Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning "finger pressure". It is a traditional Japanese healing therapy using pressure from the hands, thumbs, fingers, elbows and knees with more dynamic manipulations and stretches where needed. It may help with a wide range of conditions, from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health.
Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatment helps us to prevent and cope with stress in our daily life.
HOW DOES IT WORK ?
Vital energy known as ki flows throughout the body in a series of meridians. It is essential for health that ki within the body is harmonious. However, for many reasons (e.g. trauma, stress, illness) ki can become disrupted or stuck.
Negative energy that is stuck will cause symptoms and eventually lead to disease. The aim of Shiatsu is to release this congested or stuck energy and to restore even flow throughout the body.
Depending on each individual's state of health and symptoms, this is achieved by a variety of simple techniques ranging from gentle pressure or holding to more energetic rotations or stretches. As the ki flow and quality improve symptoms associated with lack of flow gradually improve.
Shiatsu is a holistic therapy working on the physical, emotional and/or mental health as a whole, on each individual.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A TREATMENT SESSION ?
Treatment takes place on the floor on a comfortable padded mat. If a person is unable to lie down, treatment can be given in a sitting position. The client is asked to wear lose, warm, comfortable clothing (e.g. sweatshirt, jogging trousers and socks).
Each session lasts approx 1 hour. However, the first session is longer as a consultation is needed to develop an overall picture of each individual's health, according to the principles of Chinese Medicine.
Treatment affects everyone differently but generally the client feels relaxed and may have the feeling of increased vitality
SYMPTOMS WHICH MAY BE HELPED BY SHIATSU:
Mental health issues, irrtabilty
Joint pain and reduced mobility
Menstrual problems with Lethargy