What Is a Japanese Massage?

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A type of Japanese massage is called shiatsu, which is a form of acupressure that follows meridian lines on the body to transfer energy. Discover the positive and negative energies that are affected through Japanese shiatsu with advice from an experienced massage therapist in this free video on massage.

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Hi, I'm Sundae with Natural Sundae. And have you ever wondered what a Japanese massage is? Well, I can shed some light on this. Now, there's nothing...there's no massage really formally called a Japanese massage. There is, however, a form of Japanese touch therapy called "shiatsu", and the name actually means "finger pressure." And in shiatsu, the practitioner will apply pressure unlike the traditional...the relaxation or Swedish massages that we are used to in our culture where kneading and friction are a part of the massage, this is not the case. In shiatsu, pressure is the key, and the practitioner can apply pressure with their palms of their hands, their fingers, their thumbs, their forearms, their elbows, and even their knees and their feet. And in the Japanese philosophy, they rely on the theory that their energy points and energy lines that flow through the body. And when you balance this energy and when you...when you make it so there's no energy blockages -- when it's able to flow freely -- then that's where health is attained. Now, there are different types of points on the body. There, of course, are two types of energy as well that we're talking about here. There's a positive energy and a negative energy, and the specific energy points for the negative energy or yin are on the front of the body. The other kind of energy is the yang, or a positive energy, and those are located on the back of the body. And like I said, in shiatsu, in the theory of balancing energy, it's when they balance the meridians on the front, or yin, and they balance the meridians on the back of the body, or yang. So this is where when you're balanced, when all your energies are balanced and all your meridians are unblocked, then this is where health is achieved. So this is just a tiny bit about shiatsu. It is a Japanese form of touch therapy based on the theory that energy flows through your body. And the more balanced and unblocked it can be, then the more healthy you will be. I'm Sundae with Natural Sundae. Have a great day.

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