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Posted on: December 15, 2015

Shiatsu, a type of therapeutic bodywork that originated in Japan, uses massage therapy techniques to help clients reduce their stress levels. There are all different types of massage therapy and shiatsu, including acupuncture, anma massage, and acupressure.   Shiatsu bodywork is non-invasive therapy that does not utilize oils and that works on clients through light clothing. Proponents of shiatsu feel that it has preventative and curative effects, and that it’s beneficial for overall well-being. A variety of manual techniques are used, including tapping, pressure, soothing, kneading and stretching. If the client has exceptionally low energy, the practitioner will use a specialized technique to revitalize the client’s Qi. If the client is anxious or stressed, the practitioner will disperse the pent-up energy.   There are many benefits of shiatsu depending on what you’re seeking treatment for. Shiatsu is used to treat a broad range of musculoskeletal, internal and emotional problems. It can help ease muscle stiffness, aid in digestion, stimulate the skin and positively affect the nervous system. Shiatsu is used to treat various chronic conditions, like migraines and headaches; digestive problems; PMS; fatigue; stress and anxiety; fibromyalgia; insomnia; and pain the lower back, neck or joints. Depending on the session’s goal, shiatsu can be stimulating or calming.   At the start of the session, the practitioner will evaluate the client and the “state of the Qi” to determine the issues that are present. The practitioner will then create a program that will give the client customized therapeutic benefits. Many clients stick to a regular shiatsu maintenance program in order to promote continued well-being and improve their vitality. For some, one session per month is just right, while for others who lead a more stressful life, weekly sessions may work well.

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