History of Shiatsu Massage

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Shiatsu, a Japanese word meaning finger pressure, was founded by Tokujiro Namikoshi-sensei. In 1912, when he was 7 years old, Tokujiro completely cured his mother of her rheumatism by applying pressure to various parts of her body. His lifelong passion for this modality led to its recognition by the Japanese government; in 1964, Shiatsu was officially recognized as a therapeutic treatment.

Principles of Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu uses the Chinese meridian system of the body to stimulate the nervous system in a manner similar to acupuncture but without the needles. Pressure is continuously applied by the fingers, knuckles, thumbs, elbows, and palms in order to stimulate these meridians and initiate the healing process. Although the pressure is continuous, it takes various forms. Shiatsu massage employs rubbing, squeezing, applying pressure, and tapping in order to release the energy blockages and restore the free flow of energy in the body.

Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

Shiatsu provides the client with many restorative health benefits, including:

    • Stress relief
    • Tension relief
    • Increased circulation
    • Release of toxins
    • Increased immune function
    • Increased agility
    • Soothed and calmed nerves
    • Client remains clothed

All of life’s events, both good and bad, are stored in the tissues and often cause energy blockages and disease. In order for the body to function optimally, the stresses, blockages, and toxins created by these events need to be released. When they are not, they are stored in the tissues and can have a deleterious effect on the body. The results of non-release are maladies such as arthritis, poor posture, fatigue, and many others.

Shiatsu massage can help alleviate the effects that these events cause the body and restore the free flow of energy throughout the body. When energy flows freely, the body functions better.

By increasing circulation, both of the blood and the lymph systems, Shiatsu encourages the body’s immune system to function properly, which decreases the incidence and severity of colds, flu, and other illnesses. When the lymph system operates more efficiently, the body is healthier and more energetic. The body creates metabolic waste every day and the lymph system is responsible for removing that waste. When it does not, the result is fatigue and poor health.

Increased blood flow and circulation will increase mobility and agility by removing inflammatory agents from the joints and tissues. This can improve the ability and the desire to be more active; feeling better lends itself to a more active lifestyle.

One of the more attractive benefits of Shiatsu massage is that the client remains clothed. Traditional massage generally requires clients to undress. With Shiatsu massage, the client remains fully clothed, which increases the comfort level of more modest clients.

Life is full of stress and tension that may result in nervous disorders and anxieties. A Shiatsu massage therapist can target the areas that are affected and release the tension and stress that have such a detrimental effect on the body. The client will leave the massage feeling relaxed and calm; the nervousness and tension will melt away during the session.

Shiatsu Massage NYC

The most therapeutic shiatsu massage NYC has to offer can be found at Aura Wellness Spa. It  has many licensed Shiatsu massage therapists and is open daily from 10 AM to 2 PM for your convenience. Featured on lifestyle publications such as goop.com and the New York Times, Aura Spa prides itself on its status as a premier Korean day spa in New York City. Book your next appointment online or call us at (212) 695-9559 to schedule the most rejuvenating shiatsu massage NYC has to offer. Learn how we can help you relax and feel your absolute best.