Shiatsu Massage – Ditties
Rhymes to help you memorize the location of the 12 major meridians, and 1 ditty for 2 of the extraordinary meridians! Students are expected to identify the 12 major acupressure meridians in this course while learning of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the affects these meridians can have on the body. Yin / Yang theory is a highlight of this class!
Shiatsu Massage – Passive Joint Movement
Join Raina for some Passive Joint Movement (PJM) techniques including rocking, vibration, shaking, snaking, bouncing, ect. PJM is terrific for clients who have a hard time staying still. Rocking and rolling out the whole body leads to a calm and relaxed center of being. PJM can be used to introduce oneself to a client, warm up an area and transition from one part of the body to the next.
Shiatsu Massage – Crawling
Nothing prepares a Shiatsu practitioner like crawling. Because we instruct Shiatsu first on a mat on the ground, it's important to learn how to move on the mat effectively and we the greatest care for our bodies, and our clients. Shifting weight slowly and surely to have the greatest impact on our clients with the least amount of stress to ourselves as massage therapists.
Shiatsu Massage – Mother Hands, Son Hand
Mother hand / Son Hand will allow you the move Yin / yang energy in the body in order to balance the client. The goal of Shiatsu massage is to balance yin and yang. Mother hand / son hand is the first reading of the body to find the imbalances that we will then try to balance throughout the Shiatsu session. This movement is very slow, as the practitioner reads through touch which areas feel Empty (Mother hand) and which area feel Full (son hand) and guide the body towards balancing these energies.
Shiatsu Massage – the Back
In Shiatsu Massage we start with Mother-Hands / Son-Hand of the whole body, then bring our focus to the posterior back. Here we rock the erector spinae from the neck down to the tail bone. We use acupressure points going down the Bladder Channel, Small Intestine Channel, and we incorporate rocking, bouncing, and slow pressure into the massage. Warming up the central nervus system for deep relaxation.
Shiatsu Massage – Posterior Legs
The Shiatsu posterior leg recipe follows the back recipe. Here we learn that the hamstring muscles are able to absorb a lot of weight, and we can us our whole bodies, including our knees to give an excellent massage. The Gallbladder channel runs through the iliotibial tract and can have an extraordinary release in the stretch and pressure of this massage. Stretching of the quadriceps and a pose for stretching the front of the body will be incorporated. At the end of this work, students will learn how to bring clients in to a cobra pose, and how important it is to decompress the low back after the pose by bringing a client supine (on their back) and bringing their knees to their chest.
Shiatsu Massage – Side Lying
Side-laying position is one the the reasons Healing Hands students have a well rounded education. This position allows us to fully rotate the shoulder exploring our clients whole range of motion and expanding it. Stretching the side of the body, and working on the arm meridians including Lung, Large Intestine, Pericardium, Triple Heater, Heart, and Small Intestine. We take time to learn a Bow stretch and a thoracic back stretch. And always ending with a decompression of the low back.
Shiatsu Massage – Anterior Legs
We will touch on the Spleen, Liver, Kidney and Stomach meridians in this practice. Stretching the thighs, working out the quadriceps, and touching on the gallbladder meridian. We also learn a lumbar twist and a few new moves to decompress the low back.
Shiatsu Massage – Hara (Abdomen)
A short but effective massage on the Hara (abdomen) can result in relief of intestinal issues, diaphragm tension, and bring relaxation to core muscles of the body. You will practice gentle tapotement, vibration techniques and circular techniques going in the clockwise direction to follow the flow of digestion.
Shiatsu Massage – Chest & Arms
Start with gently exploring your clients range of motion in the shoulder. Then travel down to work on the large intestine through the pointer finger. Work on the lung meridian, the triple warmer, small intestine and heart meridians. Giving the wrist some nice range of motion stretches, and do some deep palm and hand work to finish off the session.
Shiatsu Massage – Neck & Scalp
One of the hardest massages to learn from a video, we spend a lot of time breaking down these 8 neck and head movements. This massage and stretch allows clients to fully release the tension that builds up in the neck. We finish with some face points, and scalp massages to finish out the session.
Shiatsu Massage – Full Body Flow
Follow Raina as she embarks on a 90 minute journey for a full Shiatsu massage. Please be aware, that this is faster then we normally like to do Shiatsu. This video is to get as many of the techniques in the video in a short amount of time. You may pause the video, skip section, or use tools that other videos discussed in more detail. We hope you enjoy this Shiatsu Journey! Full Body Shiatsu massage is taught in Orange County and San Diego County.