By Caroline Colby
There are several forms of ancient Asian massage still being
practiced in the world today. Asian massage techniques are
ancient healing rituals developed over the centuries in India
and the Far East. Thai massage, shiatsu and asian massage are
becoming more and more popular in the west as more people
become interested in pilates, yoga and other more holistic
forms of exercise and relaxation.
Thai massage actually started in India. It is a form of
using guided stretching and Meridian pressure point therapy in
combination with an ancient breathing method called
“Pranayama.” This technique uses breathing techniques to relax
and cleanse the body while strengthening the nervous system.
Sessions usually end with a ritualized final relaxation that
most customers find intensely restful.
Chinese acupressure or “tui na” was developed over 5000 years
ago. By applying pressure to the body at certain key points,
the acupressure therapist helps the body to activate its own
self-healing abilities. Acupressure has been used for
to treat back pain, headaches and migraines, stress and
It is deeply relaxing and can have the added benefit of
assisting the patient with weight management.
Japanese Shiatsu is another type of massage developed in the
Far East. It concentrates on energy rebalance and physical
well-being using the thumbs, palms and fingers to apply
pressure to certain areas of the body. Benefits of this type
massage include rebalancing of the bone system, enhanced
circulatory function, maintaining balance of the nervous
and greater skin and muscle flexibility.
Indonesian Javanese massage is a system of massage that uses
all parts of the hand, including the knuckles, to knead and
massage the muscles. Usually a massage oil is used to
facilitate the therapy. This massage works on the muscles and
nerves to relieve tension, back pain and aid in the healing of
fractures. Of all of the Asian massages, this is the most
robust, and the massage is often painful, although greatly
beneficial in the long run.
Whatever your preferences, there are many ancient Asian
treatments to choose from. Explore your massage options by
adding one of these interesting and beneficial massages to
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