The Art and Science of Massage

There are different limitations for who can call themselves a massage therapist in, for instance, the USA, Canada, the UK and Australia. Have a look at whether you need to take a particular variety of hours of intensive massage training course classes, and whether the massage training school needs federal government accreditation. The guidelines can even be different from one state to another or province to province.


You might find that there are different types of bodywork or massage certificates or licenses readily available from the different massage education or massage therapist training schools in your area.


It is simple to be puzzled by the myriad of bodywork and massage methods that are being practiced today. Some (and this is definitely not an all-encompassing list) are Swedish, Thai, Hawaiian (lomi-lomi), Chinese (tianu), Indian (Ayuervedic) Shiatsu, Reflexology, Craniosacral, Acupressure, Esalen and the Rosen Method. And let's not even enter the other type of bodywork, such as tantric, sexual and sensuous massage.


Natural Medicine - Shiatsu Massage


The thing with most massage is to unwind and let tension dissolve. In natural medicine, shiatsu massage is really used to line up and stabilize the different meridians in the body, through particular pressure points.


A shiatsu massage varies from other kinds of massage in a number of methods. This kind of massage comes from Japan. Shiatsu really means "finger pressure" in Japanese. The meridians that the shiatsu massage therapist concentrates on are the paths that bring energy or “chi into the body.


The massage is done on the flooring, with the customer resting on a mat or futon cushion. It is done totally outfitted. The therapist does not use oil or creams, so there is no need to remove your clothes to get a shiatsu massage.