Shiatsu is a therapeutic bodywork therapy originating in Japan. It is sometimes refered to as “Japanese Physiotherapy” for its effective release of tension and pain in muscles and joints. Shiatsu uses deep touch and comfortable pressure from thumbs and palms to work acupressue points and energetic meridians lines, stimulating the smooth flow of ‘Chi’ (energy) throughout the body.
When Chi is flowing freely, a natural movement towards balance and health can begin using the body’s inherent capacity for self-regulation and healing.
Combined with gentle stretching, fascia release, Sotai (muscle release technique) and joint mobilisation, Shiatsu is a remedial and holistic therapy. In addressing physical and energetic patterns, Shiatsu works the whole person: physical body and psychological, emotional & spiritual aspects of being.
Shiatsu treats the body and the mind.
Shiatsu works all ‘systems’ of your body: skeletal & muscular systems, your endocrine (hormonal) system and nervous system.
Physical manipulation and Chi 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.
From conferring deep relaxation and rejuvenation, to relieving more complex health problems, to aiding in the resolving of stresses and trauma.
What conditions are helped by Shiatsu?
Backpain (upper, middle and lower back)
Shoulder pain and frozen shoulder
Muscle tension and pain
Joint stiffness and mobility
Flexibility and range of movement
Headaches and migraines
Digestive problems and IBS
Fatigue and insomnia
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.