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Often related to acupressure, the Shiatsu massage treats specific pressure points by incorporating other methods, including rotating, stretching, and breathing for a full-body therapeutic approach.
The method is believed to restore energy and balance within the body. This method focuses on vital energy, known to the Japanese as "chi."
It is believed that when energy flows freely through the body it carries away negative energy and restores positive energy and balance. A Shiatsu massage is believed to provide balance, while treating a variety of symptoms, including sleeplessness, indigestion, swollen joints, headaches, and depression. In theory, these are all caused by misdirected chi.
The roots of the Shiatsu massage are thousands of years old and benefits of this therapy technique have not been unequivocally proven. However, advocates claim that this technique can effectively treat a variety of physical, emotional, and spiritual concerns.
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