Shiatsu – Japan’s Acupressure Training Massage


Learning Acupressure is more like learning the acupressure points that can fix different health issues.

We have a course under SSG call – WSQ Provide Trigger Point Therapy 50hours course that covers the acupressure points.

What is Acupressure?

It is an ancient form of physical therapy. Over 5000 years ago, the Chinese discovered certain points on the body which when pressed or heated had beneficial effects on certain ailments and influenced the functioning of internal organs.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, methods range from the most natural to the most intrusive. The most down to earth natural healing methods such as breathing exercises, dietary therapy, acupressure and herbology were used as a people’s form of hands-on, organic healing.

Using the sensitivity of the human hand, the power of touch, acupressure continues to be more effective in relieving tension related ailments in self-treatments and in preventive health care.

In natural therapy or holistic therapy followers, we generally believe that ailments are a result of too many stress challenging the body’s balancing systems beyond their limits. The resulting tension and internal stress inhibit the body’s natural ability to cope effectively with the disrupting condition. In order to rela muscular tension and balance the vital forces of the body, acupressure uses a system of points, which tend to collect muscular tension, and meridians, the pathways along, which healing energy flows from point to point.

How does Tension Affect the Body Functioning Properly?

From acupressure point of view, it stagnates the bodily flows: the nerves, the meridians, lymphatic ducts and blood vessel.

Lack of exercise, poor diet, alcohol and drugs all contribute significantly to this stagnation.

Emotional repression, neurotic habits, and common stresses of day to day living, cause blockages within the body.

There are 2 more common types of acupressure approaches. It is unique in touch and interaction.

JIN SHIN – SHIATSU (Finger Pressure)

This well known method uses firm rhythmic pressure on the points for 3 to 10 seconds (Namakoshi style) and sequences to awaken the meridians.

Generally, Acupressure is effective for the following ailments:

  • Arthritis
  • Backaches
  • Cold and flu
  • Headaches
  • Indigestion
  • Insomnia
  • Knee pain
  • Neck tension and pain
  • Asthma and breathing relief
  • Upper and lower body pain

Some Tips on the Steps & Sequences (3 Sets each)

Some Tips on the Steps and Sequences (3 sets each)

  • warm up
  • rock at pelvic area for up to 10 seconds, rock whole body after
  • starting from upper back, neck, head
  • lower back
  • 2 thumbs rotation at rhomboid
  • 2 thumbs pressing along rhomboid and clavicle muscle
  • thumbs pressing from occipital points to back of head
  • palm pressing on buttock and rocking
  • calves kneading with palms
  • thumb pressing on calves
  • other techniques include pulling and stretching techniques
  • using right pressure to stretch, and rotate ankles, joints and shoulder blades
  • using body pressure to massage on the floor
  • using proper stretch techniques for arms, legs and lumbar area  (great for back pain)