What is Shiatsu? Shiatsu is traditional Japanese hands-on healing. It can help in a wide range of conditions including:
· Back pain
· Whiplash and neck stiffness
· Joint pain and reduced mobility
· Menstrual problems
· Digestive problems
· Asthmatic symptoms
· Sports injuries
How does Shiatsu treatment work? Based on the initial diagnosis, the practitioner will seek to even out perceived energy imbalances through acupressure on the meridians, and using techniques such as rocking, stretching and joint
rotations. Shiatsu treatment is holistic, that is it considers every aspect of the body, mind and spirit. Shiatsu works best when you are relaxed. Let your practitioner know the moment you feel discomfort – otherwise your body will start to tense up and the benefits of the session will be lost.
Is Shiatsu Massage?Shiatsu uses physical pressure and stretches to reduce muscular tension and loosen stiff joints. However, unlike massage, the receiver remains clothed during the treatment, which takes place on a mat on the floor. The main aim is to improve your over all energy levels, that is to say boost your ‘ki’
What is the theory behind Shiatsu?Meridian theory assumes that a disorder within the meridian affects the meridian pathway and possibly its adjacent meridian and results in a disharmony of the organ it connects to and visa versa. So, a disorder in the Stomach meridian may result in upper toothache because the meridian passes through the upper gums.
What to expect at a consultationYour Shiatsu practitioner works in much the same way as an Acupuncturist (the same theory applies). You will be asked questions about your
sleep patterns, your bowel movements etc., your energy levels and your eating habits. You may have your tongue inspected and your pulse taken
or your practitioner may diagnosis by palpating your stomach (Hara diagnosis).
The treatment will be on a mat on the floor. This allows for a better stretch as the therapist can distribute their body weight much easier at this level. Shiatsu can be done on a table but the stretch will not be as successful.
Is Shiatsu safe for pregnant women?Yes, very safe. The treatment is always tailored to suit each persons particular problem and pregnancy treatment works to ease morning
sickness, help with constipation and give you the energy to get through those hot annoying days later in your pregnancy.
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