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How to Give a Shiatsu Back Shoulder Massage

Learn how to give a shiatsu back shoulder massage from shiatsu practitioner Shandoah Goldman in this Howcast video.


To give shiatsu for the shoulders, while the person is laying face-down prone, I'm going to sit above her head, making sure that I have nice alignment in my own back before I start. And this is a really great position to work in where I'm kneeling. And I'm going to hinge forward from my hips and then just place my hands on either shoulder here, and start by just a side by side motion.

So the idea is really to create more motion in her shoulders. And if I do that in my own body, that transfers right into the giver's body as well. So right side, left side, I'm just shifting my weight. So rather than holding back here and pushing, I really want to send my weight forward, creasing from the hips.

And then I might want to work on one side a little bit more, so keeping one hand still and then just giving a little bit of rocking motion to one shoulder and then the other.

And I'm going to slide around to the side of her body. Placing one hand, scooping it under the front of her shoulder, I'm going to pick up the arm and draw a diagonal line right across her low back. I'm going to take my other hand, reaching forward in front of the shoulder, all I'm doing is leaning back, so I'm almost rotating my own shoulder to create that nice stretch here. And this can be held about five seconds or so, and then releasing and bringing the arm back.

Those are two really nice things to do for the shoulders in a front, face-down position.

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