What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is believed to have originated in Japan (literally translated as ‘finger pressure’) and is a clothes-on physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal itself.
I often describe receiving a Shiatsu treatment as being similar to having Yoga done to you, as it too works on the whole person, helping create a more vital and calmer sense of self as well as being a proven therapy for specific illnesses. Shiatsu evolved from ancient Chinese medicine and uses the theoretical system of meridians, also used in acupuncture (although Shiatsu is thought to predate this therapy) to encourage the free flowing of energy (ki) within the body.
Most treatments start with a Hara diagnosis, when the therapist ‘listens to and feels’ the state of ki within the meridians, then, using touch, comfortable pressure, stretches and the breath, both giver and receiver together adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow.
A Typical Session
A typical session – usually 45 minutes – involves the receiver lying on a comfortable futon on the floor, but I can also work with you seated on a chair if mobility is limited, or there are any other contra-indications.
Most clients find that regular Shiatsu treatments help prevent and alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and wellbeing, so I offer a discounted price for a block of five treatments.