Unlocking Relaxation and Healing: The Remarkable Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

Unlocking Relaxation and Healing: The Remarkable Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

In today's fast-paced and stressful world, finding moments of peace and relaxation is becoming increasingly challenging. Amidst hectic schedules and mounting pressures, it's essential to prioritize self-care and well-being. One such method that has gained popularity for its ability to alleviate stress and promote holistic healing is Shiatsu massage. Rooted in ancient Japanese tradition, this therapeutic practice offers an array of benefits that cater to both the body and mind. In this blog post, we will delve into the remarkable advantages of Shiatsu massage and why it has become a favored choice for relaxation and healing.

What is Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu, which translates to "finger pressure" in Japanese, is a form of massage therapy that originated in Japan. It is based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, channeling the body's vital energy, or "qi," through...

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By: Leah Quinn

Massage therapy is one of the oldest health care practices known. References to massage are found in Chinese medical texts dating back more than 4,000 years. Massage therapy has a number of documented clinical benefits such as reducing symptoms associated with

  • allergies
  • anxiety, depression and stress
  • arthritis
  • asthma and bronchitis
  • carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive motion injuries
  • chronic and temporary pain
  • circulatory problems
  • digestive disorders
  • tension headaches
  • insomnia
  • temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ)

No pain, No gain….a vicious rumor!

While problem areas can be tender during a massage the discomfort should not be unbearable. Using too much pressure may cause the body to tense up, while using too little may not have enough effect.  Varying levels of pressure allow the massage therapist to receive useful information via his or her hands, such as locating areas of muscle tension and other soft tissue problems. In practice, many...

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What is a Trigger Point?

What are these knots in my back and neck?? Are these normal? How do I get rid of them? This is a very popular question that we get asked here in the office at North Shore Pro-Active Health. Before we answer the question above let us talk about how muscle fibers work. Within skeletal muscle there are three types of fiber. Type one (I), type two A (IIa) and type two B (IIb). Each fiber types has different qualities in the way they perform and how quickly they fatigue.

Types of Trigger Points

Type I fibers are also known as slow twitch fibers. They are red in color due to the presence of large volumes of myoglobin (iron-oxygen binding protein) and high numbers of Mitochondria (power house of the cell). They are very resistant to fatigue and are capable of producing repeated low-level contractions by producing large amounts of ATP (Adenosine triphosphate) through an aerobic metabolic cycle. The muscles containing mainly type I fibers are often postural muscles such as...

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