Massage is thought to be a luxury, although it is relaxing it has many benefits to the human body. Scientific studies show that massage is beneficial for:
Massage reduces the stress hormone cortisol while increasing neurotransmitters. Massage helps athletes prepare for and recover from strenuous workouts. Massage increases Delta waves that are linked to deep sleep. Massage improves blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, improves rehabilitation after injury, reduces scar tissue, reduces post-surgery adhesions and swelling, and relieves migraines.
Shiatsu massage originated in Japan when acupuncture was outlawed as a response to the tensions between Japan and China. Doctors of Chinese medicine living in Japan had to create a way of treating patients using just their hands. Shiatsu was formed and is based on the Chinese meridian system. The Shiatsu massage is performed with comfortable clothes on. Practitioners apply pressure on the acupuncture points and use stretches to treat the patient. If the patient is unable to recieve acupuncture this is a gentle alternative.