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One who takes the time to experiences a Shiatsu treatment will become aware of the greatest healing within ones body.   Let me introduce Shiatsu to you.  In the following paragraphs you will become aware of what Shiatsu can and will do for your body along with the true meaning of the name.

What is Shiatsu Therapy, what does it’s name mean? how can it help you in today’s world? Who needs Shiatsu Therapy? How is it done, how does it work? How can you find someone who knows this type of Massage.

Shiatsu means "finger pressure" in Japanese . The Japanese word Shiatsu is composed of a character meaning finger (shi) and other character meaning pressure (atsu) This type of Massage has been in existence for many years. Back in 1955, the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare recognized Shiatsu as a valid treatment in a general category with traditional Japanese massage, and western style massage. Shiatsu was originally a Japanese treatment only now today it is steadily growing popular throughout the United States along with all other countries.

It is known as Acupressure and is based on the Eastern theory that life’s energy runs through the body in meridians pathways. Acupuncturist uses the same meridians when they place needles in your body to help relive your pain, what there doing is moving the energy flow of the body. This is what happens in a Shiatsu treatment when pressure is applied to the meridians it is a natural therapy that promotes health by stimulating the body’s systems, increases the vitality and strength of the internal organs, while encouraging the body’s self-healing powers, cultivates mental and physical well being in young and old.

The foundation of a Shiatsu treatment is the belief that each individual case must be regarded as unique. By adjusting treatment to subtle variation in the individual’s condition, it is possible to stimulate the body’s miraculous self-healing powers and cultivate both mental and physical well-being. It can be done to all age groups. In young children it helps to build strong bodies guards against sickness by keeping the flow of energy in the body moving. This not only works in the young it can be done in adults as well as the aged. Insuring longevity in adults, along with continued health in old age. The goal of Shiatsu is to apply a distinctive kind of pressure therapy along the meridians to relieve fatigue generate a pleasant sensation and thus stimulate the body to use it’s innate, natural powers of recuperation.

One who is an experienced Shiatsu Therapist has a correct and accurate knowledge of the meridians like an Acupuncturist who uses needles. He or she will be able to make an immediate diagnosis of your body by pressing over certain areas of the body. They can detect irregularities in blood circulation, undo pressure exerted on the nerves, deformities in the skeleton body just by watching you walk. Looking at the skin to see if it hot or cold, rough or smooth, checking your eyes, tongue, and hair. Once your therapist has examined you they will be able to know what treatment to use.

The movement is applied with finger pressure instead of needles. The manipulation of specific points along the meridians unblocks and restores the balanced flow of energy for optimal health. It is not only applied by the fingers, in some cases the palms, elbow, and feet are used in a Shiatsu massage treatment. The manual pressure on acu-points along the meridians corrects and prevents energy blockages. Initially these points may be tender, but as energy releases, they become less tender and more comfortable. Your body starts to relieve tension and fatigue. It allows relaxation and stress relief while it is soothing the mind and nerves.

Shiatsu strives first of all to prevent illness it is a natural therapy that promotes specific treatment for minor functional disorders as well as a preventative regimen promoting general health. Treatment is effective for headaches, backache, insomnia, sluggishness, muscle spasm and strain, stiff neck and shoulders, sciatica, etc. It is best to receive weekly or monthly treatments of Shiatsu therapy for body adjustment to relieve your symptoms.

When looking for a Shiatsu therapist, many claim to know acupressure. Above I stated a true Shiatsu Therapist who knows the body will examined you before they work on you. They will tell you what they feel is wrong with you before they start to treat you. They will not only work on the problem that you have they work on the whole body while they concentrate on your exact problem. Sometimes you will need to return three times a week, them twice a week and them once a week.  Then once a month. It is best to return till they tell you come back when you feel you need your treatment but, don’t wait too long to return. It is like a tune up once you get a new car make sure you keep the engine running well by giving it regular tune ups.

This is a true Shiatsu Therapist Ask questions when you are searching for your therapist. Where did they go to school? How long ago? Do they give an exam or ask you questions before there treatment? How do you feel when they work on you? Are they really (concerned about you as patience ) or are they only interested in collecting the fee? You, must feel comfortable when a Shiatsu treatment is being preformed   for your energy flow to release, to create improved health and strength.

Bio: About the Author:

Lillian Lucas Waugh is a certified Massage Therapist, Wellness Consultant, who has an online health business, that she takes pleasure in sharing what she has learned with others by writing Articles that can be viewed online at She will also take time to help and guide others who are willing to help themselves.

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