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All about Shiatsu Massage – Japanese Techniques

September 12, 2016

Shiatsu is a massage technique that uses the power of touch and pressure. This type of massage comes from ancient Japanese culture and is especially helpful if you suffer from arm aches and tension due to Repetitive Stress Syndrome, which arises from doing the same thing over and over again for a prolonged period, such as keyboard typing, writing, and/or using a computer mouse, to name a few examples.

I was introduced to Tomitsuka, who is a Japanese Martial Arts expert and yoga teacher specialising in the ancient therapy of Shiatsu massage. Tomitsuka is one of those people you just like immediately – he is friendly, pleasant and very knowledgeable.

After the massage, I felt a huge difference in many areas of my body. My ankle, which I injured in January, is pain-free after my Shiatsu Massage. I also have an increased level of energy and manage to utilise my time so much more effectively. I sleep much better, and feel brighter and happier… which is pretty great for me!

Shiatsu massage provides complete relaxation and is used to treat many disorders such as:
• Back pain
• Headaches and migraines
• Migraines
• Shoulder and back pain
• Joint pain
• Tension
Shiatsu also helps eliminate toxins and waste from the body, as well as increasing energy and mental and spiritual well-being.

What should you expect during Shiatsu massage therapy?
Wear comfortable, stretchy pants and top during the duration of the treatment. You will be covered with a towel while lying on the massage table. Tomitsuka will start working his hands through the towel, using deep pressure and stretching movements. Pressure points around the body will be firmly pushed while warming and easing your muscles, and light stretching of your arms and legs will be done.

Why are you fully covered during the Shiatsu session?
In Shiatsu a good deal of pressure is often required, therefore light, stretchy clothes allows greater accuracy on small areas. Having a Shiatsu massage fully clothed also keeps your body warm and comfortable.

How long does a session last?
A session starts at one hour and you may book a session for 90 minutes, or a maximum of two hours. This will depend on what is needed and will be discussed with Tomitsuka.

Will the treatment hurt?
The pressure will differ from person to person. You could experience a bit of discomfort on pressure points as the energy is released. I like this feeling as I find it relaxing. You can advise Tomitsuka at any time if you are not comfortable with this feeling and he will lighten the pressure applied.

The role of water before and after a Shiatsu session
It’s important to drink a glass of water before and after a session as it creates a medium for waste products to leave the body after treatment.

Where do treatments take place?
Tomitsuka is situated in Green Point and works from a peaceful space at home. He is also available to do house calls. Please book in advance, as his day fills up very fast. Like his Facebook page to find out all the monthly specials he has on offer, as well as for more information on massage treatments and rejuvenating yoga classes.

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    September 12, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Oh my goodness, this sounds heavenly! Had never heard of Shiatsu Massage before. I am going to see if there’s anyone who does it in my area.

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    September 14, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I have lots of tension and joint paints so would be great to try this shiatsu massage.

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      September 14, 2016 at 10:38 am

      Hi Jessica,

      Please contact Tomitsuka if and when your visiting Cape Town:):)

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    Ivan Jose
    September 14, 2016 at 8:29 am

    I love massages. It helps ease away stress and muscle tension, and those uncomfortable muscle knots at the back. I was told by a therapist that once a month is therapeutic.

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      September 14, 2016 at 10:39 am

      That is correct Ivan,

      Once a month id ideal for a therapeutic message


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    September 17, 2016 at 6:06 am

    speaking of migraines… I have one right now… they last about a full day and are painful as heck, and yet life continues and I have to suck it up and work through them as best I can! I will definitely look into these magical shiatsu massages…thanks for sharing : )

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    Ana De- Jesus
    September 18, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    This sounds heavenly especially the amount of pain I am in right now. The back /shoulder/neck pain is excruciating!!

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    Veethee Dixit
    September 19, 2016 at 6:49 am

    I have heard this for the first time! thanks for the info!

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    March 4, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I do wish he comes to the Philippines! There are other massage/spa institutions here but sometimes, I feel that I have been fighting with someone after the massage. Instead of feeling comfortable and all, I end up feeling hurt. However, there’s this one person who does a great job! With her, I could sleep like a baby while being massaged.

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