Friday, August 05, 2005

Shiatsu massage


Off late I have been seeing these Shiatsu massage chairs in the malls. You put a $1 and it massages you for 3 min, $2 – 6 min and so on. Recently I tried one of these massages, the 3 min it was so painful, it was as if someone was kneading you as if they would knead the chapathi dough. It was too rough at times, thank god when it was doing the head part it went a bit slow, else the little amount of brain I had would have been squeezed out. But the after effect was good indeed, my body felt relaxed and the body aches was gone. My muscles has relaxed and I guess the blood circulation was revamped. So all in all the $1 I put in was worth it, rather than spending couple of more dollars for people to do it, I would never venture out to do such stuff as well. I searched the web and got this info on Shiatsu massage. The chairs are pretty expensive ranging anywhere from $2000 to $3500.

So what is Shiatsu Massage, read on?

Shiatsu is an old, traditional, Japanese healing method. Shiatsu means “finger pressure.” But unlike the massages of the West, where kneading and friction is used, in shiatsu pressure and stretching is the key. The shiatsu practitioner uses palms, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, elbows, knees and the feet, to work on the body’s acupuncture points, along what they consider the body’s meridians or energy channels. Its a form of “touch communication,” and is a safe and effective preventive medicine. It helps to balance a persons energy flow, and strengthen the vital organs.
In shiatsu, it is believed that disease is the result of blocked or unbalanced energy, so that it’s either depleted or over-active. Shiatsu shares the same view as Chinese acupuncture. There are two energy forces, the Yin, or negative, and the Yang, or positive. Basically, the human body is looked upon as a microcosm of the universe, the meridians vital organs are seen as governed by Five Elements and by Yin and Yang. They believe that in a healthy person no element is dominant or deficient in relation to the other. So blocked or unbalanced energy allows disease to take over, and it is either depleted, or kyoto, or overactive-jitsu.

A shiatsu practitioner asks the patient to lie on a mat on the floor, while wearing loose, natural fiber clothing. He or she will then use his hands, elbows, knees, and feet to work on balancing your meridian. He applies pressure to appropriate points to correct the injuries or imbalances. Through touch, two way communications greatly benefits the patient. Shiatsu works on the whole being, from the physical to the spiritual, so during and after the treatment a patient may experience a variety of reactions-crying, laughing, joy, stillness. These reactions are a sign that the body is breaking through old energy patterns.
Shiatsu treatments are given for a variety of ailments, from respiratory problems, to digestive problems, to headaches and leg cramps, and can bring relief to a number of everyday disorders. And today, shiatsu is gaining popularity in the West, and is practiced in America and Europe.

17 Comments:

Blogger Vivhyd said...

af.. thnx for the highly informative post of Shiatsu.. althgh Me wud prefer to get a massage frm u knw.. mmm.. chair looks interesting.. but overall thgh massages are gr8 stress reliever no dbt..

1:26 PM  
Blogger TJ said...

vidha vidhama perula vidha vidhama business panranghya!!
Body aches were gone??
My granny used to say, head ache balms are so strong that, you feel that you headaches is gone, relative to that burning, that way, after being kneaded, was that a relative feeling??

2:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi af..
ongalku vayasu aiducha
K

3:06 PM  
Blogger Aravind said...

hey,
I tried this at my friends place (free u c!)i sort of liked it too. There were several types of massaging, speed and pressure applied. If possible i m thinking of buying one for my mom in india...there it will really be appreciated!

5:06 PM  
Blogger Narayanan Venkitu said...

I like the massaging chairs which are at display in the big warehouse stores here. ( Costco).

You know the popularity of those...when you see the lines.!! I lineup as well and sit on these chairs.

I've also tried the slot machine type ones in some malls.

You said it was painful....My gut feeling is your back is tight.!
Yup..and when done,,its wonderful isn't it.!

Thanks for the details on Shiatsu.

I go for massages regularly, at the National Holistic Centre in Oakland. 35$ for 1 hour ( this is a school so its cheaper). Some days we get Shiatsu and on other days it will be Swedish.

I love it...If you haven't been for massages, Please try one..you'll love it.!! Its very good as well..as you've mentioned.!!

6:58 AM  
Blogger saranyan said...

go to Brookstone. you can find that in almost all the malls here. they have these chairs for display and demonstration. its FREE and you can have those massages for even 1 hr :) the after effect is really good :)

7:29 PM  
Blogger Me said...

have seen them in the mall but never knew we can try them.....

11:56 AM  
Blogger IBH said...

oh! we had been to brookstone in one of the malls here...they had this amazing massaging chair....and they gave a freedemo there in a free massage for almost half an hour! :)

they have come up with this new foot massager! oh! that was awesome..

but anyday I prefer the massage the one I got at my father in law's keeraleeyam resort! :) in Kerala

12:55 PM  
Blogger ioiio said...

Ellaam Velai Kedaichadhu me will try..

Until then Lab chair dhaan namakku

7:32 PM  
Blogger Ansh said...

AF,

really cool info...my mom tried one of those shiastu massage chairs and after she told me how it felt like...me did not dare to do it....!

12:05 PM  
Blogger tt_giant said...

i had an ayurvedic massage in kerala once. that was pretty rejuvenating.

Will try this one.

1:31 PM  
Blogger KARY said...

Good one! I have seen very similar one in Spencers (Chennai).

9:04 PM  
Blogger Ram.C said...

I had seen this here, in couple of malls.. Had good experience with it @ $1.... relaxing. Some people, may still prefer hand massage after sitting in it....

9:59 PM  
Blogger lakshmi said...

nice to know that massage is given at the malls for a cheaper amount compared to India where its expensive when you go the parlours.

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