If you’ve been to a gadget store recently, you’ve likely seen Shiatsu messengers and massage chairs for sale. If you’re wondering what exactly this exotic type of massage is all about, we have the answer for you.
What is shiatsu massage?
Shiatsu massage originated in Japan and China and is defined by the Japanese Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare as:
“The use of thumbs, fingers, and palms to apply pressure to human skin without the use of machines or other instruments to correct internal dysfunctions, promote and maintain health, and treat certain ailments. How to do. Techniques used in acupressure include stretching, holding, and most commonly body weight tilting at various points along major channels.”
Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese and was developed from Anma, a Japanese massage style developed by Kanichi Akashi in the 1320s. This system was popularized by Kazuichi Sugiyama, an acupuncturist in the 17th century.
Interestingly, because Sugiyama was blind, massage in Japan became relevant to the blind, and an official decree was issued restricting the practice of anma to blind people only and banning sighted people from practicing massage. it was done.
What are the effects of Shiatsu massage?
Unlike more modern massages, acupressure often includes a spiritual or metaphysical component that focuses on realigning meridians and balancing chi energies.
There is no evidence that the metaphysical elements of acupressure provide any benefit or serve as a potential cure for any kind of ailment. such benefits have been proven.
improving blood circulation
Less stress and tension, less anxiety and depression
Reduce muscle stiffness and pain
Increased freedom of movement
General relaxation and improved well-being.