Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy. It has its roots in traditional Japanese and Chinese medicine, but it also draws from other bodywork and healing techniques.
Shiatsu sees the body and the mind as one – physical disharmonies affecting and contributing to our emotional and mental wellbeing and vice versa. Human beings are not seen as separate from Nature but intimately linked with it; the environment in which we live, our relationship with plants, animals, the water we drink, the food we eat, the rhythms we follow – night and day, the seasons – all contribute to our state of health.
… Relax the body,
unknot the Ki…
Shiatsu seeks to balance any disharmony we are encountering through therapeutic touch, using the pathways and points where Ki flows.
Ki, in Japanese (also known as Qi in Chinese), is often translated as breath, movement, life force or energy. Ki is central to Shiatsu, as are the network of pathways and points where Ki flows.
Shiatsu uses touch, both on and off the body, to contact these pathways and points. The intention in a Shiatsu session is to help the Ki flow smoothly and harmoniously round the body.
When Ki is stuck – pain, discomfort and tiredness might be experienced.
When Ki is flowing, there is a sense of wellbeing and the body can get on with its own natural healing ability.
What happens during your treatment?
Treatments take place in a warm, safe space where you can explore and look at what might be stopping you from fully embodying your aliveness.
As your therapist, I will act as a mirror by facilitating and supporting your process through healing touch. There will be an opportunity to discuss possible changes to lifestyle, exercise and diet as well as the chance to learn relaxation and other self-help techniques that you can practise at home.
Shiatsu treatments can last between an hour and an hour and a half. Shiatsu takes place on a massage table with the client fully clothed. It is also possible to receive Shiatsu sitting on a chair.
How many treatments will you need?
Initially, depending on what you need, we might agree to meet once a week or once every two weeks, for a few treatments. Thereafter we can meet monthly or every six weeks, or when you need to, if you decide to incorporate Shiatsu or Holistic healing into your way of life.