Go! Massage Yourself

Posted on April 11th, 2009 by Emma

There has been much discussion here at Flowers about alternative therapies and whether they really work.


Here is something that is quick and easy and you can try yourself with very little effort.

Shiatsu massage is an old, traditional Japanese healing method. The Shiatsu practitioner uses palms, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, elbows, knees and he feet to work on the body’s acupuncture points, along what they consider the body’s meridians or energy channels. It’s a form of touch communication.”

I experienced a Shiatsu massage a few years ago and felt not only full of energy afterwards, but had the best night’s sleep that I have had in years. Is it all in my mind?

Here is a quick reference for some basic Shaitsu massage that you can practice on yourself.

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Why not Go! and try it for yourself and let us know what happens?

Do you believe in any healing qualities of massage or is it just something you do to relax AND how often are you kind to yourself? Do tell.

22 Responses to “Go! Massage Yourself”

  1. My Grandpa used to get Shiatsu all the time. I’ve always wanted to try. However, I love massages. I believe in some healing qualities as it does release toxins and muscle tensions which helps the body to heal especially from stress. Also, the human touch is healing. It can also cause emotional release and catharsis. It just feels so good and I want one now.

  2. Emma says:

    And perhaps part of the healing process is about allowing yourself some pampering and ‘me’ time.

    Nutella is always a good treat after a massage!

    Go! Enjoy yourself!

  3. Laura says:

    I’m having back problems and my neck and shoulders are always tense, I will probably buy a Shiatsu massager. I’ve seen some models specially for back massage but I really need a neck and shoulder massager. I will be going through 15 physiotherapy session in a few weeks but I’m willing to try shiatsu massage.

  4. Hilary says:

    I think I’m one of those people who don’t like to ‘waste time’ having a massage .. my brain is going & I want to get up and go ..

    Though once my life is mine again – I’m going to settle myself and try massage – I may well look at Shiatsu – seems like a good idea.

    However the experience I do have is with my stroked mother … – the buttefly massages Janice gives her are wonderful. Janice also practises Reiki, while she’s also a qualified nurse – who practised butterfly massage on premature babies in the States. A friend’s wife, who died last year of a brain tumour, used Janice for one session .. & Richard said that Sue appeared much easier, after Janice had visited. One last one .. another friend, whose father died up at the Centre we’re in, helps children with disabilities and Linda tried a few of the moves on one girl & was amazed to hear the father say he’d never seen his daughter so calm.

    There’s definitely something in all of these things – I just need mind over matter to get the best from the sessions .. not an option for now.

    I’ll be interested to come back and see everyone’s reactions .. looking forward to them ..

    Go well – Hilary Melton-Butcher
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    • Emma says:

      Definitely in these things – I agree.

      I know what you mean about ‘wasting time’ – I hate the hairdressers and avoid them like the plague until it is absolutely necessary!

  5. Emma says:

    Hi Laura,

    Enjoy the massager and if you do get a shiatsu massage, do come back and tell us what it is like.

    Good luck with the physio.

  6. Svasti says:

    I love massage, any and all kinds! I try to get a massage regularly, even if its only a quick ten minute head and shoulders kind (we have this franchise here called Sole Sisters – Thai massage for the head and neck or feet and lower legs – its fantastic).

    The body is where we store all of our latent emotions, which, if not released… can contribute to illness. So, a massage is good for relaxation, physical and mental wellness. That’s been my experience anyway.

    There’s been two really, really impressive types of massage I’ve experienced.

    The first is Lomi Lomi – an Haiwaiian style massage where both the person giving the massage and the person recieving are naked. There’s nothing untoward going on, but this is how its done traditionally.

    The massuese does a special kind of breathing, and the movements of the massage are wave-like on the body. As in, the person recieving the massage feels like waves are running up and down their body. When it was over, I felt like I was floating in the middle of the ocean, and had the most unexpected emotional release.

    The other really memorable massage I had was a hot rocks massage. Various sized flat rocks are heated, and used in the massage on your body. All I can say about this one is… d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s!! This massage brought on a very deep state of relaxation.

    At the very least, if a massage can help you relax, that’s a very healthful experience. Too much stress makes us ill, too. The more relaxing we can fit in, the better. :)

    • Emma says:

      Have not heard of Lomi Lomi! Sounds very interesting and will look up to see if anyone does it in Dubai.

      I am all for massage of any shape or form! :)

  7. Jim says:

    I’ve not tried Shiatsu, although it does sound like the next car the Nissan will bring out into the market….

    Nissan Shiatsu – massages you as your drive.


    Massage & relaxation in any form has to be worth a Go! in our laptop & driving world that we live in…

  8. RYK says:

    “is it all in the mind”? I say it’s all in the nerves. Massages seem to realx the nerves and that causes energy to flow through the system better, leading to better sleep, clearer mind etc.

    Bach Remedies also work on the nervous system and help release accumulated tensions. This release holistically improves health, leading to various ailments disappearing and also has tremendous anti aging and reverse aging effects.

    • Emma says:

      Hi RYK,

      Bach flower remedies is something that I would love to know more about.

      Especially the anti aging stuff! A girl has got to get all the help she can!

  9. Uncle Cyril says:

    to me massage is good

    not because it offers any ‘real’ benefit but because it gives you an hour to unwind with no complications

    thats it

    as for massages where people are naked…………

    i know of a few places that do that.

    • Emma says:

      ;) ha ha Cyril!

      And having an hour to unwind with no complications may just be the best thing for your help after all.

      Good enough reason for me!

  10. A/C says:

    Massage is one of the many healing ways for our bodies, but I much preferr to have someelse do it.
    Apart from rubbing my feet when sore, one of massages best features is the ability to allow the body to relax, this is as important that the treatment itself

    • Emma says:

      It’s funny, my feet are the one thing I cannot stand being massaged! Not ticklish but painful.

      I guess that is a whole other discussion on reflexology and why it is so painful!

      Regardless of the medical benefits of massage, I quite agree that the main benefit is relaxation and that has to be a huge benefit.

      • A/C says:

        not ticklish either.. *grins*
        My ankles arent good so need soothing :)
        Relaxing gives the body time to make all the adjustments

  11. O'DB says:

    Watching ‘My Name is Earl’ last night (brilliant definitive documentary about Karma if you haven’t had chance to watch it) & Randy – Earl’s slow brother – states “I’ve never had a legal massage. Seems stupid; bit like non-alcoholic beer; what’s the point?”

    Oh how I laughed. Then squirmed as the realisation registered on my girlfriend’s face.

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