What is Shiatsu Therapy-Massage?
Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on therapy originating in Japan and means ‘finger pressure’. The principles of Shiatsu are rooted in the traditions of oriental medicine using similar energy channels and points as acupuncture, but using touch, pressure, stretching and mobilisation techniques.
Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person - not just a physical body, but also a psychological, emotional and spiritual being. It is a natural way to help relax and cope with issues such as stress, muscle pain, and sports injuries. Regular treatments can maintain health and well-being.
What happens in Shiatsu Therapy-Massage?
- Shiatsu treatments are tailored to each individual client and last approximately an hour.
- Each treatment session begins with a consultation, to discuss lifestyle and symptoms in order to gain a full picture of any possible issues, your treatment will be appropriate to your needs, constitution, and energy levels.
- You always remain fully clothed. Please ensure that you are wearing clean, loose comfortable clothing (e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers, and cotton socks)
- I 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.
Guidelines for receiving Shiatsu Therapy-Massage
- Please wear or bring loose, warm, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers, and cotton socks
- Do not eat heavily in the two hours before or after 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 possible, avoid strenuous or stressful activities after your session.
- Following Shiatsu, due to the body’s natural healing process, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed. To experience the full benefits, you may wish to rest for an hour or two after having received Shiatsu.