How does a Shiatsu massage work?

Shiatsu is based on traditional Japanese massage therapy. Shiatsu works with the body’s energy flow, known as Ki or Qi (pronounced chee). It uses acupressure to release tension and bring balance to the body. It can help to lift your mood and make you feel relaxed.

What is shiatsu massage good for?

Shiatsu is used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions, such as headaches, PMS, digestive disorders, fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety, and muskuloskeletal pain, including low back, neck, and joint pain.

What should I expect after a shiatsu massage?

Many people report feeling sore for the day or 2 after a shiatsu massage. This soreness should go away in 24 to 48 hours, and is a sign that the body is detoxifying. Coming to the massage well hydrated and drinking water after a massage is helpful to support the cleansing process.

Are shiatsu massagers effective?

Although scientists have yet to determine how or why shiatsu might improve health, it’s theorized that the treatment may calm the sympathetic nervous system and—in turn—stimulate circulation, reduce stress, and soothe pain.

How long does a shiatsu massage take?

The typical Shiatsu session lasts for about 60–90 minutes.

Can Shiatsu cause side effects?

Side effects



Shiatsu is generally safe to have. You might have some mild side effects such as headache and muscle stiffness after treatment. You may also feel very tired. These symptoms usually pass within a few hours, but you should contact your therapist for advice if they continue.

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Why does Shiatsu hurt?

It’s normal to feel sore after a massage. The technique carries blood and nutrients to your muscles while eliminating toxins. After stimulating muscles that you may not usually use, you might experience delayed onset muscle soreness. This is a physical response to the inflammation as your body heals.

Why do you poop after a massage?

Yes, massage helps calm the body and the mind, which means that it kick starts the Parasympathetic Response. This slows down breathing and your circulation lowers your blood pressure and turns back on your digestion (the repetitive strokes of a massage on the lower torso also help stimulate the large intestine).

Does massage Really release toxins?

This is a fact: Massage has many health benefits. Massage can reduce stress, tension, heart rate, blood pressure, sore muscles, and joint pain. Massage can increase endorphins, blood circulation, and immune functions. This is also a fact: Massage does not remove toxins that are stored in the body.

Can you use shiatsu massager too much?

Excessive use is known to lead to muscle damage, inflammation, and bruised tissues in addition to causing harm to the internal massage chair motor. So, take it slow and easy with your massage chair, especially when you’re using it for the first time.

How often should you get a shiatsu massage?

How often do I need to take a Shiatsu treatment to reduce my overall body stiffness? I recommend clients to take at least three consecutive treatments to promote substantial release of tension. Treatments are more effective if done on a weekly basis.

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