Shiatsu: get to know its benefits
Shiatsu or acupressure (a mixture of “acupuncture” and “pressure”) is a technique derived from acupuncture – a therapeutic modality that uses needles, moxa, suction cups and other instruments to release chemicals. In shiatsu, used for thousands of years in China, physical pressure is applied with fingers or with devices at specific points of acupuncture to promote the treatment of pathologies, relaxation, and well-being.
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Shiatsu: how does it work?
Acupuncture and acupressure use the same points and meridians. Thus, acupressure is simply the stimulus of acupuncture, but without the need for needle insertion.
The expert performs Shiatsu massage and with essential oils while the patient lies down. They begin by doing the massage at the body area to be treated, exerting pressure at specific points in that area, in order to promote the relief of muscle tension and relaxation.
The applications of acupressure can provide relief from pains, helping to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation and relaxation. By relieving stress, acupressure can help promote relaxation and well-being.
5 points of shiatsu to relieve headaches
There are many points that exist in the human body where one can apply the Shiatsu massage to improve some symptoms or treat some health issues, be it physical or psychological. The human body has 12 meridians, which are the main points of the organism; each one is responsible for a primary organ.
These meridians also have other points that are distributed throughout the body. In addition to the 12 main meridians, there are still 2 more meridians, responsible for distributing the energy to the other 12. Thus, we have 14 meridians in total followed by several ready ones that are linked to them.
Ying xiang Point
They are situated on both sides of the nostrils in a line with the eyes. Its effectiveness is impressive to relieve toothaches and headaches as well.
Kun Lun Point
You can find this point in the meridian of the bladder; it activates the lymphatic system, thus inducing the diuresis and a better renal functioning. It lies behind the ankle bones, in a straight line. Along with increased diuresis and consequent reduction of leg pains, massage at this point will relieve back pain.
Yong Quan point
We know this point also as R1 (first point of the kidney meridian) and is located on the soles of the feet, between the 2nd and 3rd fingers, 2 fingers towards the center of the sole of the foot. Massage with the intention of toning the point, and the meridian, whenever you feel stressed or anxious.
Point C7 from the meridian of the heart
It is excellent for diluting anxiety, distress and nervous breakdown (can be applied up to when the person is in violent and uncontrolled crisis ). This is one of the emergency points that experts use in case of a general collapse of the body (exhaustion, fainting, and other similar situations) because through its massage we can encourage the heart muscle to react, appease your movements, and balance your functions.
Zu San Li Point
It helps alleviate gastrointestinal problems, nausea, vomiting, poor digestion or stomach pain. This point also activates the functions of the immune system, serves to prevent virus contagion and keeps the defenses always high.
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