Video:Shiatsu and Thai Massagewith Cathy Wong
Are you a bit overwhelmed by the variety of massage options available? We'll show you what to expect if you decide to try a Shiatsu or Thai massage.See Transcript
Transcript:Shiatsu and Thai MassageHi, I'm Cathy Wong, your guide to Alternative Medicine at About.com.
There's such a variety of massage styles to choose from today. Take shiatsu and Thai massage. They're based on traditional Asian medicine, and are designed to address aches and pains, but are also aimed at balancing the energy of the body to improve health and well-being.
Shiatsu MassageJoelle Follette is demonstrating shiatsu, a form of bodywork developed in Japan. The therapist applies localized pressure using his or her fingers, thumbs, palms, and/or elbows in a continuous rhythmic sequence. The pressure points are specific acupuncture points on energy pathways, known as meridians.
Shiatsu SurfaceThe treatment is done on a low massage table or on the floor. Unlike other forms of massage, with shiatsu no massage oil is applied, so you remain fully clothed during the treatment. You may be asked to bring comfortable clothing to wear. It's used for relaxation, pain relief, headache, premenstrual syndrome, anxiety, insomnia, and many other health conditions.
Thai MassageThai massage was developed over 2,500 years ago. It's also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses a combination of gentle pressure and pressure points, and moves your body into yoga-like stretches. Many people say it's like doing yoga without any work.
Thai Massage SurfaceLike shiatsu, Thai massage is usually done on a mat or the floor. You'll be asked to bring comfortable clothing to wear, as no oil is applied.
Most people find Thai massage promotes relaxation, improves circulation, restores energy, increases flexibility, and centers the mind and body.
Shiatsu and Thai Massage ProvidersIf you're interested in having either shiatsu or Thai massage, look for a licensed massage therapist. Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history, because people with certain conditions should not have massage.
If you feel discomfort at any time, let your massage therapist know.
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