La revolución terapéutica del Kogao® «Lifting facial japonés»

Desde el inicio de esta escuela, una de sus misiones fundamentales es promover la health a todos los niveles a través del Shiatsu y otras técnicas complementarias, fomentando el self-knowledge. De ese deseo, de invertir más en la prevention que en la curación, también nace Kogao® «Lifting facial japonés».

La terapia Kogao. Tradicionalmente, la belleza en la cultura japonesa es el reflejo de un estado de balance entre el cuerpo y la mente. Por eso, el aspecto de la cara de una persona nos puede ofrecer mucha información sobre ambos. Hoy en día, el ritmo de vida de muchas personas en nuestro medio implica sufrir estrés crónico y agotamiento. Esto, sumado al sedentarismo, a un descanso muchas veces insuficiente, y a hábitos alimentarios menos saludables de lo que quisiéramos, provocan que nuestro cuerpo sufra a nivel global, incluyendo la esfera emocional y psicológica, lo que se refleja también en nuestra apariencia exterior.

¿Qué es Kogao® y en qué consiste?

La historia del masaje facial japonés se remonta a siglos atrás y, como otras técnicas manuales en Japón, deriva del Anma. El Anma, que literalmente se traduce como “pressure” (An) y “fricción” (ma), proviene de la traditional chinese medicine y es la técnica de masaje tradicional japonés a partir de la cual se crearon técnicas posteriores como el Shiatsu y lo que hoy en día se conoce en Occidente como «lifting facial japonés». Esta terapia incluye técnicas de presión, fricción, amasamiento, vibración y percusión, entre otras. Kogao es una marca registrada y es el nombre que hemos adoptado para la técnica de lifting facial japonés en nuestra escuela.

Hay muchos tipos de terapias manuales o tratamientos faciales de origen japonés, pero Kogao consiste en una serie de técnicas específicas para la manipulación de la piel y los músculos de la cara, cabeza y cuello, incorporando además puntos de presión derivados del Shiatsu. Como en Shiatsu, Kogao solo usa los dedos y las palmas de las manos. La palabra Kogao significa literalmente “cara pequeña”. En la cultura japonesa, tener la “cara pequeña” se considera un atributo positivo y es indicio de salud y bienestar, dado que lo contrario, como tener una cara hinchada o congestionada, puede ser señal de que algo no va bien en el organismo.

Teniendo esto en cuenta, no sorprende el hecho de que los automasajes formen parte de una rutina facial habitual en el país asiático. Los buenos hábitos de la vida se consideran en Japan el principal secreto de la longevidad y de la buena salud. Y la belleza va, irremediablemente, ligada a un buen estado de salud. Una familia tradicional japonesa, incluso hoy en día, considera el masaje tan importante como la dieta y el ejercicio, y es una costumbre transmitida de padres a hijos.

Así como el ejercicio físico mejora el cuerpo, Kogao es un “ejercicio” para mejorar el estado de la cara y el cuello. Para ser prácticos, en este texto usaremos de manera indistinta los términos “lifting facial japonés” y Kogao para referirnos a nuestra técnica, que engloba, como comentábamos, un conjunto de diversas técnicas, cada una con un propósito específico para tratar de forma manual diferentes zonas de la cara, la cabeza y el cuello, con la asociación de puntos de presión de Shiatsu, no sólo de Namikoshi sino también de Aze Shiatsu.

Kogao es un tratamiento sorprendentemente eficaz y mejora la condición natural de la piel, aportando luminosidad y elasticidad. Uno de los resultados es un efecto de “lifting natural” visible desde el primer tratamiento. Sin embargo, el objetivo va mucho más allá de los efectos observables a simple vista y estéticos.

Los objetivos de la terapia Kogao

The objetivo from Kogao, como sucede con la terapia de la que nace, Shiatsu, y dado que Kogao está basado en ello, es promover no solo la health del paciente, sino aumentar el self-knowledge y entender la salud desde un punto de vista holístico, como sucede en la medicina tradicional china. En este caso, el punto de partida es uno de los órganos más importantes del cuerpo: la piel. El tratamiento que se realiza sobre la cara, la cabeza y el cuello a través de la aplicación de diferentes tipos de técnicas manuales en zonas y puntos específicos no solo produce un efecto local, sino un estado de relajación y sensación de bienestar general.

Clínica de Shiatsu Maestro Onoda, terapia Kogao

Principales beneficios del tratamiento

Esta terapia tiene varios objetivos. Aunque una de las cosas que más llama la atención de Kogao es el efecto visible que se produce en la piel, mejorando el estado de hidrataciónthe elasticidad and the firmeza, además de ayudar a atenuar las arrugas, no deja de ser el resultado de cambios que se producen a un nivel más profundo.

A través de las técnicas manuales, se alcanzan los planos profundos de los músculos y, a través de la presión ejercida en puntos específicos siguiendo a su vez puntos de Shiatsu, se pretende producir la activación de mecanismos de reparación de la propia piel, los músculos y otros tejidos subyacentes. De esta forma, también logramos activar la circulación and the drenaje linfático, y aumentar la eliminación de toxinas.

Hay que saber también que la presión que realizamos estimula la secreción de endorphins, los neurotransmisores encargados de modular la respuesta del dolor, producir sensación de placer, tranquilidad y bienestar. Por todo ello, también conocemos a las endorphins como las hormonas de la happiness. A nivel estético podemos decir que consiste en un “lifting natural” sin cirugía, sin dolor y sin cicatrices.

Kogao es apto para todo tipo de piel: normal, seca, grasa o con problemas como la dermatitis atópica o con acné. También es adecuado tanto para hombres como para mujeres de cualquier edad y no tiene ninguna contraindicación ni produce efectos secundarios.

El lifting facial natural es el resultado de una combinación de:

Presiones de Shiatsu.

● Maniobras de amasamiento.

● Percusiones.

● Fricciones.

● Puntos de reflexología facial y de acupuntura.

● Técnicas de masaje de musculatura profunda.

● Lisajes.

Se realiza con ligereza a través de una rápida secuencia de movimientos de percusión rítmica. Así, se estimula el sistema nervioso, mejorando la circulación sanguínea and the flujo linfático, reforzando y tonificando los músculos. Estos movimientos requieren gran habilidad, ya que solo con el movimiento de los dedos y la manipulación de las manos se realiza todo el tratamiento. Las técnicas que mostramos se deben practicar constantemente para lograr desarrollar la secuencia de manipulaciones con agilidad y rapidez.

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KENKO TAISO(健康体操) Shiatsu, healthy exercise

Select your 3 favourite exercises and practice them daily throughout your life.
好きそうな体操を 3 つ選んでください。 其の選んだ体操を一生毎日やってください

The Shiatsu is a manual therapy of Japanese origin that aims to maintaining and improving healthfocusing on the prevention as it helps to balancing the body in a holistic wayIt also improves posture and flexibility of muscles and joints. It acts on the body, the mind and the emotions. As therapists we can and should teach patients simple guidelines that will keep them in good health. Today we bring you a series of exercises to help maintain an optimal state of health. balancing the bodyThe new, easy to perform and to incorporate into our daily routines.

Shiatsu healthy exercises
Exercises to maintain optimal health
Shiatsu healthy exercises

Age-related changes in walking 加齢に伴う歩行の変化

Maintaining a balance between body and mind is essential.

Finally, we would like to remind you of some key rules:

1. Decrease the stress and anxiety.

2. Avoid greed. Live modestly.

3. Find your own way to relaxation.

4. Maintain the warm body. Do not drink cold beverages.

5. Do not overindulge in food. Avoid alcohol and tobacco.

6. Practice aerobic exercise.

7. Laughing a lot and thank you for everything.

8. Have a goal to achieve, a reason to live and a hobby for life.

And one Shiatsu session per week, no doubt.

Director of Jyuku, Shiatsu practice centre.Onoda Shigeru.

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Shiatsu and cancer prevention.

Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the world. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), a total of almost 10 million deaths were attributed in 2020, equivalent to almost 1 in every 6 deaths recorded.

Shiatsu as a preventive tool. The International Agency for Research on Cancer estimated that around 18 million new cases will be diagnosed globally in 2020 and this figure will rise to 27 million over the next 20 years.

The most common types of cancer are breast, lung, colon and rectum, and prostate cancer and up to one-third of cancer deaths can be linked to the tobacco useconsumption of alcoholto the obesity and habits as a feeding and a lack of physical activity, according to data from the WHO.

Shiatsu and cancer prevention. Life expectancy and technological developments.

It may come as a surprise that, in general, higher cancer rates occur in countries with longer life expectancy and higher levels of education and standard of living.

How can this be? People's natural reaction should be one of suspicion, surprise or even anger at this fact. Sadly, however, it seems to be accepted without questioning what is happening.

It is indisputable that advances in medicine and technology have greatly aided in the health and well-being of people. However, it should also make us reflect that no matter how many drugs are developed and no matter how much technology progresses, the incidence of cancer, and other diseases such as ischaemic heart disease, is increasing and part of that is linked to the lifestyle we lead in our society today.

It is true that our life expectancy has lengthened, but it's not like we're going to make it to 100 or 200 years. Most of us, or at least I, would be satisfied if we reached 80 or 90 years of age, as long as it is with a good quality of life. Although, given the trend, surely some cardiorespiratory pathology could accompany us and thus, we would have the typical end that we have in today's society.

This has made me reflect for years, that most of the functions of the human body are still primitive and instinctivethat we do not evolve as fast as technology and that the negative impact of the changes we are undergoing as a society (eating worse, exercising less, living under more stress, in short) can be mitigated if we correct these inadequate habits, balance our vital energy and learn to living in harmony with nature.

Because really, the estimates of the incidence of cancers and deaths due to it, without going into the impact on the quality of life of patients, are truly shocking.

With this in mind, and moving on to the practical, I suggest the third medicine: the preventive medicine.

The lessons are very simple and clear. For example: "Zu Kan Soku Netsu" in Japanese, which means "cool head and warm feet".or "Naga Iki" which means "Naga Iki" or "Naga Iki" which means "Naga Iki" which means "Naga Iki".a long breath, leads to a long life".

We all live only one life and the most important thing for a dignified life is health.

For my profession I would, of course, recommend to receive one Shiatsu session per week in a preventive manner.

The Shiatsu as a prevention tool. The Shiatsu is a manual therapy of Japanese origin that aims to maintain and improve health by focusing on the prevention as it helps to balance the body in a holistic way, while also improving the posture and flexibility of muscles and joints. It acts on the bodythe mind and the emotions.

In addition to this, I would like to share some daily practices that are recommended in oriental medicine to maintain good health, based on their philosophy and customs.

For example, in oriental medicine, the word "TEATE" "treatment"means "to lay hands". The word "BYOUKI" "disease" refers to "vital energy disorders".

Let's think, what conditions would favour the development of certain types of cancer?

Firstly, the hypoxiaor decreased oxygen supply to a tissue.

The aforementioned lesson, "a long breath leads to a long life"This means that inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly is the right way to breathe and, consequently, to have a healthier and longer life.

We could easily imagine a frail or sick person breathing very weakly.

To maintain a healthy body, abdominal breathing is important, which is done from the "tanden", a vital region located three fingers below the navel, the area where the centre of our vital energy is located according to oriental philosophy.

Each phase of breathing is linked to certain organs and a defined bodily energy: inhalation to the liver and kidney, pause to the spleen and exhalation to the heart and lung.

Secondly, a low body temperature.

In order for our body and immune cells to function properly, a body temperature of approximately 36,5ºC.

Occasionally, the body temperature will rise as defence mechanism. For example, fever is a natural reaction of the body to an aggression, such as an infection, and involves the activation of immune system cells and antibodies to fight it. Hypothermia, or low body temperature, can lower the immune system's capacity.

Ancient Eastern meanings that identify with a healthy body are, for example, "Zu Kan Soku Netsu" (cool head, warm feet), named above, and "Jyo Kyo Ka Jitsu" (the upper body relaxed and empty, the lower body full and firm).

Both mean that it is important to keep the head or the upper part of the body relaxed and clear, and the feet or the lower part hot, firm and full of energy.

In conclusion, hypoxia and hypothermia may lead to a poorer immune response and thus alter the immune response of the patient. balance of our body.

Things are very simple: let's be careful not to cool the body and let's practise the abdominal breathing.

In short, correcting unhealthy habits and avoiding hypoxia and hypothermia are the basis for maintaining a healthy life, and it is in our hands to reduce the chances of contracting certain cancers and other diseases.

Maintaining a balance between body and mind is essential.

So here are some key rules:

1. Decrease the stress and anxiety.

2. Avoid greed. Live modestly.

3. Find your own way to relaxation.

4. Maintain the warm body. Do not drink cold beverages.

5. Do not overindulge in food. Avoid alcohol and tobacco.

6. Practice aerobic exercise.

7. Laughing a lot and thank you for everything.

8. Have a goal to achieve, a reason to live and a hobby for life.

And one Shiatsu session per week, no doubt.

Shiatsu as a preventive tool. Healthy Exercises.

Performing an ankle rotation. Shiatsu and cancer prevention.
Press the centre of the chest and the pit of the stomach. Shiatsu and cancer prevention.
Performing a spinal flexion. Shiatsu and cancer prevention.
Press a cushion between the knees with both legs bent. Shiatsu and cancer prevention.

Jyuku Shiatsupractor Onoda Shigeru

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Shiatsu What can we do against ageing?

As we get older we deteriorate. This is inevitable. However, there is a chance that we can slow down the rate of ageing and staying healthy for longer.

60% of the body's constitution is water, and with the passage of time, this concentration decreases, muscles and organs atrophy, fail or become paralysed, and death ensues. The natural process of human beings is to age and die. Being aware of this truth, the reality is that it is also natural for people to want to live longer and in the best possible conditions.

The three leading causes of death in Japan are cancer, heart disease and stroke. Let's talk about the health focusing on the prevention of heart attacks and strokes.

In the traditional medicine China there is a classification according to body build. According to this, those who suffer from heart attacks tend to belong to the group of Ka-Kyo-Jyo-Jitsu Ka-Kyo-Jyo-Jitsuwhich means that the lower part of the body is empty or that there is energy deficiency and the upper part is overloaded.

With this in mind, in what state would we find health?

It would be in the state of Jyo-Kyo-Ka-Jitsu. This means that the upper part is relaxed and the lower part is strong and full of energy as if rooted in the earth.

The state we talked about earlier, Ka-Kyo-Jyo-Jitsu Ka-Kyo-Jyo-Jitsuis the opposite of the ideal state. The lower part is weakened, sluggish, and in the upper part there is a build-up of energy, anger and/or rage, which can also be interpreted as mental stressand the person also has shallow chest breathing. In short, people who tend to suffer from heart attacks are those who accumulate their vital energies unbalanced in the upper part of the body.

What are the physiological characteristics of patients who may suffer a heart attack?

It has been proven that both the heart attacks as strokes have a morning peak incidence, i.e. they tend to occur more in the morning. Although the cause of this is multifactorial, it appears that one of them may be the increase in blood pressure which occurs especially when waking up. This happens because the body tries to raise the blood pressure in order to start daytime activities. Normally the cells of the vascular endothelium prevent an excessive increase in blood pressure and vasodilation occurs to keep the blood pressure stable. But if there is a dysfunction in the cells, dilation of the blood vessels does not occur, and the blood pressure remains high, leading to a health risk.

Predisposing causes:

1. Smoking.             

2. Excessive eating and drinking.                                                   

3. Obesity.

4. Hypertension.            

5. Old age.

6. Large difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure, known as differential pressure. In general, having a differential pressure of greater than 60 mmHg is considered a risk factor for cardiovascular events, especially in older people.

In reality, people from middle age usually exhibit some of the characteristics listed above and are the group of increased riskAnd especially those people who also practice sports such as running or jogging, gymnastics or take a bath-sauna just after waking up to maintaining health or to lose weight. But they are unaware that such routines can be harmful and inadvertently shorten its life. In fact, as we get older, it takes longer for the body to raise its temperature. Therefore, it would be much more favourable to laze in bed for a long time after waking up.

Also, from my experience as a therapist, I would recommend drinking a glass of weather water or warm water before going to bed and one after waking up.

General preventive measures.

Shiatsu What can we do against ageing? (Although food education also plays a very important role, this time we will focus on physical measures).

1. Attempt to receive Shiatsu at least once a month.

Shiatsu What can we do against ageing? Going for a walk

Shiatsu is a manual therapy of Japanese origin that aims to maintain and improve health, focusing on prevention, as it helps to balancing the body in a holistic wayIt also improves posture and flexibility of muscles and joints. It acts on body, mind and emotions.

2. Take a walk

Brisk walking would be better and walking in the afternoon would be a good time. It is recommended not only to maintain the overall stamina of the body but also to improve the return circulation of the legs, prevent overweight, hypertension and hyperglycaemia.

Shiatsu What can we do against ageing? Strengthening the lower body

3. Strengthening the lower body

Performing the sumo "shikofumi" exercises: Spread your legs to twice shoulder width. Turn your ankles 45-50 degrees outwards. Lower your waist while keeping your upper body upright, and place all your body weight on one leg, which will serve as a support. When the weight is placed on the supporting leg, the opposite leg rises naturally. Repeat this movement alternately with each leg. With this exercise is balanced not only the lower part, but also the whole body.

4. Ankle rotation.

Shiatsu What can we do against ageing? Ankle rotation

Lock the ankle with the hand on the same side and with the other hand hold the toe of the foot and rotate the ankle slowly, alternately clockwise and counterclockwise.

5. Bathe half the body.

Bathing only up to the waist warms the body very well, but does not overload the heart compared to full body bathing or sauna. Therefore it would be great for older and middle-aged people.

Shiatsu What can we do against ageing? Bathing half the body

6. Stimulate the Sanri point of the leg.

It is situated about 4 toes from the kneecap, diagonally below the lateral condyle of the tibia. It is a very important point and is well known as the point for healing the legs and is used for any treatment as it serves for everything.

It is very common to observe among middle-aged people, especially in Europe, that they have very thin legs and a prominent abdomen "like an apple". This body type is most often associated with heart attacks. To avoid it, it would be ideal to train and maintain a good level of physical strengthThe above recommendations, which apply to everyone, should also be followed.

I encourage everyone to incorporate into their daily routine these simple exercises to improving our health and especially if you suffer from increased abdominal girth, with loss of muscle mass in the buttocks and calves!

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Torrejón Volleyball Club. Natalia Tobón.

Athletes like me are often offered only one or two absolute treatments for our injuries. With Shiatsu, I have disproved this absolutism that is so common in sport today.  

I have never been one to resort to painkillers all the time, as they tend to cause chemical imbalances in my body, and I feel that abusing them would do more harm than good. That is why I have always gone to my trusted physiotherapist to treat my volleyball ailments.

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It is true that the treatment is effective, as I have recovered from injuries in days that, according to my orthopaedic surgeon, would require weeks of rest. But it is worth noting the "violent" nature of this therapy, as it focuses only on the point of pain for a prolonged period of time, and exerts intense pressure that often goes beyond the line of pleasant pain.

After a session, the sore area feels as if it has been hit repeatedly, rather than treated in order to heal it. On occasion, muscle fatigue has prevented me from training after a session.

A couple of days ago I received my first Shiatsu session, due to an intense back pain that I have been carrying for several months. When I was informed about the therapy, I had my doubts about its effectiveness, as it is supposedly a therapy that does not seek pain and does not treat only the painful point, but is a global treatment. However, I was pleasantly surprised with the therapy.

To begin with, the session was on a stretcher, in silence and in a very relaxing atmosphere; which allowed my muscles to gradually but quickly relax. In my thinking, the painful area is always the most crucial to treat, but I was wrong to see that the area that hurt the most was the last one we treated.

The "general to specific" view is in complete contrast to my experiences in physiotherapy, as well as the absence of excruciating pain in Shiatsu.

At the end of the session, I felt light, relaxed, at peace and many other adjectives far less important than the lack of the constant back pain I struggled with on a daily basis. That night I slept pleasantly and without the need to wake up late at night because of the unbearable tension in my back.

This experience has certainly changed my view on how to treat my injuries and will be another therapy I will consider in improving my overall health.

WHAT IS AZE SHIATSU

THE OFFICIAL EVOLUTION OF NAMIKOSHI SHIATSU

Aze Shiatsu is the reconciliation with Western medicine without renouncing the knowledge of Traditional Oriental Medicine and always looking for the best methods to treat patients. 

Aze-style Shiatsu has in recent years become an important essential study stop for manual therapy practitionersIt takes the original Namikoshi Shiatsu to the next level, making it fundamental to the treatment of Western patients. 

This therapy is the result of more than 36 years of research and experience of the Master Shigeru Onodawho was a direct disciple of the creator of Shiatsu, Tokujiro Namikoshi. By treating and adapting the therapy to Western patients, the Master Onoda He adapted the Shiatsu he learnt in Japan to the western world based on his experience treating patients in Spain and with very favourable results.

It is an evolving method that combines all the knowledge that Master Onoda has studied in Japan and Europe. This therapy is applied on a stretcher, unlike Namikoshi Shiatsu, which is applied on a tatami, i.e. on the floor. In addition, this therapy includes the so-called Aze points, which are intermediate points between the traditional Namikoshi Shiatsu points. 

Shiatsu for Westerners

To answer the question of what is Aze Shiatsu, we must bear in mind that more than half a planet separates the western world from the eastern world. Specifically, the distance between Madrid and Japan is 10,645 kilometres. But we are not only distant in kilometres, we also have different customs, thoughts, food and rhythms of life.

So, if we differ in so many ways, why should our bodies be the same? There are differences between the oriental human body and western bodies that can make a difference when it comes to treating certain ailments. For example, the lumbar curvature in Western bodies is around 20% while in Eastern bodies it is only 2%. This affects, for example, the frequency of herniated discs. And even if there are cultural differences, pain always is and always will be common and universal in all human beings.

If you want to understand this therapy better, you can learn more about the history of its creator here: Shigeru Onoda's story is available in this entry.

Finally, we would like to thank all those who have been involved in the therapists and teachers from Aze Shiatsuwho share our passion for Shiatsu and who promote this therapy

If you're interested, you can learn Aze Shiatsu from scratch at the introductory therapy courses or in the Professional course of Shiatsu.

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In the Master Onoda Clinic Madrid, you can receive your Shiatsu treatment.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

ONODA, Shigeru: Aze Shiatsu, basic treatment, Volume 1, ASF, 2017.

ONODA, Shigeru: Aze Shiatsu, lateral decubitus, Volume 2, ASF, 2017.

ONODA, Shigeru: Professional Aze style Shiatsu techniques, ASF, 2018. 

Shiatsu facial

SHIATSU FOR THE FACE

What are the benefits of a Shiatsu session?

Today, we develop in this article what is Shiatsu facial and its benefits, an article that can make us see Shiatsu in a different way, as a more versatile treatment than it may seem if we do not know much about this therapy.

Of course, everything related to Japan and beauty has been associated with good skin care for Japanese women, as well as the balance of body and mind.

With Shiatsu, we contribute to toning our musclesrelax at the same time as we reduce wrinkles What more could you ask for from a single therapy? Just as we exercise the muscles of our body in order to keep our skin smooth and healthy and to eliminate toxins, wouldn't it make sense to do the same for our face? The face is our calling card, the first thing others see of us and through which we express all our emotions.

Facial skin is very sensitive and needs a certain level of relaxation to properly receive any type of treatment. To achieve this, we recommend working the neck and shoulders before direct manipulation of the face. The tension and stress of everyday life affects our emotional level. This causes the body to contract as a protective and survival measure. Muscle tension is transmitted from the dorsal area up through the shoulders, neck and into the face. Therefore, by relaxing the shoulders and neck we influence the state of the facial muscles, facilitating further work. 

We must take into account the reason for the need for facial treatment. A bad face can make the observer think that we have a bad disposition or antipathy; this can provoke an unconscious rejection reaction.

 The accumulated tension makes us look older, aged. In addition, symptoms such as headaches, jaw tension, drooping eyelids, dental wear, crow's feet and abnormal hair loss occur. 

 Even the best make-up cannot hide these effects. Even superficial work on the face will not achieve the same results; it will never correct the problem. It is necessary, then, a technique that works at deep levels to restore the light to the face. Shiatsu harmonises the muscles, blood and lymphatic circulation and activates the parasympathetic nervous system. 

 The patient should be aware that the Shiatsu treatment is going to beyond simple massage relaxation, working deeply on all organ systems. 

How Shiatsu is performed in the facial area

The therapist will remain seated next to the patient's head, following the line of the patient's body. The patient will remain lying on the stretcher in the supine position. 

To begin with, we can play the eye and eyebrow areaIt is quite important, especially with the "colour" that this area has. The colour does not appear literally, we have to feel it. 

Depending on the colour, this is a symptom of problems related to a particular organ.

In Shiatsu there are different types of pressure in general, in the neck use a slow and deep pressure without leaving quickly. It is necessary to stimulate the area but without overdoing it. We have to keep in mind that Shiatsu is an oriental technique originally developed for easterners; the westerner is much more sensitive and less tolerant of deep pressure. Therefore, we have developed a style of Shiatsu suitable for Western bodies and minds. We call this Aze Style

Observing breathingfrom the abdomen (hara, in Japanese). If we apply good pressure, the breathing will become slower and more relaxed, reaching down to the lower abdomen. 

Objective:

By relieving muscle tension in the neck, you can improves blood circulation of the area increasing oxygenation, lymphatic circulation with increased elimination of toxins and decompression of the nervous system. In addition, the energy channels that pass through the area are also released, increasing the energetic circulation. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, improving the lower area reflects an improvement in the upper area. Therefore, with a relaxed neck, the face will have much less tension. 

The duration of the complete Shiatsu treatment of the neck and face should not exceed thirty minutes. 

Shiatsu, as we have seen in this article, is much more than a technique to relieve back pain, as many people expect. With a complete Shiatsu treatmentThe improvement is noticeable all over the body, including the face. Find out more about Shiatsu.

Related to facial Shiatsu, but more focused on the aesthetics and improvement of the skin, we find the technique of Kogao Facelift.

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Aftermath of Covid

SHIATSU TO TREAT COVID SECULAE

Since the start of the Covid 19 crisis, visits to the Shiatsu clinic have increased with cases of patients with pain from having passed on the virus. This is due to the countless sequels that is causing this virus, many of them ailments that we already treat with Shiatsu. In addition to the ailments derived directly from Covid, we have also encountered a greater number of patients with problems derived from stress or teleworking.

Most frequent sequelae

The most characteristic aftermath of Covid-19 is the pulmonary fibrosis. Also, cardiac and renal alterations have been documented, derived from the drugs or from the general inflammation generated by the virus. On the other hand, it can affect the brain and cause acute encephalitis in some patients.

Equally important are the after-effects on the vascular systemThe disease can form thrombi in the lungs as well as in other parts of the body. Secondarily, it can develop pulmonary hypertensionwhich would hinder oxygenation and exercise tolerance. This is why many of the people close to us who have undergone Covid tell us that they get tired sooner or are short of breath with any physical activity.

Mainly as a result of isolation, there are also cases of memory impairment and other emotional disturbances. Psychological disorders, anxiety, insomnia, mood swings or irritability are common.

In terms of persistent Covid-19, i.e. applied to people who have symptoms that are prolonged over time due to the virus, the most frequent symptoms are: the extreme fatigue, muscle painThe inability to perform everyday tasks, fever, respiratory disorders and loss of smell and taste.

With Shiatsu can alleviate some of the symptoms we have talked about, as it is indicated for those specific ailments: extreme tiredness, stress, anxiety or muscular pain. In addition, Shiatsu helps us to rebalance the whole body, improves blood flow and strengthens the immune system.

Do you want to know more? Consult the video of Dr. Santamaria on Shiatsu and the after-effects of Covid:

SHIATSU FOR TELEWORKING

As teleworking and sedentary lifestyles have increased over the last year, the number of patients with telework-related ailments, such as:

Lumbar and cervical pain | Swollen legs | Back problems

It is not only the long hours spent sitting down that affect us. In addition, teleworking means for many people a higher stressMore hours in front of the desk using perhaps unsuitable chairs, more meetings and calls, and therefore increased anxiety.

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All of this leads to the accumulation of a lot of tension, which the body ends up manifesting in symptoms of pain and stiffness. We recommend to carry out self-hatsu exercises throughout the day to stretch the back, arms, neck and shoulders. Autoshiatsu exercises on the skull are also recommended to help prevent migraines and headaches. You can learn all about autoshiatsu at this book.

You can start 2021 learning with the best professionals how to improve the health of others, with the Shiatsu Professional Course.

Here is a video of Autoshuatsu for the cervical areaby Master Onoda, with exercises we can do every day to free our body from the drudgery of teleworking. You can also read our blog post on Low back pain.

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ONODA, Shigeru: Autoshiatsu, therapeutic self-massageJapanese School of Shiatsu, 2006.

Video of Dr. Santamaría. Shiatsu at the time of Covid.

AZE SHIATSU FOR LOW BACK PAIN

SHIATSU FOR LOW BACK PAIN

CAUSES OF PAIN IN THE CENTRE OF THE BODY

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Low back pain has a myriad of causes, including psychological stress. The lower back is located in the centre of the body, so it is not surprising that all problems are concentrated in this area. It is ane of the most common areas of pain for our patients.

The mechanisms that produce pain in the centre of the body, are often triggered involuntarily: our body undergoes an involuntary imbalance and instinctively tries to compensate with the area of the body that is not distorted. 

This can be made visible by anyone: the difference in height of the shoulders, the difference in height of the hips; the different length of the legs; postural asymmetry in general. 

When a tension appears, our body tries to solve it by compensating with another part within the same chain of work, this compensation is a defence mechanism which the body uses to escape from pain or tension and return to the comfort zone.

It would be easier to say that the imbalance causes postures in which the human body tries to escape pain. The human body has the ability to self-regulate, our body will always avoid pain and try to minimise energy expenditure, so if the shortening of a muscle causes pain or increased energy expenditure, our body will modify our posture so that it doesn't hurt.

CAUSES OF PAIN IN THE "KOSHI" OR LOWER BACK REGION

1- It is usually a pain suffered by women. after childbirth.  

2- Poor postural habits: the position when looking at the mobile phone, uncomfortable chairs, poor posture when standing, etc.

3- Persons who work in an office or teleworking environment. The posture in front of the computer often makes us slouch. In addition, not getting up to stretch from time to time causes pain in the whole back and a lot of lumbar tension.  

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When the same postures are maintained for many hours, deviations or imbalances in the sacroiliac joints can occur. So when there is a deviation or injury in the right sacroiliac area, the sacroiliac joints can be reflects in the right lumbar region and the left sacroiliac in the right lumbar region as an ASPA.

At this link you can access a chapter of the Aze Shiatsu Book on the application of Shiatsu in the Lumbar Region. 

You can also access the VIDEO Shiatsu Namikoshi for the lower back, to be practised at home. 

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AZE SHIATSU FOR STRESS

STRESS TREATMENT WITH SHIATSU

SHIATSU FOR MODERN PATHOLOGIES

With this post we intend to focus on shiatsu for the treatment of stress, with basic information about stress, related pathologies that we can treat with Shiatsu, and some exercises to do at home to help us relieve the feeling of anxiety and stress.

Stress is a feeling of physical or emotional tension, as well as a response mechanism the organism's response to external stimuli. 

When it occurs occasionally, it is not negative, as it keeps us alert and generates satisfaction and improves mental activity. But the problem arises when it responds to negative situations, as it can be detrimental to health. 

Stress is always somatised in a particular area of the body and gradually accumulates. Through the blood circulation, the body receives the warning first as a stiffening, then discomfort and finally in the form of pain. 

The tensions and pains that we feel are nothing more than calls for attention and signals the body sends us to become aware of the pressure and stress we are under. Perhaps this is the reason why Shiatsu treatment is on the rise, as it is concerned with responding to these signs that western medicine does not respond to. 

SOME PATHOLOGIES THAT CAN BE RELATED TO STRESS AND TREATED BY SHIATSU

  • Headache: can be caused by various reasons: muscle tension that presses on vessels and nerves, hypertension, cervical dislocation, menstruation, etc. Except in certain severe cases, such as tumours, Shiatsu treatment is possible for this problem. Especially headaches, which cause pain on the sides of the head, can be caused by the change of weather, mental fatigue or stress. We all, without knowing Shiatsu, put pressure on our temples when we have a headache. 
  • Torticollis:  When we are sleeping, the body performs all possible movements to free itself from tension and fatigue: moving, sweating, etc. However, if the body is in a situation of mental stress or with too much accumulation of tiredness, it will not have enough energy to perform these self-healing movements and this is where torticollis often arises. In Shiatsu we conceive of torticollis as a notice of the body and we intend, in addition to removing local pain (neck), to work globally, i.e. the whole body, to balance the physical condition. 
  • Low back pain: has a myriad of causes, including psychological stress. The lower back is located in the centre of the body, so it is not surprising that all problems are concentrated in this area. 

Did you know that?

In the centre of the breast, at the level of the nipples, there is a pressure point called the Danchu. It is a point known for its great efficacy against tachycardia and depression. In Shiatsu, this point is treated for patients who are suffering from some kind of imbalance or stress. 

I must warn you that this is a very painful point to press. When you have located the spot, use your thumb to keep pressure on it and press for about a minute.

SHIATSU EXERCISE AGAINST STRESS AND ANXIETY

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1. Sit on a chair or in the Seiza position (traditional Japanese way of sitting on your heels with your back straight, with your knees on the floor). 

2. Bring your knees close together and place your right hand under your left armpit, and vice versa.

3. Close your eyes and feel the warmth produced from the palm of your hands spread throughout your body. You can do this directly on your skin or on your underwear, for about five minutes, with calm and relaxed breathing. You will see how agitation decreases and the ability to concentrate increases. This exercise brings well-being to both mind and body. 


Breathing correctly not only hydrates our cells, it helps us to relax, relieve stress and ultimately improve our physical condition. 

Do you want to know more? The following video of parietal Shiatsu is very useful for relieving anxiety and stress: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-SQmCstsJY

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