Ryo Shitamichi

Reflexology and Anxiety

by Ryo Shitamichi on May 5, 2016 · 0 comments

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Feeling down, anxious, depressed?  Lacking confidence in yourself and drive to get through your days?

Have you had a reflexology treatment before?

Reflexology is the application of acupressure or manipulation of the feet, hands or face to increase health benefits.

Certain parts of your foot are believed to correspond to the parts of the body. You may have seen a “Reflexology chart” showing this somewhere like a massage clinic. Applying pressure to a particular part of the foot will send a signal to the corresponding body part and is believed to improve the health of that body part.  Some people refer to it simply as a “foot massage” but reflexology is believed to provide more health benefits than an ordinary foot massage.

Does reflexology help with anxiety?

Many of my clients have stated that it has definitely assisted them to feel more relaxed following the treatment. They tell me that they feel a lot calmer than before the treatment and the benefits can be far deeper than just a feeling of wellbeing. [read more....…]

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The Benefits of Sports Massage

by Ryo Shitamichi on March 9, 2015 · 0 comments

Many professional and Olympic athletes include Sports Massage in their training programme to keep their performance level high. It helps strengthen and tone your muscles and get you ready to perform at your best. It also reduces the risk of injury. On their website, the Australian Sports Commission recommends Sports Massage as a physiological and psychological strategy for recovery.

However, Sports Massage is not just for top athletes but also for amateur athletes, those who do physical work and even people who take their dog out for a walk. [read more....…]

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The Benefits of Shiatsu Massage

by Ryo Shitamichi on February 9, 2015 · 0 comments

Until I came to Australia, ‘massage’ meant ‘Shiatsu’ to me. In Japan, the majority of massage done is Shiatsu.

Shiatsu is a Japanese style massage, which means “finger pressure”. The Shiatsu therapists apply pressure using not only fingers and thumbs, but also the palm of the hand and elbows. Some even use their knees and feet. Pressure is applied in a continuous rhythmic sequence following meridian lines (energy lines) as used in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Shiatsu is mainly used for reducing muscle stiffness and works well with many chronic conditions. There are several research papers on the effects of Shiatsu. The Shiatsu Society UK has published a few of these papers on their website. In general, Shiatsu works on:

  • Lower back ache
  • Sciatica
  • Digestive disorders
  • Stress
  • Tight shoulders
  • Arthritis pain
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Joint pain
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

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Relaxation Massage at Vibe Natural Health Brisbane

These days it seems that no pleasure is complete without a side of guilt.

The biggest misconception about Relaxation Massage Therapy is that it is a luxury. How many of you only pamper yourselves to a massage on a special occasion or when you’ve hit the wall are are in acute pain?

Massage Therapy may seem a little self-indulgent; after all you are serenading yourself into the warm healing touch of your therapist and drifting far away from daily stresses into pure relaxation and harmony. But Massage Therapy is not only a blissful experience; it is just an added bonus. Massage has been proven to have many health benefits and should be an absolute priority in achieving optimal health and well being for the body, mind and spirit.

There’s a great article on CNN’s health.com  which explains this very well. Many of us with our busy lives today fulfil obligations to everyone else except our selves. We have so much to do for work, for family, for friends, often ourselves come a distant last. For long term physical and mental wellbeing, time out or “me time” is more important than ever. For some this is turning off the mobile phone, getting away from the computer or having a massage. Me time has many benefits, and should be scheduled into a busy lifestyle to balance out the noise and stress. [read more....…]

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A question I frequently get asked in clinic is, “how can I become more flexible?” Often this question comes from patients and people like myself who have never been flexible and who find it difficult to stretch or gain any range from stretching.

Luckily there some advanced stretching techniques widely practiced amongst Occupational Therapists, Physios and Musculoskeletal Therapists, which I’ll share with you today. These techniques make stretching easier because it ‘tricks’ the  sensors in our muscles allowing them to relax and stretch further.
This stretching technique is called Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF.) Now the word is a mouthful, but when you know a key few steps, the technique is relatively simple and easy to apply.

PNF involves passively stretching a muscle group, then contracting the muscle against resistance while in the stretched position, then passively stretching again which increases the range of motion and helps you to stretch further, increasing flexibility.

How to practice PNF techniques:
Taking the target muscle to a comfortable stretch, holding for 20-30 seconds, contracting that muscle for 15 seconds, and then relax and bring the muscle further to the next comfortable stretch. Usually 3-5 times or until you hit end range.

Here is an example applied to hamstrings:

Brisbane Remedial Massage Hamstring Stretches [read more....…]

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