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WHO IS Shiatsu GOOD FOR?
M.I.A The Elite Relaxation Shiatsu is great for anyone who is having
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Ulcerative colitis
- Crohn's disease
- Menstrual cramps or irregularities
- Anxiety disorders
What is Shiatsu?
Over the past decade, as more people strive for a balance of mental and physical wellness, they have turned to shiatsu massage in their quest to reduce stress and improve their overall health. Shiatsu massage is an ancient oriental therapeutic massage treatment in which a trained shiatsu therapist works to adjust the body's energies -- referred to as chi or qi -- and physical structure to help the body heal and achieve solid mind-body wellbeing. How can shiatsu help you? Read on to learn about the benefits of this ancient massage technique.
Shiatsu is a form of oriental medicine
The true shiatsu massage technique evolved through centuries of oriental medicine and therapies. The Chinese also practiced various types of healing techniques including massage and manipulative therapies comprised of meditations geared for healing, physical exercise, and specialized breathing techniques that were designed to manipulate and guide the body's energies to flow favorably. Unlike other types of massage therapies, a shiatsu massage can be performed through light clothing and without the use of oils.
Shiatsu balances energy
There are different types of shiatsu massage techniques that concentrate on different methods to adjust a client's chi or qi, but the most common practice utilizes acupressure or acupuncture points. Through touch and sense, a trained shiatsu therapist can detect variances within the body even before physical symptoms may begin to appear. These subtle changes indicate that an imbalance is occurring and, with regular shiatsu sessions, a therapist can work to restore balance before physical symptoms occur or worsen.
The benefits of shiatsu
A shiatsu massage is a non-invasive low risk holistic approach for healing the mind and body, and it is suitable for all ages from infant to adults. Shiatsu is used to treat various chronic ailments including insomnia, fibromyalgia, musculoskeletal pain, neck, back and joint pain, PMS, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, asthma, sciatica and migraines. Shiatsu is also used for reducing stress and anxiety.
Why do people try shiatsu?
According to research conducted by the Shiatsu Society in the UK that surveyed shiatsu users in Britain, Austria and Spain, people gravitate towards shiatsu for a myriad of reasons. Up to 33 percent of respondents tried shiatsu "out of curiosity" while 39 to 59 percent of respondents had a shiatsu massage "to do something for one's self" or for "personal development." The study also revealed that respondents used shiatsu to help with various health maladies including problems with muscles or joints, back pain and posture, digestion, breathing and blood pressure, low energy, fatigue, menstrual pain, reduce use of conventional medication, relieving stress and promoting relaxation. Shiatsu can also be a catalyst for people to increase or improve their daily health habits. The research indicates that up to 80 percent of shiatsu users revealed that they made changes to their lifestyle as a result of having shiatsu treatments.
Shiatsu is part of oriental health care
Though people who regularly get shiatsu treatments rave about the massage technique's results, there haven't been any studies conducted in the United States to back claims of the effectiveness of this type of bodywork. However, much evidence has been published in Japan where shiatsu is the principal manual therapy. In 1964, The Japanese Ministry of Health even recognized shiatsu therapy as a "distinct therapy," and it is also recognized as part of the Japanese public health care system.
What happens during a shiatsu massage session?
At your first shiatsu visit, a therapist will take an assessment of your qi in order to determine the right treatment for your individual needs. You will also complete a medical history to help the shiatsu therapist assess your current state of overall health and wellbeing. Your first session may last about two hours but subsequent sessions are typically completed in one hour, with the therapist monitoring changes and progress. During the hands-on part of your session, the therapist will apply pressure over the surface of your body using her finger tips and thumbs. The amount of pressure and the pressure points to which pressure is applied is based on your needs during that particular session. Depending on your therapist and the treatment you need, you may be laying on the floor, a mat, or special table.
WHO IS Shiatsu not GOOD FOR?
M.I.A The Elite Relaxation Shiatsu is not a good options for anyone who is having the following
- Broken bones
- Open wounds and lesions
- Rashes, poison oak/ivy, hives
- Psoriasis is NOT a contraindicated condition, however, avoid "breaks" in the skin (legions)
- Fungus i.e. nail fungus, athlete's foot
- Varicose veins
- High Fever
- Intoxication (drugs or alcohol)
- Contagious diseases, such as, chicken pox, measles, severe flu or shingles
- High risk pregnancies (former miscarriages, IVF in the first trimester, ill health or hemorrhaging)
- Uncontrolled diabetes
- Severe osteoporosis
- Severe nerve damage
- Blood cancers, like leukemia
- Limited range of motion
- Post-surgery: Depending on the surgery, Shiatsu may not be applicable at all or only in certain areas. Note: No Shiatsu for a minimum of six (6) months after a spinal fusion. Please confirm with a physician before beginning treatment.
- Low immune system: Adapt time and intensity to client's daily condition
- Cancer: Do not work directly over tumors. Do not work when client has blood cancer. Otherwise, massage and (gentle) Shiatsu is not contraindicated, however, it may not be the best modality. Given that many cancer patients undergo surgery, chemo therapy and/or radiation therapy, you need to take adequate precautions. Clients undergoing chemo or radiation therapy should be treated as having a lowered immune system. If you choose to perform Shiatsu, please apply very gentle pressure. Radiation sites are considered a burn site, so do not touch the immediate area.
***Hydration is very Important before any Elite Relaxation Massage Services or Treatment. It is encouraged to plan in advance when Scheduling a Services to hydrate with WATER a day before the session starts. Water is extremely fundamental in life. We HIGHLY encourage & praise all our clients in taking responsibility for making the healthy choices to always take care of their bodies & souls.
***Rule Of Thumb: tips are not added into the total amount price. 15–20% tip is appropriate. And remember: if the massage is discounted, you should tip 15–20% of the full price, not the discounted price. Depending on how satisfied you are with the Elite Services that is. Please let us know at all if anything could be improve. Check Out the Q&A for more details