Shiatsu Massage

What is Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu supports the body through a specialised type of healing touch.  In the sixth century, a Buddhist monk introduced this component of traditional Chinese medicine to Japan, where it developed into a distinctive type of massage.  The modern form is a complete healthcare system that partners with the human body’s own resources.  Although shiatsu has a calming, relaxing nature, it activates the body to readjust and begin healing.  Massage therapists typically administer touch through the individual’s clothing, using the thumb or palms, incorporating simple points as well as holds.  Pressure varies according to need.  Sessions can include visualization and controlled breathing. 

What Conditions Can Shiatsu Massage Treat?

Shiatsu is total body support system.  It works with the body’s natural resources to restore any areas that are sick or out of balance.  By stimulating body energy known as Ki or Qi, it makes an individual more aware of body posture, exercise, and breathing.  The recipient becomes more attuned to the concept of the body and the mind as one entity on conscious as well as subconscious levels.  Shiatsu is known for its ability to ease physical tensions and to soothe emotional upheavals.  Physical, emotional, and spiritual healing begins as the body starts to adjust itself after receiving supportive touching.  Shiatsu is popular for dealing with a variety of structural problems such as a bad back and with disorders related to the skin, nervous system, digestive tract, or female hormonal cycles.

What are the Benefits of Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu is a very safe technique that is performed without any drugs.  It benefits individuals of all ages, from babies to the elderly.  Because it focuses on the wellbeing of the entire person rather than only targeting a specific condition, it is useful for people who are healthy or ill.  Many recipients find shiatsu helpful for boosting vitality, managing stress, or forming an important part of a preventative healthcare programme.  For those who undergo traditional medical treatment for a condition, it is useful in supporting the body and promoting healing.  Contact us today to find out more about shiatsu and other forms of massage therapy offered by The Health Network in London Ontario or to schedule a consultation.  Appointments are available with a registered massage therapist the same day.