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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Shiatsu pressure points

Regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives.
Shiatsu is a Japanese word. It means ‘finger pressure’. A Shiatsu treatment does however incorporate the use not only of finger pressure, but also thumbs, palms, knees, forearms, elbows and feet. Pressure is applied to the areas of energy lines (meridians) to promote good health by 'stimulating the body's energy flow (Ki)'.

Shiatsu can also assist an individual with their self development and self healing; balancing the underlying causes of a condition; taking into account the functioning of the physical and psychological; promoting health and strengthening the body’s own healing abilities.

1.Relieve insomnia by massaging the face. Press the thumb between the eyes at the arch of the nose. Hold the thumb steady for several seconds and release. Repeat several times. This will ease tension in the face and allow relaxation to come more freely. 

2. Escape from anxiety is something everyone desires but rarely achieves. To reduce anxiety, use the knuckles to mildly tap across the top of the head. Don't be forceful and be sure to keep a steady rhythm. This technique is also said to bring courage.

3. Regulating metabolism doesn't have to be left to diet and excercise alone. Try placing your index finger below the nose at a right angle. Rub side to side and repeat twelve times. Not only does this method stimulate metabolism, it is thought to increase confidence as well.

4. Pressure and stiffness in the back can be caused by sitting at a desk too long. Gain strength and energy by standing up and placing hands on the waist. With thumbs pointing upwards on the back, steadily apply pressure in an up and down motion on either side of the spine.


5. Get the energy flowing by separating the toes with one hand, then squeezing each toe between the thumb and index finger. This allows energy to flow from the feet all the way to the chest.

6. Give yourself a foot massage while stretching the quads and aligning the spine. Kneel all the way down resting on the feet. Press the thumbs into the soles of the feet to massage the arches and balls of the feet. This helps with relaxation and improves balance.

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