Shiatsu is a traditional
hands-on Japanese touch therapy utilizing the traditional
acupuncture points of Oriental healing.
Shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and
restoring balance in the meridians and organs in order to
conditions helped by Shiatsu include:
injuries and neck stiffness
pain and reduced mobility
philosophy underlying Shiatsu is that vital energy (known as Ki
flows throughout the body in a series of channels
called meridians. For many different reasons Ki can stop flowing
freely and this then produces a symptom.
Your Shiatsu practitioner will consider your state of health,
the symptoms you are experiencing and, depending on your
constitution and general energy levels, will use a variety of
techniques to improve your energy flow. These may include gentle
holding, pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and
feet on the meridians and, when appropriate, more dynamic
rotations and stretches.
As the quality of Ki changes, the symptoms associated with a
lack of flow will gradually improve. Shiatsu is a therapy that
works on the individual as a complete being - not just the
physical body but also on an emotional and/or mental level.
to expect in a session
session lasts approximately one hour. The first session may be
slightly longer since your practitioner will take a detailed
case history to develop a complete picture of your health
according to the principles of oriental medicine.
The session usually takes place on a padded mat or futon at
floor level, although it is possible to receive Shiatsu sitting
on a chair if you are unable to lie down. The client stays fully
clothed. Following a treatment, there can be a feeling of
increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed.
for receiving Shiatsu
bring or wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing, preferably
cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers and cotton socks.
Do not eat heavily in the two hours prior to treatment.
Do not drink alcohol before or after treatment.
After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the flow of
changes through the system.
If at all possible avoid strenuous or stressful activities after
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