Shiatsu massage originated in Japan. The shiatsu massage employs some facets of traditional Chinese medicine. The focus of Shiatsu is to realign the body’s qi (chi). As the theory goes, when the energy within the body is “blocked” or “obstructed”, a person begins to experience pain and discomfort. By focusing on the body’s pressure points, the qi can be put back into alignment, thus removing the pain.
The Shiatsu Technique
The word “shiatsu” translates to “finger pressure” in English, and that is exactly what this type of massage utilizes. By using fingers, palms, and elbows, the massage therapist applies pressure to the specific pressure points and works on relieving pain and restoring balance to the body. By moving across the surface of the body to the joints and limbs, the aim is to promote healing and remove any pain that the client is feeling. If you’ve ever received a Shiatsu massage from a therapist, then you know how beneficial it can be. Unlike Swedish massage, Shiatsu applies more pressure on the muscles, which can be a bit uncomfortable at first, but once the knots are worked out, you can end up feeling much better. The “kneading” sensation that Shiatsu provides has been integrated into our massage chairs.
The Benefits of a Shiatsu
There have been many benefits from Shiatsu that have been observed over the years. Those who always feel tired or fatigued can experience rejuvenation after experiencing a Shiatsu massage. If someone is suffering from poor circulation, he or she can restore proper blood flow to their muscles and joints. If you’ve been injured while running or hiking, a full-body Shiatsu massage can do wonders for your recovery. So there you go, a quick rundown of Shiatsu massage.
Shiatsu Massage Chair History
Shiatsu massage chairs have been around since 1962. When the patriarch of the Japanese family Inada invented it. Nichimu Inada, developed a mechanized Shiatsu massage chair.
Features inventions and innovations developed by Inada are now incorporated into most of the higher-end massaging chairs in the massage chair industry. Massage chair inventions and innovations such as airbags, infrared electronic sensors, help emulate the technical routine of traditional Shiatsu movements.