Remedial massage is the systematic assessment and treatment of the muscles, tendons, ligaments and connective tissues of the body and assists in rehabilitation from pain and injury. Structural imbalance and/or loss of function requires remediation to reduce or eliminate pain and restore that function. Remedial massage is designed to balance muscle/soft tissue length, tension, tone which in turn promotes the return to normal joint/capsular/bone position; increases the flow of blood and lymph, particularly in the injured areas removing blockages, damaged cells, scar tissue and adhesions resulting from injury.
Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy that has been formulated over the last 100 years from traditional Japanese therapeutic massage or Amma massage. Shiatsu literally means finger pressure describing the mechanism of the therapy whereby natural body weight (finger, thumbs, elbows, forearms, feet and knees) is used to apply pressure to special points on the body. As such Shiatsu is traditionally done on a special matt on the floor, however a massage table can be used if people have difficulty lying on the floor. Shiatsu massage is combined with stretches, joint rotations and joint manipulation to give an all-over treatment, intended to treat the person on a holistic level.
The aim of a Shiatsu Practitioner is to rebalance the flow of energy (Ki), along the meridians or channels. The surface touch uses points located on the skin known as Tsubo points to access the meridians. During a session the practitioner feels for excessive (Jitsu) or deficient (Kyo) energy (Ki) within the meridians and aims to regulate these as they control the movement in the body (blood, gas, air, water).
Shiatsu incorporates pressure, holding, rubbing, heating or stretching techniques which can be deep and firm, but which are applied with sensitivity.
Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress. Common conditions helped by Shiatsu include: back pain, headaches, whiplash and neck stiffness, joint pain and reduced mobility, menstrual problems, digestive problems, asthmatic symptoms, sports injuries, depression and stress. In some cases, patients responding to Shiatsu may also benefit from Acupuncture.