Zen Shiatsu | Japanese Bodywork
Zen Shiatsu is a hands-on therapeutic bodywork, fully integrated with Chinese Medicine and Western anatomy and physiology. Rooted in the traditional art of healing touch, Shiatsu derives from Japan’s rich lineage of manual therapies offering versatile acupressure treatments: From conferring deep relaxation and rejuvenation, to relieving more complex health problems, to aiding in the resolving of stresses and trauma.
Shiatsu treats the body and the mind.
Shiatsu works on a physical, emotional and energetic level stimulating all ‘systems’ of your body: skeletal & muscular systems, your endocrine (hormonal) system and nervous system.
At the heart of the Shiatsu is an authentic connection of Ki energy between giver and receiver, therapist and client. Ki, or Qi in Chinese, is our basic life energy. Observing blockages and deficiencies in Ki energy allows the therapist to clear and revitalize affected areas in the body. When Ki energy is flowing freely, a natural movement towards balance and health can begin using the body’s inherent capacity for self-regulation and healing.
On a physical level this is achieved by applying acupressure with fingers and thumbs along the body’s pathways, called meridians. Meridian pathways regulate all energy flow throughout the body and all organ systems. Further techniques include pressure via the hands, palms, elbows and knees, stretches and rotations of joints and limbs, and skeletal realignment. The type of pressure is adjusted to the individual’s needs.
Physical manipulation and Ki flow stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic flow in our body, naturally lowering blood pressure, boosting your immune system and body functions. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing treatment, it reduces stress and calms our nervous system, it soothes away aches and pains, and revives flagging energy.
What conditions are helped by Shiatsu?
Stress and Anxiety
Neck and shoulder pain
Lower and upper back pain, Sciatica
Tennis elbow and frozen shoulder
Headaches and migraines
Digestive problems and IBS
What benefits does Shiatsu have?
Holistic awareness of body, emotions & mind
Meridian points target specific disharmonies
Restores a free flow of energy;
Releases unhelpful tension
Relieves muscle tension and stiffness
Calming, grounding and deeply relaxing
Stimulates blood circulation and lymphatic flow
Strengthens the immune system
Creates a sense of wellbeing
Energizes and rejuvenates
What happens at a treatment?
A traditional Shiatsu session takes place on a comfortable futon at floor level, although the treatment may be given on a massage table or in a chair if you prefer not to lie down.
Received through loose comfortable clothing (cotton tracksuit bottoms, leggings or similar), and sometimes soft blankets, a treatment takes about an hour. Extra time will be needed on the first visit so that a detailed case history can be taken.
Following the treatment simple recommendations may be made on gentle exercises, changes to lifestyle or dietary patterns to support health and well being. As Shiatsu is working on the subtle energy levels, you may feel more sensitive or aware to any changes in body or mind after a treatment. It is recommended to allow for a slower pace, some quiet time or time in nature to reflect and fully benefit from the session.