Why Shiatsu Works
Shiatsu strives to address ailments and prevent their recurrence and development. Pressure applied by the thumbs to certain points of the skin stimulates the body’s natural recuperative powers and removes fatigue by causing the diffusion of the lactic acid and carbon dioxide that accumulate among the tissues to cause muscular stiffness and stagnation of the blood. The accumulation of fatigue increases pressure distortions in the accumulated fatigue throughout the body. This causes irregular internal secretions and peculiarities in the skeletal system and internal organs. By diffusing accumulated fatigue, Shiatsu pressure restores flexibility to the muscle tissues and relieves pain producing symptoms throughout the body.
There is a large number of places closely related to the functioning of the body organs and vessels. Shiatsu Therapy is mainly concerned with the 660 zones (tsubo) where blood vessels, lymph vessels, nerves, and the ductless glands of the endocrine system tend to concentrate or to branch. Although the tsubo points potency are invisible on the skin, they are nonetheless of the greatest importance. Namikoshi style Shiatsu has incorporated tsubo points into a systematized treatment that is based on physiology and pathology. Simply pressing on the body and stimulating a response is not enough to bring about a truly therapeutic effect. One must have a correct and accurate knowledge of the specific tsubo points and must know how to vary thumb pressure, patient’s position, and introduce movement to bring about a positive outcome.
Characteristics of Shiatsu Therapy
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1. Immediate Assessment
As your Shiatsu practitioner systematically presses the points along each meridian, or tsubo line, they are able to immediately assess the patient’s condition and determine the specific kind of therapy needed. A trained Shiatsu therapist has developed a sense of touch that enables him to spot irregularities in blood circulation, lymph stagnation, abnormal internal secretions, deformities in the skeleton and undue pressures exerted on the nerves. The information he derives from this examination and from an estimation of the condition of the muscles enables him to develop a specific protocol to follow and to bring about resolution of the treatment to use.
2. No Medicines or Mechanical Devices Needed
Shiatsu can be performed anywhere and at any time since it employs the simple application of human touch to address your condition.
3. No Unpleasant Sensations or Secondary Effects
Shiatsu therapy is pleasant and produces no unpleasant side effects or pains even if the patients muscles are stiff. Since no medicines, injections, or mechanical devices are used, Shiatsu produces no unpleasant secondary effects. It’s beneficial effects manifest themselves gradually.
4. Suitable to All Age Groups
In all ages, Shiatsu helps produce strong bodies and wards off illness. It helps prevent sicknesses and builds the immune system, common to age level, and it can slow the aging process and helps ensure longevity and continued good health and well-being.
5. Resistance to Sickness
A person who receives Shiatsu treatment learns to recognize the effects of fatigue and in this way develops a kind of health barometer within himself. Regular, periodic Shiatsu Therapy keeps the skin and muscles flexible and stimulates the regenerative powers on a cellular basis and strengthens the body and revitalizes the organs. This has the effect of creating a self – defense mechanism that increases the body’s powers of resistance and thus lowers the likelihood of sickness and disease.
6. Sense of Mutual Trust and Reliance
Ideally, Shiatsu is a relationship in which the patient and the practitioner exchange roles and in this way strengthen the effect of the treatment and stimulate a profound feeling of trust. In Shiatsu, the practitioner and the patient must work together and be committed to produce the desired effect of improved health and strength.
7. Treatment of the Entire Body
If Shiatsu were applied only to the part of the body in pain, its effect would be only temporary. Shiatsu itself would then be no more than a treatment of symptoms. But Shiatsu strives to generate strength and health throughout the entire body.
8. Positioning of the Client
Shiatsu Therapy is performed in the face down (prone) and face up (supine) position as well as the sideways posture. The sideways position enables the therapist to treat the cervical, thoracic and lumbar regions of the spine while the client is bolstered by pillows to allow for a relaxing and therapeutic experience.
Shiatsu Therapy and Chiropractic Work
While Shiatsu Therapy and Chiropractic come from very different backgrounds there are still many crossroads at which they meet and through which they can work together to the benefit of the patient.
Shiatsu and Chiropractic therapies are both hands on techniques. While chiropractic is concerned with the integrity of the spine to relieve numerous ailments, Shiatsu involves the application of pressure to specific points throughout the body to soften muscle tissue, relieve spasm, stimulate circulation and rejuvenate the systems of the body.
Shiatsu can be a particulary effective means of preparing the body for chiropractic treatment. In many cases, if the muscle tissue has been softened and made more supple by the Shiatsu treatment, the chiropractic manipulations will be easier and last longer. This is particularly noticeable in the case of patients with severe muscle spasm or accute strains such as those incurred by whiplash, lower back injuries, sciatica, and sports or work related injuries.
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