Japanese massage - Health & Beauty
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Massage is one of the few methods in traditional and nontraditional medicine, which emerged many centuries ago, and is used today as a health, hygiene, preventive, relaxing facilities, as well as to maintain and restore the overall health of our body.

Oddly enough, the historic birthplace of the traditional Japanese massage school is the Celestial Empire. In China 5,000 years ago it was invented and perfected a kind of massage technique - "Amma", which in Chinese means "calm hand." Basic techniques of "soothing" blind massage were developed by doctors for whom this practice was the only way to earn a living. Due to the special sensitivity of fingers blind masseurs appreciated and famous all over the ancient China.

From China "blind" massage has spread to the Korean peninsula, and from there - in Japan. Once in Japan, amma massage technique has undergone some changes. The Japanese have perfected the Chinese method, giving it a national character.

When the end of the XIX century, Japanese massage therapists have learned about the European techniques and slightly transforming the added elements of Amma massage techniques of the Old World. Currently in Japan, there are two different methods of traditional massage - classical amma and shiatsu - There are about 60 schools with a license to teach Amma, and only one school - teaching shiatsu.

The philosophy of oriental massage

Over the millennia, amma developed into a special philosophy of healing method of acupressure and acupuncture, that is pressing on certain points or areas of the body. Amma as pro-Chinese massage is based on the ancient doctrine of the flows of energy. According to him, our body is covered with a network of meridians that penetrate all the vital organs, the circulatory system, bones. These channels circulates vital energy of the body - "shi", which, meeting on the way the specific points in and out of the body. It is the impact on these points - "tsubo" and is a feature of Japanese massage.

Japanese physicians regarded the disease as a result of an imbalance of energy. When it becomes either too much or too little. Master of Japanese massage restores the natural balance and help the body samoistselitsya.


Amma massage - a unique technique that does not require the use of oils during the session and a massage table. To carry out this massage You do not need to take off their clothes and lie down. You sit, and the master of oriental massage touches parts of the body with the energy of "yang" (the back half of the body), and the most vulnerable area of ​​energy "yin" is protected pillows. Master by touch determines the level of mental and physical condition of the body and identifies areas in which there are negative developments. Working with the flow of energy, he is working on specific points of the meridian where the flow of energy is blocked. Unlocks and normalizes the free flow of energy through the channels.

This massage is particularly recommended for the meridians in order to activate the circulation of energy. Within 20 minutes of this massage will give energy and vitality at the same time you will feel complete relaxation. Massage amma in Japan were used for rapid preparation of soldiers for battle.

Amman the procedure used by the heart to the periphery; used stroking, kneading, and stretching tapotement body locations acupressure points. Massage movements produced not only the fingers but palms, elbows and even knees, to gain exposure. The ancient technique of pressing, the location of the points of the sequence of movements and rhythm remain unchanged for many centuries.

Amma used to treat lower back pain, disk displacement, headaches, hypertension, various injuries, etc. Additionally, Amma massage - the perfect anti-stress treatment, thus relieving muscular and nervous tension and relax completely.

Contraindications: diseases requiring prompt surgical treatment; the postoperative period; acute infectious and skin diseases inflammatory and allergic nature; unhealed wounds and spinal injuries, pregnancy.


Amma gave birth to this type of massage is Shiatsu ("finger pressure") in which all of the methods used by only pressing. Shiatsu massage involves effects on biologically active points, which are often chosen intuitively. At the point of the selected zone is pressing fingers and the base of the palm. In the area of ​​the carotid artery, blades, breasts, temporal region of massage is done with three fingers on his stomach - three fingers and the base of the palm, on the legs and back - thumbs. This technique also involves pressing elbows, knees and even feet in a certain rhythm. One of the founders of shiatsu therapy Tokuhiro Nahikoshi said it this way: "The essence of Shiatsu is like mother's pure love. Finger pressure on specific points of the body activates the sources of life. "

Pressing is done gently, without moving and rubbing fabric, finger is perpendicular to the massaged area. Master of shiatsu have a healthy effect on the body, holding for 3-10 seconds, certain points on the human body.

This technique is aimed primarily at maintaining the vitality of the body, as well as the treatment of headaches, sports injuries and neurological disorders.

Contraindications: diseases requiring prompt surgical treatment; the postoperative period; acute infectious and skin diseases inflammatory and allergic nature; unhealed wounds and spinal injuries, pregnancy.

"Home Shiatsu"

The procedures described below require the minimum amount of time - 3 minutes each.

- General fatigue.   If your legs are tired, press down on each toe three times. Then push the point between the bones of the swing "pad" thumb. After that, go to the pressure on the arch of the foot (plantar surface), then the inner and outer ankle and heel (Achilles) tendon.

- When severe fatigue pressure on the arch of the foot, not only fatigue, but also normalizes kidney function, which is closely related to this area. If time permits, continue to apply pressure on the points on the leg. The impact on the start point below the kneecap. In ancient times in the East weary pedestrians sought relief cauterizing these places wormwood. Then two thumbs impact on the point along the inner edge of the tibia. Stretching shin all fingers, remove the general fatigue.

- The impact of the method of shiatsu on hip and groin promotes maintaining the overall tone.   Going down, apply pressure along the entire length of the thigh muscles, first inside, then outside. Then push the four fingers on the back of the legs and buttocks. Sagging skin in the groin area points to serious disturbances in the body.

- Heaviness in the head.   The feeling of heaviness in the head, malaise, bad mood, lack of restraint explained venous congestion in the head. This condition is easily remedied by using the method of exposure to shiatsu, stimulating the inflow of fresh blood. Push the top of the head, the head is a little clearer. Then "pillow" thumb gently push first in the right carotid artery, and then - to the left a few "times.

- Pressing start from the lower jaw, gradually sinking to the clavicle. Exposure of these terms contributes to expansion of blood vessels, the inflow of fresh blood to the brain and, therefore, improve health. The same action can relieve the tension of the neck muscles, and mental fatigue. Pressing on three fingers of whiskey, back of the neck - four fingers on the back of the head - thumbs restores disabled, allowing faster and easier to cope with work and gain clarity of thought.

- Colds.   Almost no one can escape the cold. Catarrhal symptoms (rhinitis, laryngitis, sore throat) - this alarms, meaning that the body can not cope with a possible virus infection or can not adapt to the environment. Application of Shiatsu is aimed at strengthening the resilience of the entire body, rather than the treatment of individual organs. Effects on the front of the neck, shoulder girdle, the area between the shoulder blades, lower back, hip, leg and abdomen reduce the symptoms associated with the common cold.
Author: Inna Sedykh