How To Give A Japanese Body Massage
How to give a Japanese body massage is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you are feeling tired and less energized. Many people love Japanese body massages, because it can give them energy as well as boost their immunity. Shiatsu is a Japanese massage that focuses on “life energy” and “good circulation.” Shiatsu is basically a "finger pressure" type of massage.
- Have some aromatherapy oil handy and a quiet environment. There is no need to rub the oil, but the smell would add to a more relaxing approach. The quiet environment relaxes the senses as well while giving the Japanese body massage.
- Have a person lie on his stomach. This is an ideal position for a body massage since it would give access to the back, thighs, legs and feet. These are the most important parts to massage since the circulation in these areas is essential.
- Start finger pressure in the neck. The basic technique usually starts from the upper portion of the body down to the feet. The neck should receive some kneading movements, thus less pressure. Some persons have varying preferences in terms of the degrees of pressure they want from the Japanese body massage.
- Proceed with the shoulder area. The shoulder area would require more force. Thus, the shoulders area near the neck part may also need more pressure so the elbows may be used. This would provide more pressure to reach the lymph nodes which are responsible for proper blood circulation.
- Massage the back. The back is perhaps the one that needs the most pressure. Most therapists would use the feet when massaging the back. The fingers in the feet can also provide pressure in a micro massage. This would require balance from the therapist. Rhythmic pressure may be needed, too, for most Japanese body massages.
- Proceed with the lower back down to the leg muscles. These areas may need moderate pressure. In some cases, a kneading action would be required. The direction required is in a downward motion.
- Massage the bottom of the feet or the soles. The feet are the last area to massage. The massage in this area is essential since there are many nerve endings in the feet. The hand or elbow may be used when giving a Japanese body massage in these areas.
- Allow the person to relax after the Japanese body massage. An effleurage massage where one lightly touches the skin or different parts of the body is helpful to restore balance and relaxation in body circulation as one ends the massage process.