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Shiatsu: Deep Tissue Massage

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 24 Sep 2010 | comments*Discuss
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Shiatsu has evolved from a 5000 years old tradition of healing arts. Shiatsu was born in China around 2000 years ago. Early accounts of the practice tell how massage and acupuncture, alongside diet and lifestyle were important aspects of health living.

The Benefits of Shiatsu

The practice of shiatsu uses a combination of firm pressure and stretching movements. This specific technique is used to stimulate the circulation and unblock the lymph nodes, release toxins and ease deep muscle tension. Shiatsu also stimulates the hormonal the immune system.

How Shiatsu Works

Shiatsu works thorough what is known as the subtle body. In Chinese this is known as Chi. Chi the essence of life force flowing throughout our bodies. Chi is believed to be everywhere. Chi is defined as a live force composed of electrical and magnetic vibrations. It can be perceived intuitively. It ids the energy within us that moves us on through life. Your body is a continual movement and flow of chi energy throughout the meridians.

Each of the twelve organs is aligned with and linked to a meridian. The meridians, keep the balance of chi flowing throughout your system. Within the organ and meridian systems, energy is constantly being exchanged. The energy circulates to fill areas where it is lacking and drain off areas where it is excessive. The entire system is designed to be self regulating. Normally, when the body is in peak condition, energy imbalances simply correct themselves. Shiatsu is only necessary when the imbalance is prolonged and there is a marked lack of energy.

The 12 Meridians

All meridians start or finish in the head, chest, hands or feet.
  1. Lung - chest to the thumb
  2. Large Intestine - index finger to the nostril
  3. Stomach - eye to the second toe
  4. Spleen - big toe to the side of the chest
  5. Heart -armpit to the the little finger
  6. Small Intestine - little finger to the ear
  7. Urinary Bladder - corner of eye to the little toe
  8. Kidney - sole of foot to the top of the chest
  9. Heart Constrictor - nipple to the middle finger
  10. Triple Heater - fourth finger to the eyebrow
  11. Gall bladder- big toe to the chest

Effects of Shiatsu

You should have a feeling of general well-being. Any feelings of mild discomfort afterwards are the result of toxins being eliminated from your body and should pass within a couple of days.

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