What is Shiatsu Acupressure Therapy?
Acupressure is a Traditional Chinese Medicine method of bodywork involving the application of pressure to specific body points. Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points and meridians, but acupuncture employs stimulation with needles, while acupressure uses only the practitioner’s hands.
Shiatsu acupressure therapy was developed in China over 5,000 years ago, and came into existence approximately 2,500 years before acupuncture. This therapy uses gentle but firm pressure with thumbs, fingers, and palms to particular points on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting imbalances of the body, and for maintaining and promoting health. This type of therapy might be helpful for those in depression treatment facilities, for people seeking drug rehab, for anyone in an eating disorder residential center or for those in trauma recovery.
This therapy is based on the belief that Qi, the body’s life force, flows throughout the body of every person. Qi is transported throughout the body by way of various pathways called meridians. There are 14 primary meridians in the body, each with numerous acupoints, points that each address a different bodily function. When a person is ill, according the Traditional Chinese Medicine, this means there is a blockage or lack of Qi in the body, and when someone is healthy, the opposite is true.
The goal of Shiatsu acupressure therapy is to release blocked energy (Qi) to the body by stimulating these acupoints. According to Traditional Chinese Medical Theory, imbalance or obstruction in meridian energy flow results in a malfunction or dysfunction in the organ associated with the meridian. Thus acupressure strives to normalize the stagnation or excess energy flow in the meridian and the organ so that they may resume normal function and vitality. Shiatsu acupressure therapy has been especially beneficial to those in depression treatment facilities and trauma treatment centers.
Shiatsu is a unique Japanese form of acupressure that also involves the integration of bodywork. This therapy is based on the beliefs of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure”. It utilizes a combination of finger pressure with natural body weight and assisted-stretching techniques to specific acupoints on the body.
Who Can Benefit From Shiatsu Acupressure Therapy?
This type of therapy can benefit anyone but is especially helpful to those with:
- Back pain
- Chronic pain
- A sinus condition
Benefits of Shiatsu Acupressure Therapy
These benefits include:
- Balance of energy in the body
- Nurturing in the body
- Increased energy levels
- Balance of the body’s hormone levels
- Improved circulation
- Growth in spiritual health
- Strengthened immune system
- Enhanced physical health
- Decrease in stress
- Increased muscle mobility
Acupressure and its derivative shiatsu treatment can stimulate circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid aiding in the removal of toxins; increase vitality, stamina and Qi energy; reduce stress, pain, and tension; reduce blood pressure and muscle stiffness; and enable deep relaxation of the mind-body system. This therapy can be very helpful to those in depression treatment centers, anorexia nervosa treatment centers, trauma therapy and cocaine addiction treatment. Research studies suggest that applying pressure to specific acupoints can release endorphins—the body’s natural painkillers and feel good hormones.