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What are the benefits of a Japanese massage?

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Japanese massage is, as its name suggests, a massage technique from Japan. 🇯🇵Japan is a country that has put alternative and energetic medicine at the heart of its health practices for millennia. Massage is a very popular way of treating ailments in Japan, whether it is muscle pain, joint pain, or illness.

Today, there are two main Japanese massage techniques: shiatsu massage and kobido massage. Anma is also a name that comes up when we talk about Japanese massage. This technique is actually of Chinese origin, but Japan has largely contributed to its perfection by practitioners, and we find anma (or amma) techniques in the Japanese method of shiatsu. 

So what are the differences between these three Japanese massage techniques? What are their benefits? And how can you benefit from it at home using a massage cushion? Keep reading to find the answers. 

The different types of Japanese massages

Among the three types of Japanese massages that we are going to present to you, two practices are therapeutic, and one is aesthetic. 💆‍♀


The shiatsu is a massage performed with finger pressure. It has a therapeutic function, and notably uses the body's energy to treat aches and pains.

The origins of shiatsu date back thousands of years before Jesus Christ, in ancient China. This massage technique was then practiced almost everywhere in the Far East, but it was in Japan, in the 20th century, that shiatsu took the recent form that we know. 

Shiatsu massage is carried out with moderate or strong pressure from the fingers: the thumbs, the palm of the hand, the fist or even the elbows and knees can be used in certain cases to apply this pressure. It does not involve any use of external instruments. The pressure of the shiatsu massage is done on the same energy points used in Chinese acupuncture. This aims to promote the circulation of energy and free the body of toxins or pain.  


The kobido massage is an aesthetic massage technique, which only focuses on the face. The goal is to work the facial meridians to activate blood microcirculation and rejuvenate the skin.


Anma is a therapeutic massage of Chinese origin, which took root in Japanese territory during the Edo period (1602-1868). This practice also favors the pressure of the fingers to massage, and it was also reserved for the blind for many years, due to their talent for palpation.

Unlike shiatsu massage which is carried out lying on your stomach or back on a massage table, anma is carried out seated. Anma is also a therapeutic Japanese massage, since it uses the energy meridians to heal the patient. 

What are the benefits of Japanese massage?

Now that you know the difference between these three types of Japanese massage, discover the benefits of each.

The benefits of shiatsu

Shiatsu massage is mainly known for relieving back pain or neck pain from which many people may suffer. However, shiatsu is a Japanese massage that has a global impact on the patient's health:

  • Energy boost
  • Treatment of intestinal problems
  • Relief of joint pain
  • Relief of migraines and headaches
  • Reduction of muscle fatigue
  • Stress reduction

In addition to being a therapeutic Japanese massage, shiatsu helps the patient to deeply relax and experience a moment of intense well-being. 🙏

The benefits of anma

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Just like shiatsu, the benefits of anma massage are numerous:

  • Intense relaxation
  • Reduction in chronic fatigue states
  • More restful sleep
  • Helps concentration
  • Relief of muscle and joint pain
  • Headache reduction

The benefits of kobido

The benefits of kobido massage are above all aesthetic. Performed only on the face, kobido will promote better elasticity of the skin, more firm and rejuvenated skin, a brighter complexion, and a reduction in bags and wrinkles.

How to practice shiatsu massage at home?

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Today, it is possible to benefit from the benefits of shiatsu and anma from home.

With the Magnet-Zen shiatsu massage cushion from Magnet-Innov, you can practice traditional shiatsu at home. Thanks to 12 massage balls, the massage cushion allows you to recreate finger pressure with rotating movements on your body.

If the shiatsu massage cushion is specially designed to relieve your pain back and cervical, you can also use it for other parts of your body. your body. Its ergonomic shape helps you position it comfortably wherever you want, and its large massage surface allows you to be massaged effectively. 

Are you a couple and would like to enjoy a relaxing Japanese massage for two? You can easily watch online tutorials to know the energy points to press on the back and neck.

To benefit from all the benefits of Japanese shiatsu massage, it is best to remove your t-shirt or shirt so that the massage is performed directly on the skin. You can use a body oil to help massage penetration and massage with more ease.

Then sit on a chair or make yourself comfortable on your bed, and enjoy a unique massage moment for two! Don’t forget to take turns doing the Japanese massage so everyone can enjoy it! 🥰

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