Benefits of Massage:
Circulation improvement occurs as nutrients, oxygen, and arterial blood components are delivered to the local area being manipulated or distributed to the general circulation. The benefit of circulatory improvement is the secondary effect of improved filtration and elimination of carbon dioxide, metabolites, and biochemical byproducts that are transported in the venous blood. Improved circulation, with its ability to affect elimination, generally enhances the abilities of the structures to benefit and support normal function. When nutrition is improved and elimination enhanced, the structures of localized areas, tissues, and systems are given the opportunity to maximize the potential for normal function.
Massage manipulations directly benefit restrictions to muscle tissue function. Mechanical benefits and reflex responses combine to help the muscular soft tissues respond through circulation improvement and elimination of byproducts.
Types of Massage:
Shiatsu (finger pressure): Shiatsu is a form of acupressure applied with finger pressure, palms, and forearms incorporating stretches and ROM along specific meridians (energy pathways) to achieve balance throughout the body. Session can be ˝ or hour sessions, client is clothed, and lying on a mat on the floor.
An assessment is done prior to each session to determine the course of treatment.
Eastern medicine including the disciplines of acupuncture and shiatsu is dedicated to maintaining the balanced flow of Qi throughout the body and to reestablishing that balance whenever it is thrown askew.
In eastern philosophy, the unobstructed, balanced flow of Qi along the meridians is both the cause and the effect of good health.
Examined energetically the body appears to function as the result of a dynamic life force (Qi) that serves as the common link among all the body’s tissues and organs.
Qi ties together all bodily structures and functions so that they operate as a single entity.