Shiatsu is a healing art originating in Japan that uses the power of touch and pressure to enable you to contact your own abilities for self healing. Energy, known as Ki flows throughout the body like a system of rivers and canals. Things may happen to upset the smooth flow of Ki, causing blockages or dams in some areas, and weaknesses or stagnant pools in others. These blockages or weaknesses in turn may lead to physical symptoms, to psychological or emotional disturbances, or simply to a feeling that “things are just not quite right”
In a Shiatsu session I will use thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, knees and feet, to induce deep relaxation and a feeling of well-being. It is sometimes a dynamic, sometimes a more static form of therapy, involving pressure on and stretching of the limbs and torso, kneading and releasing tight muscles and supporting areas of weakness. To receive Shiatsu is deeply relaxing and yet invigorating, leaving you the receiver with a feeling of tranquility and a sense of being in touch with every part of your body.
Like other natural healing and alternative therapies, Shiatsu is concerned with preventative measures. Shiatsu keeps the body healthy, flexible, and in balance as well as monitoring the energetic changes that may be precursors of sickness. In the oriental view, an imbalance of Ki develops before the symptoms of illness occur. Regular Shiatsu treatment can help to pinpoint any patterns of imbalance in the body’s Ki structure by ironing out those disturbances before they become entrenched.
The ultimate aim of a Shiatsu treatment is to promote and maintain health, treat illness or injury and strengthen your body’s own healing capacity.
A Shiatsu session with me will last approximately one hour to 90 minutes and will begin by me taking a health history. The massage is performed with you laying on a futon on the floor wearing loose clothing. I will be blending intuition and knowledge of theory in order to construct a complete and appropriate session for each patient. Generally, all the meridians are stimulated, producing an overall relaxing effect. In the case of a particular health issue, the appropriate meridians will be worked on.
Choose from 60 min or 90 min session