Traditional oriental and japanese medicine is still a part of japanese everyday life. And one of the ways to keep a healthy body and sound mind in a busy working lifestyle is to have rejuvenating therapy that uses a holistic view to heal, relax and correct imbalances to your body. And this can be done in a form of topical treatments, herbs or massage therapy.
Tired from work? We will introduce relaxing ways you can have after working. A trip to one of these alternative and/or traditional japanese medicines will relax and revive your aching body so you’ll be ready for the next day at work. Here are the lists.
Kampo which means “Chinese Way” is the method of using herbs as medicine. kampo consists of almost all herbal treatments mixed with little chemicals and minerals. It is prescribed by allopathic doctors and It can be found as ground into powders and used for tea blends. It is the most common japanese alternative medicine and it should be consumed moderately. For a tiring day, there are kampo tea blends to relieve stress and fatigue so drink it at home after work to calm your body and mind.
Originally, acupuncture originated in China but Japanese acupuncture have developed their own style and unique techniques through centuries. One characteristic is that Chinese acupuncture has thick needles whereas Japanese is thinner. Acupuncture is an alternative medicine that targets any and all ailments that ranges from a minor headache to severe pains, digestive issues, back pains etc. Using the needles, it usually targets the main problem in your body and elminites it. Have you been seating the whole day at work? This is a perfect treatment if you’re feeling a little tired at the back of your spine.
Shiatsu which means “finger pressure” is a massage therapy targeting the same points with the acupuncture but without the presence of needles. Shiatsu therapists stimulate certain acupoints to the body by applying pressure to them.
In japanese, seitai means “to bring your body in order”, a traditional japanese chiropractic therapy. It may be quite old-fashioned nowadays but it is still in use in some hubs together with kampo and shiatsu treatments. It is heavily different to the western chiropractors. In the western way, in a quick pull you’ll hear a pop in your joints and feel instant relief whereas in seitai, you will feel a gentle touch to your spine by the seitai and relaxation afterwards as if you are walking in the clouds. Feeling burned out? Go to a seitai and afterwards you’ll feel like you haven’t worked all day yet.
Anma means “an” to press and “ma” meaning to rub which simply translates the words to “massage”. It is usually practiced by blind people and used for medical purposes in the Edo period but nowadays it can be used for relaxation. The japanese traditional massage used basic techniques in kneading the skin directed to specific meridians and vital points on the body, and the strokes used are directed away from the heart. So if you want an instant fix from your tired muscles and just want some pure relaxation, go to an anma massage center.
Does this list help you to find your perfect relaxation ways after work? These alternative medicines are another way for you to stay grounded, relaxed and when you want to rebalance your energy and mind from Japan’s busy and fast-paced industry. Share with us your secret in the comments below what are your relaxing ways you do after work to stay refreshed and revived everyday.