There may be widespread ground between Shiatsu and Western therapeutic massage. Each methods are fantastic methods of relieving stress and selling well being and so they deal with the physique of the individual to be handled.

Additional, neither system makes use of any refined digital or mechanical equipment within the analysis or implementation of therapy. The third widespread ground is that each Shiatsu and therapeutic massage are labeled in a lot of the Western World to stay outdoors the bastion of Western medication, which is predicated on present Western mainstream scientific custom. Outdoors Japan each Shiatsu and Western therapeutic massage share the outfields of non-traditional therapy or various medicine with Healing, Reiki, Hypnosis or Crystal Healing.

Shiatsu practitioners are inclined to distance themselves from the bandwagon of different therapy approaches like Reiki or faith healing by demonstrating their utilization of anatomy, physiology and pathology in the identical vein as Western medicine. This might be one of many explanations for the nice reputation of Shiatsu within the West because it bridges the West and the East.

Once we discover the variations between Shiatsu and Western therapeutic massage, we discover 4 most important variations.

      • Approach used and substances in therapy.
      • The historic evolution of the therapies.
      • The character of derivative methods which have emerged.
      • The philosophy behind the method and the essence, which each practitioner makes an attempt to capture.

Body massage could be one of many oldest types of medical care recognized to man. Although we might not know what the traditional Egyptian practitioners truly believed in, Egyptian tomb work present individuals being massaged. A Chinese book from 2,700 B.C. recommends therapeutic massage of pores and skin and flesh as the suitable therapy for a lot of illnesses.

Ayurveda, the 5000-year previous conventional Indian system of medication, enormously stresses the therapeutic advantages of therapeutic massage with aromatic oils and spices. Writing within the eighth century BC, Homer of Greece mentions therapeutic massage getting used generally additionally for Olympic athletes in the identical method as it’s used right now.

The Historical past and Evolution of Shiatsu

Although the earliest trendy reference to the time period Shiatsu in a publication could be the 1915 Japanese book, Shiatsu Ryöhö written by Tenpaku Tamai, Tokujiro Namikoshi’s (1905-2000) followers contemplate him to be the founding father of Shiatsu. His method was solely completely different from the Chinese or Qi-based therapies.

Namikoshi at age seven in 1912 independently developed a way of pressing along with his thumbs and palms as he tried to nurse his mother who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Namikoshi’s affect on Shiatsu may be in comparison with the function of Picasso in artwork as a result of he not solely created an vital style, but additionally grew to become an inspiration for a lot of different creators of derivative therapies.

Tokujiro Namikoshi opened his first clinic for Shiatsu Therapy in 1925 in Hokkaido utilizing the system that he perfected. Along with founding in 1940 the primary faculty of Shiatsu Therapy in Tokyo (Now generally known as the Japan Shiatsu College), Namikoshi was concerned with the authorized recognition of Shiatsu in Japan, which can account for his emphasis on Western medical theories.

Namikoshi achieved fame and efficiently handled many high-ranking individuals akin to the previous Japanese Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida. As his fame unfold overseas celebrities like Marilyn Monroe and Muhammad Ali sought his therapy. Presently in Japan, Namikoshi’s system enjoys particular authorized standing.

Ranging from 1947, after an eight-year medical investigation interval to establish which of 300 remedies might be legalised, the Ministry of Well being of Japan acknowledged Shiatsu Remedy, because it proved efficient. Shiatsu was positioned in the identical class with Anma and Western Therapeutic massage in 1955.

In 1964 Shiatsu was acknowledged as a separate remedy by itself in Japan. Everybody practising Shiatsu in Japan ought to get hold of a licence from the Ministry of Health and Welfare. Licensing additionally requires that Shiatsu practitioners examine a 2,500-hour instructional program of Shiatsu remedy lasting about three years within the universities or faculties licensed by the Ministry of Well being and Welfare and cross the nationwide examination.

Approach used and substances in therapy

The second distinction between Shiatsu and Western therapeutic massage is in method and in the usage of substances like oils and spices. Shiatsu method depends on finger and palm stress, whereas western therapeutic massage makes use of a rubbing movement. Since shiatsu doesn’t contain rubbing, no oil or lotion is ever used throughout a therapy.

Philosophy of Western Therapeutic massage and Shiatsu

The third and most important distinction comes from the philosophy behind Western Therapeutic massage and Shiatsu.

The principal distinction between Shiatsu and different trendy Western types of bodywork, e.g., Swedish massage, is that Shiatsu is a type of holistic therapeutic whereas trendy Western massage is predicated on typical Western views of wellness and therapeutic. Western massage often considers the human physique the area of the masseur whereas the thoughts is the area of psychology and psychiatry. Adapting a holistic method, Shiatsu regulates the nervous system and promotes pure therapeutic by stimulating chemical responses within the body.

Western therapeutic massage is predicated on the concept muscle rigidity and improper alignment might trigger or worsen bodily, psychological and inner imbalances. Therapeutic massage methods try to cut back rigidity throughout the physique to facilitate the free move of blood and vitality. This in flip makes the key methods of the physique (immune, circulatory, nervous, and so on.) to be higher capable of naturally heal illness and promote well being and well-being.

In Shiatsu, there are 838 fundamental shiatsu stress factors, or Atten in Japanese, situated on the muscle tissue, nerves, blood vessels, lymph vessels, bones and endocrine glands. Relying on the situation of the physique, the therapist applies correct kinds of stress. The tighter the muscle tissue are, the lighter the stress. Because the muscle tissue loosen up, the stress turns into deeper however is at all times agency and regular.

This triggers the discharge of hormones and body chemical substances essential to heal, to assuage and to make you thoughts and physique carry out optimally. This methodology of triggering the personal healing system of the physique doesn’t produce negative effects or toxins and is thus a very wholesome method of getting reduction from illnesses.

Looked at casually from far Shiatsu whole-body charts may be confused with Qi or meridian charts utilized in Chinese medicine. However Namikoshi Shiatsu practitioners are fast to level out that Namikoshi’s model of Shiatsu locations emphasis solely on areas primarily based on anatomy and physiology somewhat than on vitality channels/pathways/meridians. Shiatsu works the entire physique (together with doing stretches).

By-product remedies

The final space of distinction between Shiatsu and Western therapeutic massage is that of derivatives. Derivative Shiatsu often refers back to the different present kinds of Shiatsu, which have advanced after Namikoshi Shiatsu, akin to Meridian Shiatsu, Zen Shiatsu, Tao Shiatsu, Tsubo Shiatsu, Ohashiatsu and Quantum Shiatsu. None of those spinoff kinds are recognised by the Japanese Ministry of Health and Welfare.

Inside Western therapeutic massage there are a lot of kinds and methods, which deal with explicit areas of the body (e.g., deep tissue therapeutic massage, tendo-muscular massage, scalp massage, and so on.). Nevertheless, Western Therapeutic massage may be broadly grouped into three camps, sports activities therapeutic massage, well-being therapeutic massage and erotic therapeutic massage.

Sports activities therapeutic massage goals to get the athlete in match form and guarantee superior efficiency. Making a sure kind of atmosphere with candles, colors, incense or music is essential to well-being and erotic therapeutic massage however almost completely absent in sports activities therapeutic massage. The camp of well-being therapeutic massage shows the widest divergence in several types of spinoff types like aromatherapy, reflexology or deep tissue therapeutic massage.

Sensuous massage or erotic massage has been a spinoff of conventional therapeutic massage for hundreds of years in all components of the world however thus far there isn’t a sensuous or erotic Shiatsu remedy.

Shiatsu and Western therapeutic massage do have widespread floor however differ a lot in principle, philosophy and follow. Nevertheless, regardless of the variations, the intention of each methods is identical – a balanced, wholesome and comfortable particular person.