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)

Many families tend to lack activities that they can do together to spice up their lives as a family. Most people find themselves engaging in the same old activities that they are used to such as board games, drinking, movies etc. The core purpose of a family engaging in all these activities is to bond and have fun collectively as a lovely family. This activities are fun but they are not all-round engaging for a family and most of the times only seem to be effective when we are carrying them out with a bunch of friends. Most people anyway tend to forget about the most important activity that can bring them together as a family and is more engaging for the whole family, that is  –  BODY MASSAGE.

Body massage is a very important activity to engage as a family and the best thing about this practice is that apart from being a fun activity, it helps in many other areas of life to the family members. Body massage has the following pros.

Relieving Stress

Massage helps in relieving stress. Massage lowers the levels of body cortisol, a stress hormone, and increases the production of serotonin and dopamine, feel-good hormones. If any of your family members is undergoing hard times, massage, is therefore, a useful tool in helping them relieve their stress and clear their head. The soft touches of massage are very relaxing and will make you feel good mentally and treat all kinds of stress caused by either anxiety or depression.


Treating Back Pains, Shoulder Aches & Tired Legs

Massage is a very effective treatment for relieving back pains and research has pointed out that it even works better than other therapies such as spinal modification or acupuncture. Next time you have back pains or any other body aches try out body massage and you are rest assured of pain relieve in a short course. A research in the Annals of Internal Medicine proved that massage reduces the use of painkillers by 37%. So next time  you think of visiting a chemist to buy those painkillers think of a better option, body massage.


Increases Flexibility

Massage also increases flexibility by working out your body muscles, tendons, connective tissues and also trigger the production of natural lubricants between the connective tissue fibre. Staying flexible is a key factor to any person at any given age and therefore massage is the best way to bring your family together in an activity that will help all of you in keeping fit.


Lower Blood Pressure

People with prehypertension will also find body massage very helpful to them. Body massage lowers blood pressure according to several studies carried out across patients. IT is therefore important for your family to learn this important skill of muscle therapy. Apart from lowering the blood pressure, therapeutic massage also helps in improving stability.


Boosts Immunity

Massage gives body immune system a boost by aiding in increasing the level of activity of natural killer T cells, which fights tumors and viruses. Full body massage enhances immune function of women fighting breast cancer and also improves the immune system of unborn infants.

It is therefore very important that your family learns the skills of body massage. This way you will have something that will bring and bond you together for a good course.

Imagine each and every member of your family possessing this powerful and important skill. It’s like having doctors living together under the same roof taking care of each other.
Make it a duty to introduce all your family members and friends to the life spicing up activity that will bond you together as a family and you will not have to constant worry about all the problems listed above as you will have the solutions in your family’s magical hands. The best thing about this activity is that you can perform it either indoors or outdoors and you only need to be two to carry out this activity.

Getting massage can do you all those goods mentioned above, but getting it from a person who really care and love is a very sensational moment that everyone deserves to experience on a regular basis.

Acquiring this bodywork skill and massage will be your favourite activity to do any day, anytime. Good luck.