I had a shiatsu treatment for my neck injury. If you have read the blog on comparing natural health therapies you know that Shiatsu is a part of Traditional Chinese Medicine http://earthelixir.ca/2011/10/25/natural-health-therapies/
Shiatsu is acupressure without the needles of acupuncture, but follows the same meridian energy pathways, only uses the hands instead. The meridians are really one long energy highway that move through the twelve organ systems and it has been proven they physically exist. Radioactive isotopes have been injected in acupuncture points that show threadlike tubules 0.5-1.5 microns in diameter and matched ancient meridian maps. These meridian transmissions of light have also shown up in infrared photography as hot spots that are the acupuncture points on the meridians.
There are two other meridians that zip up the centre line of the body front and back and open more out to the environment more than the deep running meridians through muscle and organ groups. The organ/ meridian systems are paired in the Philosophy of the Chinese Five Elements to show the dynamic connected relationships in the body.
The meridian system is like an “energy bloodstream” and the pressure points or “hot spots” are tiny reservoirs of electromagnetic energy. We are electromagnetic energy, for instance the heart system runs on an electric current system and the body is magnetic like the magnetic properties shown in animals to help navigate, migrate and connect with the earth.
These electromagnetic points are stimulated with hands, fingers, elbows or needles to release and balance the flow of energy while giving the immune system a boost. The immune reaction induces self healing mechanisms while relieving congestion and blocks that cause pain.
To balance your meridians you can learn to trace your own meridians and hold, tap and massage pressure points or get an acupuncture or acupressure shiatsu massage to help heal any ailment.
I have tried a lot of different massage therapies after my car accidents but I have found shiatsu the most pain relieving. Skeptics are entitled to their opinion after they have tried it for themselves. Shiatsu is an ancient massage therapy that has a lot of empirical and documented evidence. Massage therapies have been proven to give benefits to many ailments I can’t see why acupressure would be considered any different.
Having been trained as an aromatherapy masseuse myself I can attest to the wonderful techniques of shiatsu, but I also enjoy learning various other massage techniques from around the world. I find all massage techniques really beneficial along with the healing power of touch. If some people find touch weird or not healing than that is their opinion, but remain open to it and you never know what you will find. While other massages are mostly skin contact shiatsu is done through a sheet or in comfortable fitting clothes if you prefer not to have skin on skin contact. The choice is ultimately up to you all I can do is give you my experience and research on it and I wish you much healing on your journey.
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