The healing benefits of shiatsu massage - Hoteli Bernardin

Do you know the healing benefits of shiatsu massage?

Wellness | 05. 06. 2018

Stress, tension and fatigue are daily issues in this modern time. Unfortunately, excessive stress can cause various health problems. To prevent that from happening we need to take some time off on a regular basis in order to relax and pamper ourselves. One great option to restore your inner balance is shiatsu massage.

Shiatsu massage is very pleasant and relaxing

Shiatsu massage comes from Japan where it is a part of traditional medicine. The massage consists of applying finger pressure on various acupressure points in order to stimulate them and balance the body’s energies. It is a holistic healing method, which helps balance the body’s energy flows and consequently the process of self-healing. The massage is very pleasant and relaxing, thus it has a positive effect on the general wellbeing. 

Shiatsu massage techniques

For centuries the ancient techniques of shiatsu massage have been devoted to the natural healing of numerous health issues. Shiatsu helps treat:

- arthritis,

- slow digestion,

- insomnia,

- anxiety,

- spine and neck pain,

- menstrual pain,

- headache and

- fatigue.

Shiatsu massage ensures the harmony of body and mind, as it combines the wisdom, knowledge and experience of alternative healing. The massage is done employing various massage techniques where the therapist uses his/her fingers, knuckles, palms, elbows, knees and feet. The therapist also uses his/her own body weight, which is the reason why the massage is done on the floor on a special mattress. Light clothes are worn so that the therapist can apply pressure on the acupressure points and eliminate energy blockades.

The touch is the foundation of oriental medicine

The magic process of self-healing is based on the right touch applied in the right place. Shiatsu is a relaxing massage technique which ensures therapeutic effects. It is a gentler form of physiotherapy where touch is used to stretch and relax muscles in order to harmonise the energetic system. In a way shiatsu is both therapy and a preventive method, as it boosts energy levels in the body, prevents disturbances in the system and repairs the damage caused by stress, injury or sickness.  As this kind of massage is done wearing light and comfortable clothes, it is suitable also for those who are shy, not yet acquainted with massages or those who might find the touch on bare skin a bit unpleasant.

Did you know?

In ancient Japan the first shiatsu therapists were blind. Those who are blind develop a sharper sense of touch, which proved to be an important advantage with shiatsu massage, since touch is of essential importance for shiatsu therapists.  

The benefits of shiatsu massage

Massages, regardless of the type chosen, are always beneficial for the general well-being and relaxation. Moreover, shiatsu massage is a great passive stretching of the whole body, it energizes the whole system, stimulates blood circulation and helps the body to eliminate toxins. It has been confirmed that shiatsu massage restores vitality, reinforces the immune system and stimulates the body’s defence system.  As the massage is very relaxing, it can be extremely effective in speeding up recovery after an illness or smaller surgery.

Can anyone have shiatsu massage?

Unlike other types of massage, shiatsu massage has been included among complementary health methods, which work hand in hand with official medicine. In Austria, Germany and Switzerland shiatsu therapy is completely or partially integrated in the public health care system.

Shiatsu massage is part of traditional Japanese medicine which deals with the connection between emotional and psychological perception. The massage is used to treat various health issues and problems deriving from psychosomatic causes. Often shiatsu massage helps treat issues for which official medicine can’t find the cause. Shiatsu massage treats the body and mind with a natural approach and is thus suitable for individuals with special needs, for persons with disabilities, for women before and after birth and for small children.