Shiatsu is an ancestral method of Japanese origin. This massage has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. The term “shiatsu” appeared at the beginning of the 20th century and was popularized in the 1920s. It literally means “finger pressure”. Like all massages of Asian origin, shiatsu is based on the principle of energy flow governing the body.
Shiatsu massage technique
Shiatsu consists of applying pressure to specific areas and points on the body, performed by the practitioner with hands and fingers. Passed on from generation to generation, the technology has now developed strongly in the West and is increasingly attractive. The technique can be compared to a kind of acupuncture, since it consists in applying pressure to the reflex zones of the body, but without the needles, simply with the fingers.
The course of a shiatsu session
Shiatsu is practiced with clothes on. We therefore think of presenting ourselves on the day of the massage in loose and supple clothes. Comfortable clothing is the key to a successful shiatsu session. It all starts with a discussion with the practitioner, who takes the time to learn more about us, our daily lives, our stress level, as well as our needs and expectations, in order to adapt his manoeuvres and their intensity. Then we sit on a futon, a mattress on the floor. The practitioner then begins the massage by applying gentle and deep pressure with his fingers, but also with his elbows or knees, on the reflex zones and energy points. It usually begins with the back, then concentrates on the front of the body. Each shiatsu massage is personalized, since the practitioner insists on certain areas, depending on the needs of each person. The session usually lasts one hour and ends with a rest period.
The benefits of Japanese shiatsu massage
The benefits of shiatsu are many. A session helps you learn how to better manage stress, improve concentration and sleep quality, promote muscle relaxation and relieve tension. It also aims to revitalize the body, promote muscle flexibility, relieve muscle pain, eliminate toxins and rebalance the body and mind.
To be noted
Before booking your shiatsu massage, we think to check that it is well done for us. It is important to know that it is not recommended in cases of open lesions, inflammation, potentially contagious skin infections, ulcers, fever, acute heart problems and after surgery. It is also not recommended for people with asthma or bone fragility.