A massaging technique that dates back many centuries, shiatsu massage is also referred to as Zen shiatsu. It is thought that the Japanese developed this form of massage in order to heal physical, emotional, and psychological problems. It is somewhat similar to Chinese acupressure, but rather than needles, it involves the use of the fingers to manipulate the body's fascia by applying pressure using all aspects of the hands.
Unlike other forms of massage, this traditional style is accomplished over the clothes, so there is no need for the client to undress. The massage therapist uses his or her palms, fingers, and thumbs to manipulate the person's body. Targeted locations are used based upon a discussion with the individual prior to actually beginning the session. In this way, the healing process is directed to areas of trouble in order to encourage healing and recovery.
In addition to accessing specific pressure points, the masseuse incorporates a whole-body approach to the session. This involves stretching and rotating the body. The person who is getting the massage is also instructed to breathe in certain ways at different intervals. Squeezing and rubbing might also be involved during the session so that energy blockages are cleared and the optimal flow of energy returns.
by Shiatsu Massage Center of Honolulu