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Research News: Shiatsu and Insomnia

21 Oct 2015

Insomnia, sleep disturbance, and other sleep problems afflict many people today, and a recent study on the effects of shiatsu may indicate that if you're having trouble falling and staying asleep, you may hold the answer right in your own hands. Hand Shiatsu May Help With Sleep Problems Researchers at the University of Alberta studying the effects of shiatsu on chronic pain engaged in a pilot study where they followed 9 individuals suffering from chronic pain issues such as lower back pain.  For many people living with chronic pain, sleep is often illusive, which compounds the effects of the problem.  ...

Shiatsu and Cancer

14 Oct 2015

Some recent studies have shown that oncology massage - or therapeutic massage for cancer patients - can be beneficial.  In fact, some oncology treatment centers are now including massage therapy in their patient care protocols. Anecdotal evidence and the experience of shiatsu practitioners indicates that shiatsu may offer similar benefits, but as yet there is not much research to document this. Shiatsu, bodywork technique originating in Japan, is becoming increasingly popular in the U.S.  Shiatsu makes use of pressure points in the body to unblock, balance, and stimulate flow of the body's own natural energy force, or qi ('chee').  It ...

Shiatsu vs. Massage – What’s the Difference?

09 Oct 2015

At our Minneapolis bodywork school we offer training in both massage and shiatsu therapy.  While there are similarities, these two categories of bodywork are in fact very different.  Some differences are a little complicated to explain, while others are very simple.  In this post we'll discuss the easy ones. The Simple Distinctions Between Shiatsu and Massage Therapy The first difference is the amount of clothing.  Except for chair and head massage where the client is fully clothed, most therapeutic massages are performed on an individual who is either partially or completely undressed.  For a shiatsu therapy session, you wear loose, ...

Can’t Sleep? Self Hand Shiatsu Shown to Be A Promising Help

08 Dec 2014

Countless thousands are afflicted night after night with difficulty sleeping, problems staying asleep, or simply not getting enough good quality sleep.  Sometimes it's due to chronic pain, or the reverse can be the case - sleep deprivation can increase chronic pain.  And those who suffer from sleep problems have an elevated level of stress, which further complicates things.  Prescription and over-the-counter sleep aids proliferate, as well as plenty of other natural (or not so natural) remedies.  But recent research by the University of Alberta shows that those suffering from insomnia and other sleep difficulties could hold the key to a ...

Can’t Sleep? Self-Shiatsu Can Help

06 Oct 2014

Tossing and turning, having trouble falling asleep?  Or do you find yourself waking up frequently?  A good, solid night's sleep is important for health and overall well-being, but sleep problems afflict many.  Even if you don't usually have trouble snoozing, it may happen to any of us from time to time.  So what do you do?Often those who have chronic sleep problems result to prescription drugs or over-the-counter pharmaceuticals, but these have their own associated problems.  The old counting-sheep remedy usually doesn't work, so we've got a better idea: self-shiatsu.  A recent study by researchers at the University of Alberta provides ...

More on Shiatsu: Its Beneficial Impact on High Blood Pressure

15 Nov 2013

In a previous post, we discussed massage therapy’s capacity to alleviate some of the health concerns associated with High Blood Pressure. Now let’s address some of the benefits of Shiatsu massage on the same condition.First, an overview of Shiatsu massage. This is a type of Japanese massage based on Traditional Chinese Medicine that is often utilized to help resolve common physical and psychological ailments by applying pressure from the fingers. This particular type of massage therapy is used to alleviate pain, help relieve symptoms of depression, stress and anxiety, and also reduce blood pressure levels.High Blood Pressure (hypertension) is a ...

Be Prepared to Answer Client Questions About Shiatsu

03 May 2013

If you promote shiatsu therapy as one of your massage techniques, sooner or later you're going to have a prospective client who has questions.  While most Americans are familiar at least with the basics regarding traditional Western-style massage, shiatsu may be new to many.  Here are some of the most frequently asked questions, as well as information you canuse to help educate your clients. Is shiatsu only for treating an illness?  No.  While there are indications that shiatsu may help in recovering from many medical conditions, you'll enjoy the relaxing benefits of shiatsu regardless of the state of your health.  A ...

The Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

21 Oct 2012

Shiatsu is a form of massage that originated in Japan and traditional Chinese medicine, and has been widely practiced around the world since the 1970s. Shiatsu means “finger pressure,” which describes the technique. In shiatsu therapy, pressure with thumbs, hands, elbows, knees or feet is applied to pressure points on the body. This form of massage also focuses on rotating and stretching limbs, joints, and pressure points, or meridians, as they’re called in traditional Chinese medicine. Eastern medicine has a completely different perspective on health, the body and what is needed for healing. The West approaches illnesses and disease as ...

Benefits of Swedish Massage Therapy Effect Hormones and the Immune Function

24 Sep 2012

Massages actually do provide benefits that are more skin deep; they go beyond just relaxing your muscles. The researchers in this study of 53 healthy adults found massage therapy can offer biological changes in the body. The study was conducted at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. They randomly assigned the participants into two groups. One group enjoyed a 45 deep-tissue Swedish massage and the other group of 24 participants only got a light massage session. Both groups had blood samples drawn by intravenous catheters immediately after the massage and than one hour later.The group with the Swedish massages experienced decreases ...

The Argument for Massage Continuing Education

30 May 2012

An opportunity to improve your career and yourself is a great argument if you need one to help you make the decision to gain some continued education. The U. S. population is getting older and facing an increased incidence in medical conditions that can benefit from specialized massage therapy and therapeutic bodywork. Getting that training can put you in the enviable position of being the massage professional who has all the requisite skills to work with the aging population and still take care of your other clients.Benefits of taking continued education include:Expanding your therapy offeringsGetting more clientsServing clients betterMaking more moneyIncreasing ...