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How to Give a Shiatsu Knee Massage

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


With any major joint in the body, it's really important for the health of the joint that the energy is passing through that with a really great alignment and ease. So for the knee, we're just going to do a little bit of a rocking motion. I'm just tapping my foot. It's a really gentle way to support the knee joint and to loosen up the joints on either side in the ankle.

And then place both hands underneath the knee and just give a little bit of a bounce, just to, again, support that joint, loosen it up a little bit. And then with extending the whole leg I'm bending right under that crease and placing my knee there. So he knee is really supported. And this gives me access to work on all of the energy pathways that run up the front inside of the knee as well as the outside of the leg, through the back of the knee. So there's a great pressure point about two inches down from the knee on the outside of the shinbone, right around here. And in Japanese it's called ashi san ri, and in English that means three-mile run.

This is a great point for runners, but really, any athletes who are having a lot of stress on the knee, it helps to free up this whole area and you can apply quite firm pressure into that. So, again, the knee is here. It's just about two inches down. And often, when you press that pressure point you can feel it radiating energy up and down on the leg which helps to remind us that Shiatsu's really not just about a particular part of the body but it's about connecting and integrating a really great alignment and balance throughout the whole body.

So to balance both sides of the knees, I'm just going to place on hand on the in and one on the out and just send an opposing motion of energy. And this is the way an actual flow moves up the inside and down the outside, just to finish the work around the knee. And great, just to hold and find a little bit of pressure and find a little bit of pressure and warmth into the knee joint.

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