Shiatsu is a natural therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works holistically, hugging the physical body but also the psychological, emotional and energetic being dimensions. Shiatsu originated in Japan from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), with influences from more recent western therapies. Although shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese, in practice will be used touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure, calm the overactive autonomic nervous system and balance the body's energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.
What to do before a Shiatsu treatment
Do not eat a heavy meal for at least two hours prior the treatment.
Do not consume alcohol on the day of the treatment.
Remove any jewelry that you wear, and avoid wearing any makeup, aftershave or perfume before come for the treatment.
Wear light, loose-fitting cloths, which can be easily stretched and moved and that cover all the body.
Try not to be in a hurry before you come to the treatment or be in a rush once the treatment is done.
Make sure that you can offer yourself an hour free of mobile phone calls – please turn it off!
Keep well hydrated – drink water - and stay away from stimulants such a coffee.
What to expect in a Shiatsu treatment
Based on the initial diagnosis and on physical and visual feedback gained during the treatment, I will seek to even out the perceived imbalances through pressure on the meridians, probably in conjunction with other techniques such as rocking, stretches and joint rotations. Shiatsu treatment is holistic, working on the whole body rather than focusing on the area where symptoms are most obvious. Shiatsu works best if you are as relaxed and comfortable as possible, so you should close your eyes, relax your muscles (I'll do all the work if movement is required) and refrain from speaking unless it's really necessary. But let me know the moment you feel any discomfort, so that your body will not start to tense up and loose the benefit of the treatment. It is very important that you have a time for relaxation after the treatment and remember to drink a lot of water so that you help your body to eliminate any toxins that have been mobilized during the session. In ongoing treatments, you will probably also receive recommendations for gentle self-exercise and changes to lifestyle or dietary patterns to support your organism and promote your well-being, while other oriental medicine modalities might be used also, like sotai, moxibustion, cupping, guasha etc.
How can Shiatsu benefit you
Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy that may help reduce stress and contribute to overall well-being. It has both preventative and remedial effects. Can be used in the treatment of a wide range of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions. It reduce muscle stiffness, stimulate the skin, aid digestion, and influence the nervous system. Shiatsu is used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions, such as headaches, PMS, digestive disorders, fatigue, insomnia, fibromyalgia, stress, anxiety and muskuloskeletal pain, including low back, neck, and joint pain. The effect may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative, depending on the goal of the treatment. The number of treatments required, depend on your general state of health and the acute or chronic nature of the conditions needing help.