Do It Yourself: Shiatsu Massage Reduces Stress & Pain

How many of you use your thumb and firmly press and massage the area between your thumb and your index finger on your left and right hands when you are anxious or nervous? Whether you do it very often or have no idea what I am talking about, this massage technique is actually very well known within reflexology. Reflexology, also known as zone massage, is a massage technique that focuses its pressure points at certain parts of the feet and hands to release certain pain and tension.

Benefits of Shiatsu Massage
And within reflexology, the Japanese Shiatsu Massage uses similar techniques and can be done at home by yourself. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, massage can significantly relieve body pain by increasing blood circulation, such as back pain and an improved quality of life for people struggling with depression and stress. 

What is Shiatsu Massage and Meridian Lines
In Japanese, Shiatsu means “finger pressure” and the style of massage is just that, a hands-on therapy to support and balance the body’s ability to heal itself. Not only Shiatsu massage can release body tension and pain, it actually aims to improve the person’s overall health - physical, emotional and psychological. Among all body massage, shiatsu massage is unique because instead of just focusing acupressure and pressure points, it focuses mainly on the body’s meridian lines. According to the Traditional Chinese Medicine World Foundation, meridian lines are energy pathways that connect to the 12 major organs in our body. 

Do It Yourself Books
Shiatsu Massage can be performed by yourself on yourself when given good instruction! There are many simple moves and points that we can apply pressure to get some sort of relief. Please check out our collection on doing Shiatsu Massage at home: 

Do It Yourself: Shiatsu Massage Reduces Stress & Pain

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