrestrial electromagnetic field, etc. biological systems.
Thumbs stimulating specific points in these energy channels or meridians, harmonizing and energy is achieved regular person, improving their digestive, endocrine and cardiovascular functions. If there is a disorder in which affects one or more of these systems, it is advisable to combine Shiatsu with Acupuncture.
Historical Background of Shiatsu
Its origins date back to over 3000 years ago when the ancient Chinese sages profuse observers of nature and man, they realized that the pressure on certain points on the body relieved pain where this is stated, and also benefited other parts the most distant body pain and pressure point. Over the years several systems and techniques were developed to relieve pain and help combat diseases.
Chinese carried Japan, all these techniques known by the name of “Anma”.
It was not until the mids. XX, the “Shiatsu” was officially recognized by the Ministry of Health in Japan, thanks to the work of “Tokujiro Namikoshi” which got the recognition by the Ministry of Education and Health in Japan since 1955.
This is how the Japanese Ministry of Health, defines “Shiatsu”:
“Treatment that by applying pressure with the thumbs and palms on certain points of the body, corrects irregularities, maintains and improves health, contributes to alleviate various diseases and activates the body’s ability to heal. It has no side effects. ”
Its name literally means finger pressure. (“Shi” fingers), (“atsu” pressure)
Besides the work of Tokujiro Namikoshi, it is worth mentioning the work done by “Shizuto Masunaga” Namikoshi disciple who’s Shiatsu is known by the name of “Zen Shiatsu”. Both styles value both the physical condition and emotional state of the patient.