How to practice simply shiatsu massage therapy, this oriental medicine to cure its small evils? Michel Odoul, an author of “Shiatsu Fundamental” (editor Albin Michel) and founder of the French Shiatsu Institute, tells you all about self-shiatsu.
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SHIATSU MASSAGE THERAPY, WHAT IS IT?
In Japanese, the word means “finger pressure”. The second official medicine in Japan, this manual therapy is often presented as oriental osteopathy.
It’s a goal? To restore a good circulation of the vital energies in the body thanks to the massage of strategic points. It helps to reduce stress, increase energy or stimulate immune defenses. If “therapeutic” shiatsu is practiced by specialists who have been trained for several years, shiatsu “comfort” can be used in self-massage to boost its concentration, stop a headache or go into sleep.
HOW TO MASSAGE THE POINTS?
With enough pressure – as if you are pushing a thumbtack – and clockwise rotation (unless otherwise indicated). For thirty seconds and three times in a row. Start with the right side.
YOU NEED TO FOCUS
Place your hand flat on the shin, under the knee. The point you need to massage is under your little finger, in the hollow along the shin. If you do not abuse it, this technique gives a boost.
YOU ARE STRESSED, ANXIOUS
You will find the point of letting go by sticking your thumb against your index finger. A hump is formed hand side. Press the top of the bump with your left thumb. Repeat this exercise with the other hand. You can also use this point to regulate your intestinal transit.
YOU CAN NOT FIND SLEEP
To slow down the flow of thoughts that circle in your head, massage the point on the highest part of the back of your head. Turn this time counterclockwise (otherwise, the effect is toning).
YOU START HAVING A HEADACHE
Massage at the same time the two points which are in the hollows of the top of the temples, at the point of the eyebrows.
YOU FEEL A GENERAL TIREDNESS
Massage the point under your foot into the hollow between the big toe pad and the pad of the other toes. In case of big fatigue, massage this point morning and evening for a week.
YOU HAVE A HANGOVER OR ARE NAUSEOUS
Massage at the same time with your hands the two points located at the level of the first cervical vertebrae, at the birth of your skull. This massage releases the overloaded digestive system.
WHERE TO FIND A SPECIALIST?
A serious practitioner must have received extensive training (five years at the French Institute of Shiatsu) and be covered by the insurance professionals. Vous find a national list of shiatsu-institut.fr and also www.ffst.fr.