The benefits of shiatsu massage

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Shiatsu is a type of mát xa therapy that was primarily developed in nhật bản. With its name derived from the Japanese term for "finger pressure," it involves applying pressure lớn specific points on the body, moving from one point khổng lồ another in a rhythmic sequence.


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While shiatsu has roots in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), it"s now commonly practiced throughout the world. There are also countless gadgets, like mát xa chairs, bachồng và neông xã massagers, and cushions said to simulate shiatsu.

How Does Shiatsu Work?

As in acupressure, practitioners of shiatsu apply pressure to points on the body thought to lớn be connected khổng lồ pathways called "meridians".

By stimulating these points, such therapists aim to promote the flow of vital energy (also known as "chi") và facilitate healing. According khổng lồ the principles of TCM, blockages in the flow of đưa ra can contribute to a wide range of illnesses.

Although scientists have yet lớn determine how or why shiatsu might improve health, it"s theorized that the treatment may calm the sympathetic nervous system and—in turn—stimulate circulation, reduce găng, và soothe pain.

What Does Shiatsu Feel Like?

When performing shiatsu, therapists apply deep pressure using their fingers, thumbs, and/or palms in a continuous sequence. The finger pads are used to apply pressure, và each point is typically held for two to lớn eight seconds.

In some cases, pressure points stimulated during shiatsu may feel tender but it should not hurt. People often describe this tenderness as "good pain."

Let your mas sa therapist know if you feel discomfort or pain during your massage. They can adjust the pressure to lớn make the massage more comfortable for you.

Shiatsu is typically done on a low mát xa table or on a mat on the floor. Although the sequence is often similar to lớn other types of mát xa, no mas sa oil is used, so it is usually done with the client fully clothed in loose, comfortable clothing.

Uses for Shiatsu

Shiatsu is often used to lớn lessen áp lực & protect against stress-related health issues. In addition, shiatsu is said to promote healing in conditions such as:

Shiatsu is also said to lớn increase energy, promote recovery from injuries, and stimulate the digestive system.

If you"re thinking of using any type of mas sa therapy (including shiatsu) to lớn manage a health problem, make sure lớn talk lớn your primary care provider first to discuss whether it"s right for you.

The Benefits of Shiatsu

Retìm kiếm on the health effects of shiatsu is fairly limited, but there"s some evidence that it may offer certain benefits.

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Some retìm kiếm also indicates that shiatsu shows promise in the treatment of certain pain-causing conditions. In a report published in Manual Therapy in năm ngoái, for instance, shiatsu was found toimprove sầu pain intensity and chất lượng of life for people with fibromyalgia.

For this report, researchers analyzed previously published clinical trials on mát xa for fibromyalgia. Their analysis determined that shiatsu improved pain, pressure pain threshold, fatigue, sleep, & quality of life.

Safety và Side Effects

While shiatsu is generally considered safe when done by a qualified professional, certain individuals should take caution và consult a physician before receiving shiatsu.

For example, there"s some concern that shiatsu may have sầu harmful effects in the following individuals:

Additionally, shiatsu should not be performed directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures. People with leg stents should avoidabdominal mát xa.

Shiatsu should also be avoided immediately after surgery, and by people with infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds.

A Word From Verywell

Letting bao tay go unchecked can have sầu an impact on your health, raising your risk of health troubles ranging from insomnia to heart disease. The good news is that some strategies, lượt thích shiatsu, may offphối the negative effects of bức xúc và help ease aches và pain.

Shiatsu is just one of many types of bodywork. Learn about other popular forms of mas sa, such as deep tissue massage, Thai mát xa, hot stone mát xa, và aromatherapy mát xa.

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