What is shiatsu treatment and effect

Everything flows How Shiatsu releases blockages in the bodyWhat sounds like mumbo-jumbo can be proven tangibly. The positive effect of Shiatsu, especially in the case of pain. Stress symptoms have been repeatedly confirmed in various cases of illness.

A from the land of the rising sun comes probably the best known techniques of body and energy work: Shiatsu is a form of body therapy developed in Japan, which originated from the traditional Chinese massage Tuina.

Shiatsu literally means "finger prere," but the therapist also uses elbows, knees and feet in the body massage to apply targeted prere to specific "energy points". This activates the blocked life energy "Chi" – probably better known to us as "spirits of life.

In contrast to conventional massage, which focuses on stimulation and speeds up breathing, blood and lymph circulation, shiatsu massage is about deceleration: Heart rate and breathing rhythm should therefore become slower and deeper.

Chi congestion: Shiatsu releases energetic blockages

In essence, a Shiatsu massage aims at the solution of said energy blockands. According to ancient Far Eastern tradition, human beings do not consist solely of physical matter, such as muscles, bones or organs, but also to a large extent of invisible energy, the chi. The Chi is transported through the entire body via certain pathways, the so-called meridians. Now it can happen in stressful everyday life, by wrong movements or also by moving emotions and life situations that the meridians are blocked, the Chi thereby dams up and it comes to complaints of physical as well as mental nature.

This, by the way, is the special feature of Shiatsu: it is not purely physically oriented. The method is therefore not only used for physical symptoms, such as pain or tension, but also for mental symptoms, such as grief, depressive moods or burnout.

For whom is Shiatsu suitable?

Shiatsu is not only holistic in the way it is applied, but also in its target group. The Far East relaxation classic is generally speaking suitable for everyone – regardless of whether there are any complaints at all and if so, of what nature they are. Those who find themselves in a life crisis can also be treated with the Shiatsu find relaxation, like someone whose daily office routine causes him permanent headaches, stomach or neck pain. Shiatsu for relaxation is not covered by health insurance.

But be careful: as with any rule, there are a few exceptions to Shiatsu. For example, if you have an acute cold, a Shiatsu treatment may cause unnecessary strain and weakening of the circulation. In case of feverish infections a Shiatsu taboo applies in particular. The same can also apply if someone suffers from acute injuries of the skeletal or ligament system, z.B. suffers from a slipped disc. Although Shiatsu is basically a gentle form of therapy without extreme physical stress, if in doubt, consult a medical professional beforehand (e.g. a doctor or a physician).B. The patient should be consulted with the attending physician before entering the healing hands of the therapist. In any case and for everyone, it is important to discuss any complaints with the therapist himself before treatment. It is essential for him to know whether certain diseases or peculiarities are present.

Symptoms that can be treated with a Shiatsu therapy (accompanying)

How does a Shiatsu treatment work??

Afterwards one lies down on a soft mat on the floor. As a rule, one wears light, comfortable clothing. The therapist now begins to palpate the abdomen. All meridians gather in the abdomen. It is therefore an important indication center for the expert. Gentle prere is used to feel how the tie feels. Is it warm or in some places rather cold? Does one feel hardenings or perhaps rather a selective fatigue??

Based on the information obtained, the therapist then begins to work on the rest of the body. It is massaged, loosened and stimulated. The patient always remains passive. Even if the therapist performs specific gymnastic movements with his limbs, the patient should practice relaxation. At the end of the session, the patient rests for a few minutes.

Shiatsu in Switzerland: What does the health insurance pay for??

Shiatsu is a recognized method of complementary medicine in Switzerland and is increasingly being used alongside acupuncture and osteopathy. Several studies prove the effectiveness of Shiatsu in various cases of illness.

Shiatsu therapists can complete their training with a federally recognized higher professional examination and prove their qualifications. Members of the Shiatsu Society of Switzerland must also prove regular therapy trainings.

Shiatsu is not a recognized service of the compulsory health insurance. In fact, there are more and more health insurance companies, such as Helsana, which cover the costs with the appropriate insurance coverage and if there is a medical necessity. Those who are fans of complementary medicine benefit from supplementary insurance that covers alternative healing methods. So it is worth asking in any case.

And try a shiatsu treatment too. It feels infinitely good when everything is flowing again.

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