Exploring Japanese Massage and the Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

shiatsu_massage_benefitsShiatsu massage, a form of Oriental therapy based on traditional Chinese medicine principles and Japanese massage therapy traditions, is growing in popularity. The reason for this is that it can be used to treat several health conditions and ailments, including:

  • Acute and chronic neck and back pain
  • Sinusitis and bronchitis
  • Joint problems and sprains
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica

Shiatsu practitioners assert that health conditions and diseases are due to blockages and imbalances in the qi flow throughout the body. Based on this, Shiatsu massage differentiates its diagnosis and treatment from other massage therapy modalities.

Shiatsu massage involves correcting body imbalances by using the fingers, thumbs, and palms to apply pressure to various areas of the body’s surface. This pressure promotes energy distribution throughout the body and re-harmonizes irregularities in energetic components. Assisted-stretching techniques and acupressure are also incorporated.

As a holistic therapy, Shiatsu massage:

  • Restores the nervous, lymphatic, hormonal, and circulatory systems to improve overall health
  • Aids in the prevention and treatment of illness by stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities
  • Improves coordination and range of motion and increases stamina and vitality
  • Reduces blood pressure and heart rate while increasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers

Health care providers are utilizing Shiatsu massage for pain management as well as tailoring it to patients with special needs.

AMC’s Massage Therapy program offers a specialization in Japanese Shiatsu, which enables students to develop experience working with a range of techniques within Japanese massage and Asian systems of medicine. Students complete courses in Shiatsu, Swedish, and medical massage. Graduates of the program receive both a Shiatsu Certification and a Massage Therapy Diploma.

Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy, and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. To schedule an appointment, call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs, request our course catalog here.

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