Therapeutic method originating in Japan

You’ve probably heard of this technique, but how does it work?

Of Japanese origin, the word Shiatsu has “shi” which means fingers and “atsu” which means the pressure that is performed during the massage, ie Shiatsu means pressure with the fingers.

In addition to the fingers, the practicing therapist uses his elbows, knees and hands to perform the technique on his patient, Shiatsu besides its extremely precise movements has a holistic view in which it believes that each of us has a vital energy that must flow in a way for the proper functioning of the human body.

In ancient Eastern medicine it was believed that people became ill when there was an imbalance of energy channels, ie factors such as stress, poor diet and sedentary lifestyle caused illness.

Starting from this idea massage promotes the health and well-being that is so necessary for the maintenance of human health, shiatsu is currently one of the most health promoting techniques in the world.

The holistic view of Thai Massage

The Thai Massage is an ancient healing therapy of Thai origin and aims to balance the internal energy that inhabits the human being and aims at the balance of muscle tone. It is undoubtedly the most complete technique in body work and the professional who masters this practice must observe the person in a holistic way ie body, mind and spirit.

This holistic view of Thai Massage allows the practitioner to get to the real cause of the patient’s problem and not just the patient’s symptoms. Massage is done with specific parts of the therapist’s body such as thumbs, feet and knees. The main movements performed during the massage are compression and deep stretching that make the patient more flexible and less stressed.

Thai Massage because of its holistic vision, allows the symptoms of stress and anxiety to be softened, its touches softened in specific points of the human body allows control of the energies, because of this, the technique has been increasingly sought by lovers of massotherapy, despite its fame related to sexuality, massage has as main purpose the total relaxation and well being of the patient.

The Roman Empire and the emergence of the term SPA

It is mistaken who believes that ancient Rome contributed only to the development of technologies and political governance, in addition to all its importance in these many factors, the italic civilization that can be considered until today the greater existing empire also contributed to the advance of well-being and health of mankind.

The ancient term “Spa” comes from the name of a small Belgian town that was part of the great Roman Empire, is located near the region now known as Liége in eastern Belgium. In this city were held the so-called “thermal massages”. These ancient hydromineral resorts used to be frequented by the Roman high society, as the thermal waters found in this region were known for their extremely healing and rejuvenating properties, so the term “Spa” soon gained the meaning of bringing health through the water.

However, the term Spa became popular in the late 20th century, meaning that it is a space where water or steam treatments are usually performed, which are usually complemented by massage or non-invasive medical treatments. Spas are now popular places for people seeking rest, relaxation and well-being.

The oldest technique of natural massage

Indian medicine is considered one of the most important and complex of all humanity and from it emerged the Ayurvedic massage that is considered the most complete and oldest technique of natural massage.

Ayurvedic massage is a powerful technique that faces the human being in its entirety, that is, it is not only the physical or mental part, but both. By mixing the methods of Ayurveda and Yoga it allows the balance between body mind and energy which makes people calmer and patient.

Admissions state that Ayurvedic massage reduces depressive symptoms, emotional blockages and realigns posture, which allows for prevention against respiratory diseases.

About eighty per cent of the population of India lives in villages where this ancient practice still lives on, since practice helps in rejuvenation. In rural areas, this massage is considered routine and Indian pros has already become something familiar. In the more urban areas, due to the demanding rhythm of the cities, this tradition still exists, but of less intense form.