Shiatsu, better known as acupressure, is essentially a finger pressure massage technique. The therapist applies pressure with his thumbs, finger, and palms to specific areas of one’s body, after a prior assessment of the trouble spots on one’s body. The massage techniques involved are tapping, squeezing, rubbing, and applied pressure along the meridians to unblock energy blockages and reintroduce the optimal flow of the hidden internal energy of the body.
Massage is the practice wherein structured pressure or vibration which are manually or with mechanical aids applied to the soft tissues of the body, including muscles, connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and joints, in order to achieve a beneficial response. This form of therapy can be applied either to individual parts of the body or to the entire body in order to heal injury, relieve psychological stress, manage pain, improve circulation and relieve tension. “Therapeutic massage therapy” or manipulative therapy is referred to the practice of using a massage for physical or psychological benefits.
Before you begin, ensure your massage client, wears thin, loose, comfortable clothing, such as cotton or linen. Instruct them to lie flat on the floor in order to relax their muscles. Enquire about any westernized medical treatment that your client might be receiving which might hinder the massage. In order to begin one must first makes their diagnosis, assessing where chi (positive energy) flows healthily and the areas where it may be siphoned or obstructed. This should be followed with a light massage to feel which pressure points, which lie along the fourteen meridians running along your body, on the body, are stiff or tender. On diagnosing the problem areas, gently but firmly apply pressure using your fingers, knuckles, thumbs, palms, toes, feet, knees, and elbows.
The combination of the ancient practice of acupressure along with the massage therapy has been proved immeasurably beneficial for people with ailments such as knee pain, lower back pain, etc. The massage if administered to a client will definitely ensure an overall reduction in the very basic and nagging aches and pains.