Whether Shiatsu, Tuina or Lomi Lomi – every person has different ideas and demands when it comes to their individual way of relaxation. You can read here what exactly the individual massage directions promise and which one best suits your taste.
Shiatsu sees itself as a self-contained form of manual whole-body work. Its origin lies in the traditional Far Eastern healing medicine, the basis of which is based on the so-called Qi or Ki – the dynamic life energy in us.
Shiatsu massages are mainly performed on the floor, by direct touch and without additional aids. Not without reason Shiatsu literally means “finder pressure”: By means of gravity and without much effort, the individual exercises are performed with hands, thumbs, elbows, knees and feet. Depending on the energetic condition of the person to be treated, the strength, pressure and duration of the treatment are adjusted.
By applying pressure to the meridians, muscles, tendons and joints, energetic blockages are released and the flow of energy, i.e. Qi, is promoted. Shiatsu thus stimulates the vegetative nervous system and has a positive effect on heart rate, respiration and the musculoskeletal system.
Through the reactivation of the self-healing powers, inner healing and growth processes are supported. Thus Shiatsu can also facilitate the transition from one stage of life to the next.
First and foremost Shiatsu is seen as an open and sincere contact between two people who meet each other lovingly and honestly. The complete mode of action can therefore only unfold to the extent that both parties are willing to let themselves fall.
This highly emotional and spiritual form of massage takes about an hour.
Like so many massage techniques that work with meridians and acupressure points, the art of massage Tuina Anmo is of Chinese origin and represents one of the five pillars of the holistic therapy method. The Tuina therapy is the oldest, existing form of therapy in traditional Chinese medicine and is the foundation for some advanced massage techniques, such as Shiatsu.
The decomposed syllables of the word “Tuina Anmo” describe the essential treatment techniques used in this type of massage:
Tui – Push
Na – grasping, lifting
On – Press
Mo – grating, painting
Tuina is thus a mixture of chiropractic, acupressure, energy work and other manual therapeutic methods. It is based on a holistic diagnosis according to Chinese medicine, which includes the entire body in the treatment. Tuina not only treats complaints of the musculoskeletal system but also diseases of the entire organism.
Not only in the field of energy work can Tuina score points, she even goes further by including joints. Chiropractic interventions, mobilization as well as active and passive movement therapy are also part of the repertoire of an advanced Tuina practitioner.
Tuina is particularly brilliant in the fields of orthopaedics and traumatology, as she can be used to treat chronic and acute processes as well as internal clinical pictures.
The treatment of a single part of the body can take a good 20 minutes.
Targeted longer massages involving the whole body take longer accordingly.
“Pressing, kneading, rubbing” – these three words describe the extremely touch-intensive massage, which sees its roots firmly anchored in Polynesian culture. Actually appreciated as a healing and cleansing ritual, Lomi Lomi stands for a beneficial full body massage in our latitudes.
The doubling of the Hawaiian word “Lomi Lomi” indicates the intensity of this massage practice, which provides inner and outer well-being.
Lomi Lomi relies on the relaxing and soothing effect of oil, which is generously and repeatedly distributed over the entire body with large-area touches. The practitioner works not only with the hands, but with the entire forearm including the elbows. There is also the four-handed Lomi massage, which is performed by two people at the same time. The movements are basically fluid and slightly rocking, whereby the “real” treatment is accompanied by Hawaiian music and songs to which the masseur moves in rhythm around the massage table.
Special attention is paid to the forearms, which are often neglected in many other massages: they ensure the deep relaxation of the entire body. Body parts such as armpits, wrists, knees and the inside of the feet, which are often neglected, also get their money’s worth with a Lomi Lomi massage. Head, spine and joints are stretched and loosened with rocking and relaxing cradles. Other sensory organs such as the nose and ears are also gently stimulated by soothing scents and Hawaiian sounds.
Lomi Lomi is a holistic healing method whose goal is to bring people back into harmony with their bodies. Through the softness of this massage technique, blocked body energies are exposed and the self-healing powers are activated. It resembles in its original form rather a therapeutic body work than a massage and has the claim to treat not only the body, but also the soul. Lomi Lomi Nui is mainly offered in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Who plays with the thought of indulging such a massage for all senses, should count on a well invested expenditure of time of 1 ½ hours.