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Massage Therapy in Japan: Restoration Therapy

For more than 1,000 years, Japanese restoration therapy has been practiced, but it wasn’t until the late 20th century that this kind of massage therapy was recognized as a method of holistic medicine. Its restorative properties are something that cannot be ignored. If you are battling migraines, stress, tension, fibromyalgia, and joint pain, you can use Japanese restoration therapy to your advantage.

Japanese Restoration Therapy

In 1929, restoration therapy found a solid place in the United States when Professor Seishiro Okazaki furthered the existence of its techniques when he opened up the Kodenkan Dojo, Ju-Jitsu School, and Nikko Restoration Sanatorium , in Honolulu. In Japan, the techniques of this form of therapy give practitioners the same status as a doctor.

Depending on the reason why you wish to use restoration therapy to your advantage, there are two main goals associated with this method of healing. The first is to achieve a balance with the energy in the body. The second is to break down injured soft tissue areas of the body in an effort to facilitate appropriate healing. It is believed that restoring the natural flow of energy throughout the body will eliminate any physical issues.

Using acupoints to encourage healing and to create a balance of energy with the body, Japanese restoration therapy involves a massage that focuses on deep tissues. With this kind of therapy, it is the point of the elbow that plays a significant role. Most of the therapy concentrates on this body part. During a session of Japanese restoration therapy, a practitioner will zero in on soft tissues that have suffered injury. As a result, one can enjoy a healing session that also helps to rejuvenate energy to the body.

Today, you will find that restoration massage is a blend of amma, shiatsu, osteopathy, herbal medicine, and suggestive healing techniques. In order to successfully practice this form of therapy, one must thoroughly research and become familiar with a variety of subjects, including anatomy, physiology, pathology, and psychology.

Jin Shin Do

Thanks to psychotherapist Iona Marsaa Teeguarden, we can use our fingers to perform the gentle, deep penetration of Jin Shin Do to apply pressure to acu-points. In the end, physical and emotional tension is alleviated when simple techniques that focus on certain parts of the body are used. When it comes to the intensity of pressure, you are in charge of the level.

The experience of Jin Shin Do is often described as a journey of getting back in touch with not only the body, but also the feelings and emotions that one may feel in regards to their physical condition. A trancelike state is often achieved , the sense of pleasure is something overwhelming. Jin Shin Do is a combination of many different techniques, including traditional Japanese acupressure, classic Chinese acupuncture theory, Taoist yogic philosophy, as well as breathing training.

Continued in the article titled "Massage Therapy in Japan: Jin Shin Jyutsu."