Shiatsu is a fully clothed traditional hands-on Japanese form of massage that has been used for thousands of years. It can help in a wide range of conditions—from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives.
The word Shiatsu means 'finger pressure', and we use pressure on the acupuncture meridians and points to relieve pain, restore energy, and help bring the recipient's body back into a state of balance. If the flow of our energy is blocked or restricted, our health will suffer. Shiatsu gives us a rest, time to take a break and restore the harmony our body longs for.
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The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is that vital energy (known an Ki in Japanese) 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. A variety of techniquesto improve your energy flow may be used including pressing with palms, thumbs, figures and elbows. As the quality of Ki changes, the symptoms associated with a lack of flow will gradually improve.Shiatsu is a safe, non-invasive form of treatment. It complements our modern society's quest for the benefits of touch therapies.After a consultation, the client, fully clothed lies down on a padded mat or futon at floor level, although is it possible to receive Shiatsu sitting on a chair if you are unable to lie down.Following a treatment, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed.
Some common conditions which have been helped by Shiatsu.
• back pain
• headaches, migraines
• whiplash injuries and neck stiffness
• Adhesive Capsulitis
• joint pain
• menstrual problems
• digestive problems
Benefits of Shiatsu
• It relaxes mind and body
• It restores and balances energy
• It eases tension and stiffness
• It improves breathing
• It improves posture
• It improves circulation
• It enhances well being