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....…]


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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