Fibs and Fallacies About Shiatsu Massage

Fibs and Fallacies About Shiatsu Massage

Developed in Japan, the term Shiatsu means “finger pressure.” The Shiatsu massage is another type of massage system that involves palm and finger pressure, various massage techniques and stretches.  People who practice shiatsu deem that a human’s body has an unsubstantiated nature of vital energy identified as Qi.  This supposed Qi is said to circulate through the whole body and if it is not hindered, it’s going to reduce the body’s healing capabilities. Shiatsu practitioners claim that their physical manipulations will help in preventing Qi from flowing freely throughout the body.

Due to the popularity of the Shiatsu massage, it also caused a lot of people to make misconceptions about it.  These misconceptions are not only ridiculous, but baseless as well.  This article will go through these myths and correct them.

  1. Fallacy #1: A lot of people avoid Shiatsu massage because it’s painful.


It highly depends upon the client’s preferences.  Shiatsu therapists can adjust how they apply pressure to the client’s body. They can do it lightly or forcefully. The patient or client only needs to inform the therapist of her or his pain threshold so the latter can adjust accordingly.


  1. Fallacy #2: Manufactured or commercial Shiatsu Massage chairs can produce the same results as that of shiatsu.

This is another misconception that is probably the product of false advertisement.  Even though massage chairs are highly comfy, it should not be compared to the real shiatsu. Shiatsu Massage chairs have plenty of limitations.  For one, the said massage chair cannot pinpoint the body apexes and spots that are important to shiatsu therapy. Second, the shiatsu technique is concentrated to applying pressure instead of kneading and rubbing.  Unfortunately, shiatsu chairs do not have the ability to apply pressure to the body.

  1. Fallacy #3: Shiatsu is only beneficial to people who are suffering from sore muscles and stiff joints.

Wrong. Individuals who are experiencing any discomfort caused by stress can indulge themselves by getting the said message. And remember, even people who are not undergoing body pains can still get one. Do you remember the saying that prevention is better than cure? So do not wait for the pain to set in, just head to your nearest shiatsu spa and reserve a session.


  1. Fallacy #4: An aspiring massage therapist can immediately learn the massage system just by attending a weekend seminar.


As with any other massage systems, shiatsu requires extensive practice and literally hundreds of training hours.  The purpose of a weekend seminar is only to enhance the therapist’s knowledge.  It’s not meant to teach the basics of shiatsu.  So just to be safe, you have to check the background information of your therapist. Ask him or her for any certifications, awards and other recognitions.


  1. Fallacy #5: Shiatsu is not good for pregnant women who are in their first trimester of pregnancy.


Unless experiencing a high risk pregnancy, shiatsu is perfectly alright for pregnant women.  A therapist who has an impressive history of doing shiatsu claimed that a lot of pregnant women hired him to relieve their stress, urges of nausea and fatigue.  He also added that after every shiatsu session, his patients noticed a significant change in their conditions. No more discomforts, no more vomit episodes, and no more back and calf pains.

And the most important thing is that pregnant women will find time for themselves and to reflect on their pregnancy.


  1. Fallacy #6: Shiatsu can aggravate the condition of those people with lymphedema

This is another false claim. As a matter of fact, patients suffering from lymphedema can ease their uncomfortable condition by undergoing a combination of lymph drainage and shiatsu.


  1. Fallacy #7: Shiatsu is dangerous for patients who were diagnosed with cancer


To be honest, Shiatsu is very helpful when it comes to calming the nervous system. Usually, cancer patients suffer from bouts of panic attacks mainly because of the mere thought that they have cancer.


Cancer patients, however, should steer clear of deep tissue massage because it might inflame areas where there’s a tumor growth.


  1. Fallacy #8: Shiatsu massage can exacerbate the risk of metastasis (spreading cancer throughout the whole body)

Although shiatsu enhances the blood circulation inside the body, no studies have been conducted to prove that shiatsu can cause metastasis. As a matter of fact, shiatsu can help regulate the release of the oxytocin hormone which in turn helps the fortification of the immune system.  Shiatsu does not only aid in hastening the healing process, but it also controls the discharge of toxins in the body.


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