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Shiatsu Massage Therapy Services
A complete massage done in comfortable clothing, shiatsu massage uses the body’s ability to naturally heal and can help you both physically and mentally. By using the ancient theory of meridians which run through the body, a massage professional can use holistic techniques which help you heal, relax and improve chronic pain symptoms.
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What is a shiatsu massage?
Shiatsu massage is a traditional Japanese healing therapy that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body using the fingers, thumbs, palms, and sometimes even elbows and knees. Shiatsu massage stimulates the body’s natural healing abilities, reduces stress, and promotes overall wellness.
Shiatsu massage is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, which views the body as a network of energy channels or meridians. A shiatsu massage therapist can help balance the body’s energy flow, release tension, and alleviate pain and discomfort by applying pressure to certain points along these meridians.
What are some benefits of shiatsu massages?
Shiatsu massages offer many physical and mental benefits that can improve your overall well-being. One of the primary benefits of shiatsu is that it promotes relaxation and reduces stress levels. By stimulating pressure points throughout the body, shiatsu massages can also help relieve muscle tension, increase circulation, and improve flexibility.
Other benefits of shiatsu include relief from chronic pain, reduced inflammation, improved digestion, and strengthened immune function. Additionally, shiatsu can help regulate the body’s energy flow, or qi, improving mental clarity and emotional balance.
Whether looking to improve your physical health or reduce stress and anxiety, shiatsu massages are a natural and effective way to support your overall wellness.
What should you expect during a shiatsu massage?
You can expect to lie comfortably on a soft mat or massage table while fully clothed during a shiatsu massage. Fingers, palms, thumbs, and elbows apply pressure to specific points on your body, known as acupressure points, to promote healing and relaxation.
Gentle stretches and joint mobilization techniques help release tension and improve your range of motion. Throughout the session, you will be encouraged to breathe deeply and relax, fully allowing your body to receive the benefits of the massage.
How do you prepare for a shiatsu massage?
Preparing for a shiatsu massage is simple and easy. First, it’s important to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows for ease of movement. Avoid wearing belts, tight clothing, or clothing with heavy zippers or buttons, as they may interfere with the massage techniques.
It’s also recommended to avoid eating a heavy meal before your session, as a full stomach can make it uncomfortable to lie on your belly. However, a light snack or meal is okay. Drinking water before and after the session is also important to stay hydrated.
What techniques are used in shiatsu massages?
The main technique used in shiatsu massage is point work, which is applied to specific areas of the body, known as meridians. These meridian points correspond to different organs and systems in the body, and by applying pressure to them, the therapist can help release tension, improve circulation, and stimulate the body’s natural healing processes.
In addition to point work, shiatsu massage may involve stretching, joint mobilization, and other manual therapy techniques. These techniques help to loosen tight muscles and joints, improve the range of motion, and promote deep relaxation and well-being.
Contact Geri León, a board-certified Massage Therapist, today to begin feeling your best. Geri works with greater East Bay Area clients, including Castro Valley, Hayward, San Leandro, Dublin, and Pleasanton.