Shiatsu is a form of Asian bodywork with origins in traditional Chinese medicine. Similar to acupuncture and its diagnostic methods, Shiatsu massage therapy uses acupoints and energy channels (meridians) in treatment.
Practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine view the body in a different way than Western medicine, which considers the body as composed of organs, muscles, bones, and joints. Oriental medicine emphasizes the flow of qi (vital energy) through the body and its affect on health.
The practice of Shiatsu
Qi regulates a person's physical, emotional, spiritual and mental balance. Shiatsu practitioners use thumbs, fingers, palms and elbows to apply pressure to specific points on the body in order to improve qi circulation through the meridians.
Shiatsu has become a mainstream complementary and alternative medicine therapy and is offered in hospitals, medical offices, spas and other wellness centers for the prevention and treatment of a wide range of health conditions.
Treating back pain and more
With Shiatsu, back pain and more dissipates. Shaitsu helps with back pain because the practice:
- Facilitates blood flow and circulation, which is beneficial to healing injured muscles
- Aids in relaxation, which helps alleviate muscle tension
- Eases depression and anxiety, which can reduce pain and speed recovery
In addition, this method of massage therapy has been shown to
- Reduce stress
- Restore balance
- Increase vitality
- Reduce acute and chronic pain
- Increase range of movement
By improving flexibility and balance, Shiatsu also can aid in reducing muscular pain, stiffness and tension. This holistic therapy enhances the body’s natural healing abilities. Shiatsu also promotes relaxation, minimizes stress levels, improves sleeping patterns, and increases energy.
How to seek treatment
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers Shiatsu and Swedish massage therapy, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for 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 ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.