Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork. The word shiatsu means “finger pressure”, and shiatsu is sometimes described as a finger pressure massage.
How does shiatsu work?
Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is thought to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”) through the body.
Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of qi.
A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stresss.
What does shiatsu feel like?
The shiatsu therapist applies pressure using his or her fingers, thumbs, and/or palms in a continuous rhythmic sequence.
The pressure feels more localized, because unlike other types of massage, the finger pads are used to apply pressure for most of the treatment instead of the entire palm.
Certain pressure points may feel tender, which some people describe it as “good pain.”
If you feel any discomfort or pain during the treatment, tell your therapist and he or she will adjust the pressure so that it is comfortable to you.
Most people say shiatsu is as relaxing as a classic forms of massage therapy.
What should I expect during my visit?
The treatment is done on a low massage table or on the floor.
Unlike other forms of massage, with shiatsu no massage oil is applied, so you remain fully clothed during the treatment. You may be asked to bring comfortable clothing to wear.
What conditions is shiatsu used for?
Neck and shoulder pain
Recovery from injuries
Chakra is the most common term for the energy centers that occur along the midline of the body, within the auric field. Sometimes visualized as spinning wheels or vortices of light and colour, chakras are centers of energy that relate to each of our body’s systems and organs. According to ancient vedic tradition, there are seven primary chakras, although modern healers and new age systems may discuss more or less than seven. Each chakra corresponds to a different area of the body and an aspect of the psyche. Physical and psychological problems are thought to show up in a person’s chakras and energy field long before symptoms are noticeable.
Chakras have no physical structure. They are part of the body’s subtle energy system and do not have a physical representation or a fixed location – they can shift around within the body. A chakra may relocate by several inches or more as a result of surgery, trauma, or mental or emotional abuse. It might simply be a difference in their “energy anatomy” that places the chakras in slightly different locations in different people. The usual locations are within the body, in a straight line which runs from the “root chakra,” at the base of the spine/between the legs, to the “crown chakra” at the top of your head.
The seven major chakras and correspondences
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WHAT IS REIKI ?
Reiki is a Japanese word meaning “Universal Life Force Energy”. A Reiki treatment is a simple hands-on relaxation therapy that helps to balance the mind, body and spirit. Through the use of soothing hands laid on or above a person’s chakras or energy centers, the physical body is able to relax and de-stress which, in turn, allows the mind and the emotions to calm as well.
There are seven main energy centers located throughout the body. These centers called chakras (a Sanskrit word meaning wheel) are aligned with the body’s major organs and endocrine glands. Ideally, these chakras are balanced and functioning at an optimal level allowing us to feel relaxed, healthy and happy. However, as we experience life’s inevitable stresses, our body stores our reactions to these daily events and, unless we find ways to release this negative energy, we eventually succumb to anxiety and/or illness.
Reiki is one of the ways we can release pent-up negative energy and bring our chakras back into balance. Reiki is a gift you give yourself to promote health and well-being.
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