Shiatsu is a point pressure massage with its origin in Japanese culture. The term ‘shiatsu’ literally means figure pressure in Japanese. This massage explores the energy pathways spread throughout our bodies and make use of pressure points on corresponding organs. The aim of Shiatsu is to rejuvenate and restore the flow in the circulatory system of the body and also decrease the muscular pressures/ tensions as a result.
There are many benefits of Shiatsu massage; the most common and the most prominent of these are listed below:
Benefits of Shiatsu for Skin
Shiatsu is extremely good for the skin. That’s because when you get a shiatsu massage, it helps in stimulating the capillaries under the soft tissue of the skin.
- The stimulation thus provided regulated the secretion from the sebaceous glands which help in keeping the skin soft, smooth and moist.
- The message and stimulation caused by it also makes the skin more resilient, thus making it less prone to wrinkle.
Benefits of Shiatsu for Migraines/ Headaches
What majorly causes migraines is the narrowing and widening of the blood vessels in the brain at a rapid speed. This widening and narrowing causes the head to ache and also causes irritation. The shiatsu massage relaxes the body and also increases the blood flow while regulating the flow throughout the body. It is thus helpful in curbing migraines and other common headache symptoms.
Relief from Back Pain
Those suffering from back pains can also benefit by taking a shiatsu massage. Shiatsu can help apply pressure at certain points on the back to loosen out the stiffness and to retain some elasticity in the muscles which had become stiff.
As per some studies, shiatsu therapy has been found considerably effective in reducing pain and anxiety levels in patients suffering from lower back pain.
Muscle Pain and Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Shiatsu is beneficial in improving the health and the flexibility of all the muscles in the body. It helps in improving not only the circulation but also in providing adequate nutrients to all muscles. This way they can be used to alleviate muscle pain in general.
- The condition by the name- rheumatoid arthritis refers to the condition wherein chronic inflammation occurs in the body tissue. As a result the lining of the joints are attacked and become painful. Shiatsu massage has been found to be helpful in alleviating the pain and other related symptoms from this condition.
Shiatsu and Sinus Cavities
The sinus cavities can get clogged and congested, thus causing pain in the nasal cavity region as well as severe headaches. Using the shiatsu massage therapy pressure can be applied to the meridian points of the eye sockets, nose and hands. This relieves the congestion in the sinus and gives relief to the patient.
Sleeping Disorders/ Insomnia
People suffering from insomnia and many other sleeping disorders can also benefit from Shiatsu. It regulates the flow of adrenaline in the blood and also decreases the sympathy-adrenal response of our systems.