There are many valuable and effective styles of Japanese Massage that are used for healing and wellness.
Anma is what is known as traditional Japanese massage and comes from Chinese medicine, meditation and martial arts. It was not for relaxation purposes but was used to diagnose various conditions. Blind Anma practitioners used to walk the streets of Japan calling out "Anma" and visited peoples homes providing anma massage.
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Shiatsu (meaning finger pressure) has its roots in twentieth century Japan and is a blend of anma, ampuku (hara treatment) with Western anatomy and physiology. There are actually many different types of Shiatsu. There is Zen Shiatsu, Macrobiotic Shiatsu, 5 element Shiatsu just to name a few. Shiatsu can work to relieve more internal diseases and conditions such as fatigue, constipation, headaches, asthma to name a few.
Hoshino Therapy is a type of pressure point system developed by Tomezo Hoshino a Japanese Acupuncturist. He originally had studied anma therapy when he was blinded as a teenager. Therapists who study Hoshino therapy train for 2 years.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is a system that unblocks the energy pathways. Jin means man of knowing and compassion, shin means creator and jyutsu means art - The art of the creator through man of knowing compassion. It is considered to be an art form rather than a form of healing. It was brought to the US by Mary Burmeister who learned it in Japan from Master Jiro Murai who had healed himself from a terminal condition.
Johrei is a form of Japanese Spiritual Healing. Johrei means to purify the spirit. Suffering as well as health is a reflection of the spiritual condition. It was founded by Mokichi Okada a Japanese Philosopher in 1935.
There are just some of the types of Japanese Massage. Please share your knowledge of any of these or any that I have not listed by filling out the form below.
Jin Shin Acutouch is a system that uses touch to points on the body to eliminate stagnation and to stimulate the flow of QI (Energy). The name actually means 'compassionate spirit penetrating through touch". It comes from Jin Shin Jyutsu which was revived from ancient Japanese traditions by Jiro Murai in the 1900's.
Articles on Japanese Massage:
Asian Bodywork Therapy, Part 1 Amma, Shiatsu & Jin Shin Jyutsu By Kondañña (Barry) Kapke. Massage and Bodywork Magazine
Jin Shin Jyutsu and Modern Medicine Ancient Art Meets Heart Transplant By Pennie Sempell, J.D., C.M.T.
To the Point: Working With Tsubo Energy Medicine By Kondañña (Barry) Kapke
When Two Flow as One Ai Chi Ne as Bodywork By Ruth Sova
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