Shiatsu massage (literally translated as finger pressure) is a Japanese form of massage therapy that concentrates not only on releasing muscles and tight spots, but also balancing the body’s meridian pathways that are used in acupuncture. A scientific explanation as to how shiatsu works would be that it sedates an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles and alleviates stress on the adrenal glands.
Some of the main differences between Shiatsu massage and conventional Swedish massage therapy is that shiatsu concentrates on applying pressure with the pads of the thumbs, thenar eminences, elbows and forearms to acupuncture meridian points and extra points. In addition, there is no disrobing required. Most of the time practitioners work through clothing. This allows for greater patient comfort and prevents the sticky feeling that is present after massage oils have been used.
Due to pressure being applied to a smaller surface area and having the height of the table lower, it is much easier to get into deeper tissue where tension is normally present. The amount of pressure applied is only as much as is comfortable for patients and typical effects from treatment include increased energy, relaxation, better sleep and normalized digestion. Try a Shiatsu massage and discover one of the health maintaining benefits that the Japanese have used for centuries.