Frequently Asked Questions
Please read some information on typical questions related to Shiatsu-Anma therapy. More questions will be input later on and also in my blog page.
Please contact me directly via phone or email for any additional or specific information.
Who can benefit from Shiatsu-Anma healing?
Shiatsu-Anma caters to individuals who care for their bodies and seek to improve and utilize their own natural healing powers for the purpose of general and specific well-being. It helps to improve bodily circulation and also to alleviate a large variety of bodily ailments.
It may help any type of individuals, age, gender, body constitution etc.
For treating in special conditions such as pregnancy, post surgery or in any significant medical condition please contact me in person for further information.
*Treatment is contraindicated in case of drug/alcohol consumption and cannot legally replace any prescribed medical treatment without and authorized permission!
How can Shiatsu-Anma healing benefit our body?
Shiatsu Anma healing therapy can greatly impact the body's cellular circulation and nerve management. Every pressure technique is aimed at triggering an instinctive abdominal breathing response (diaphragm), so blocked tissues can rejuvenate and heal via an improved circulation of blood and QI energy. Additional Stretchers and joint mobilizations help to restore natural body structural alignment.
For some more detailed information please read my article about the benefits of Shiatsu-Anma in my blog:
Is Shiatsu-Anma healing safe?
Since Shiatsu-Anma pressure points are done comfortably, using no muscle force, but utilizing controlled body weight, it is believed to be the most safe modality of bodywork. A good pressure technique can hardly hurt anybody if done reasonably and with a heartfelt intent to help.
In case of severe medical restrictions it is advised to be supervised by a qualified and experienced Shiatsu-Anma therapist but in most cases and at home it is as safe as scratching our nose when its itchy.
How is Shiatsu-Anma treatment performed?
Shiatsu-Anma is a clothes-on bodywork, and as a form of Asian bodywork it is performed traditionally on a matt on the floor (however in commercial locations it can be also performed on a massage table, a chair etc.). Sessions usually lasts about an hour, sometimes 90 minutes. It is recommended to show up with light full clothing since stretching and joint exercises may be involved, and on an empty and comfortable stomach.
After the treatment it is highly recommended to avoid rushing time since the body may be "flushing" waste and metabolizing. Rest is usually recommended and to follow any specific advice given by the therapist.
More about SHIATSU
Meaning: SHI= finger, ATSU= pressure (Japanese).
Shiatsu is a form of manual pressure therapy done (mostly) by fingers and developed in Japan. Shiatsu was created only at the beginning of the 20'Th century (name was first published in 1915). In 1955 Shiatsu was recognized as a form of massage therapy aside Anma & western massage and in 1964 was recognized by the Japanese government as an independent form of therapy with unique standards of training & licensing.
The main difference between Shiatsu and other forms of massage is the focusing on pressure techniques as well as combining oriental traditional theory with modern western science. The goal of Shiatsu is to promote and regulate the natural healing powers existing in the patient's body through a variety of controlled manual pressure for the sake of disease prevention and symptomatic relieve.
In part Shiatsu also focuses on regulating the physiological functioning of internal organs by affecting the nervous system and releasing the spinal region from local tension creating factors.
Being a relatively young form of therapy and rapidly developed has created many styles & schools of Shiatsu, differing from one another mainly by theoretical understanding & vision. Some of the styles are very popular and some are less.
The style in which I was trained in was developed by my teacher, Dr. D.T. Kaneko, and is based on Professor's K. Serizawa's Acupressure("TSUBO") therapy. Professor Serizawa, born in 1915, was one of the most noted personalities in oriental medicine and devoted his life to the research of "TSUBO"(points of stimulation found in traditional oriental medicine).
More about ANMA
Lit.: An= pressure, Ma = massage (Japanese).
Anma was imported to Japan from China during the 6'Th century AD and is in use as one of the major healing medical forms ever since then. Since its arrival to Japan Anma is known in many levels, from the general basic level (health maintenance) up to a clinical level used by traditional healers for diagnosis & treatment of patients.
Anma includes a wide variety of massage techniques such as muscle kneading, rubbing, pressing, body tapping, shaking, vibrating and more.
Anma went through a tremendous theoretical & clinical development while in Japan, after centuries of being guided under Chinese classical theory (until 17th century). Anma became mainly attributed to blind therapists (known as highly sensitive) who were training in various schools in Japan at that time.
With the import of modern medicine to Japan (19'Th century AD) Anma had lost its medical value and was lowered to a level of "relaxation massage". The term "Anma-San" became a nick-name for blind therapists. Many healers lost their livelihood looking for another way to introduce the effectiveness of this healing art to the public. This is one of the reasons for the development of SHIATSU and a professional awakening of many healers at the beginning of the 20th century.
AMPUKU Abdominal Massage
In translation (Jap.): "Palpating the abdomen".
Ampuku is a part of Anma massage in traditional Japan focusing in treating the abdomen. The abdomen, in traditional Japanese philosophy is considered to be the center of human life and the source of our health. Many healers considered the root of disease as located in the abdomen (Lit. "HARA").
Ever since the 17'Th century Japan, Ampuku has developed to a clinical level and dealt with many patterns of sickness, sometimes combined with additional oriental medical techniques such as herbology, moxibation etc.
Ampuku techniques are all derived from Anma massage and focusing them on the abdomen. Ampuku has several ways of diagnosis & treatment, according to several different styles which have developed over the centuries.
Nowadays Ampuku is in use for treating & healing a variety of cases such as: relief of abdominal (gastrointestinal, menstrual, digestive, circulatory etc.) syndromes, helping pregnancy, midwifery treatments, rehabilitation from childbirth, stress relieve etc.
The style in which I am trained uses simple talk powder over the exposed abdomen for a more comfortable feeling during the treatment. This style is based on two traditional styles being taught in Japan: The GOTO style and SHINSAI OTA style ( two great healers at their time).
About CUPPING THERAPY
Cupping is a form of traditional Medicine that existed in many Ancient cultures around the world but was well preserved in traditional “Taoist” (aka Chinese) medicine.
In Cupping treatment application involves attaching specially made cups on the body’s skin surface for a period of time ranging from a few minutes to half an hour, to create suction. As a result the skin gets lightly and temporarily bruised in a way that invigorates blood and Lymph circulation under the skin and boosts local detoxification. This is beneficial for a variety of ailments and conditions such as minor pain and inflammations, restricted range-of-motion in joints, cold/Flu sickness, and more.
In traditional times suction was applied by heating the cups with fire just prior to putting them on the skin. In modern times a safer and more sophisticated method involves pumping special cups with a vacuum gun to create vacuum.
I integrate Vacuum-cups in my treatments as specifically needed and also provides short cupping sessions for the purpose of maintenance or local treatments. Please view the Services Page for additional information.
About TIGER BALM
It is one of the most effective Pain-relief (Analgesic) remedies, worldwide known, for many years and is uniquely composed of natural (herbal) ingredients that are proven as safe. Being suitable for young and old this popular ointment has evolved into a wide range of products such as creams, oils, Patches (plasters), gels, sprays and more. It is affordable and easily purchased in most popular Pharmaceutical stores and online too.
I usually integrate Tiger Balm rub in my treatments when focusing on bodily areas that are extremely tight, inflamed or tender. At times I may integrate it with Cupping therapy so to increase the local effect in extreme cases and also for sliding the cups along the skin (form of treatment).
I often recommend self-application of Tiger-Balm to my clients as a supporting part of their healing process.