Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.
Generally, the practitioner works on the whole body to help energy flow freely through the whole system, to stimulate the body’s own innate ability to rebalance and heal itself. During the treatment this is usually experienced as a sense of deep relaxation.
A session usually lasts one hour and is given with the person fully clothed. It takes place in a calm and comfortable room, on a futon on the floor or on a couch. Following an initial assessment of your health condition, treatment aims will be agreed, so that each session is unique and tailored to individual needs.
Common conditions which have been helped by Shiatsu:
- Stress/anxiety/disturbed sleep
- Neck/back/joint pain
- Stiffness/muscular tension
- Digestive problems
- Menstrual/reproductive disorders
- Support during pregnancy
Benefits of Shiatsu:
- It relaxes your body
- It clears your mind
- It lifts your spirit
- It improves breathing
- It improves posture
- It improves circulation
- It enhances well being
- It restores and balances energy