Every body is different. And every body reacts to things differently and adjusts in individual ways. The right balance is specific for each person.
When the body is not able to adapt, it is no longer able to stay in balance and the result is either an excess or deficiency – this is when illness occurs. In Western terms, this is related to the concept of homeostasis.
There are physiological responses to massage: stimulating the body’s para-sympathetic nervous system and increasing the release of oxytocin (the feel good hormone) as well as the lowering of stress hormones. The connection through massage can also have a reassuring psychological effect.
People can also hold stress and emotions as tension in their body. In eastern theory “Form follows Qi”, this means if the movement of your Qi (body’s energy) is blocked or circulates poorly, say because of poor posture or long hours hunched over a computer, this can create pain and tension. Over longer periods of time this can affect how you hold your body day-to-day. Massage can help improve the circulation of Qi in the body and help to release tension.
From Shiatsu’s 4 elements for good health:
1. Good breathing (Shu)
2. Good food (Shoku)
3. Good movement (Do)
4. Good thoughts (So)
It’s not easy or always possible to juggle everything and achieve that perfect balance, but keeping these 4 elements in mind can help keep you on the right track.
To your body.
When your body is no longer able to stay in balance a massage can help your body. Sam is originally from Australia and has knowledge of acupuncture, tuina and shiatsu. He enjoys the connection with other people that can be developed with massage as well as the ability to help people relax and release some of their tension. It was his passion for massage and helping others that led him to move from corporate office work to massage. At his place Body Philosophy he combines everything with related techniques such as therapeutic warming lamp or cupping.