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Where to Find Japanese Massage in NYC

Shiatsu massage is a more recent development in the grand scheme of massage technology, with an interesting origin, believed to have real healing properties for anyone who receives it from an expert in the technique. At West Garden Spa, you’ll have the unique opportunity to receive Shiatsu techniques that can relieve stress and potentially receive healing properties from this disciplined style of massage.

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The Origins of Shiatsu

To understand how Shiatsu originated, you have to go all the way back to the origins of Chinese massage. Massage has long been regarded in ancient Asia as a key to physical, spiritual, and emotional healing, and some of this belief has carried through to even the most recent massage technologies. Acupuncture and acupressure are ancient techniques in which healers used pressure points to heal a wide variety of maladies.

Shiatsu is a word that means “finger pressure” in Japanese, and was engineered during the first half of the 20th century as way to manipulate various pressure points on the body believed to be in connection with various forms of illness or injury. Eastern medicine believes that the body has 12 meridians, named after the corresponding organ and/or part of the body. By applying pressure to the appropriate meridian, it has long been believed that patients can be healed or at least their condition bettered by these forms of medicine.

Today’s Use of Shiatsu Massage

At West Garden Spa in New York, we’re not a medical facility, so it’s likely you won’t need Shiatsu to heal any one issue in particular. Modern Shiatsu massage is based on the idea of evening out your energy to balance your body. The theory behind the technique is that our bodies are made up of qi, the energy that keeps us alive. When that qi becomes blocked, illness, suffering, and stresses occur, which is why it’s vitally important to remain in balance at all times or to correct imbalances when they occur.

According to Eastern medicine, massage that stabilizes qi can have the following physical benefits:

  • Reversal of fatigue and weakness, including chronic varieties
  • Improved circulation and blood flow
  • Relief of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Headache relief
  • Alleviation of the symptoms of arthritis, including chronic pain
  • Relief from stiffness and sciatica
  • Acceleration of healing from sprains and other physical injuries
  • Cure for colds and flus
  • Help with insomnia and promotion of restful sleep
  • Aid for people struggling with digestive issues like IBS and colitis

At West Garden Spa, our massage technicians are masters of the art of Shiatsu, as well as many other Asian massage techniques.

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