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Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing art. It can help in a wide range of conditions - from specific injuries to more general problems 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.
Shiatsu helps to release tension, increase energy levels and is used to treat a wide range of every day health problems.
Shiatsu is based on oriental medicine and in the same way as acupuncture it works on the energy channels known as meridians and the points along them. Instead of using needles, the Shiatsu practitioner uses finger or thumb pressure. (In Japanese, Shiatsu means "finger-pressure"). A typical Shiatsu treatment will also include gentle stretches and massage techniques to work into the muscles, other soft tissues and joints. It also includes a diagnosis from an oriental medical perspective, the treatment itself and recommendations on diet and lifestyle.
Shiatsu is a whole treatment system, working both on the physical levels and on a subtle energy level. People commonly report benefits from shiatsu for a whole range of problems
What to Expect from a Shiatsu Treatment
Each session usually lasts approximately one hour. The first session may be slightly longer since your practitioner will take a detailed case history to develop a comprehensive picture of you and your health status according to the principles of oriental medicine.
Treatment is usually carried out on a futon at floor level or a treatment table, although it is possible to receive Shiatsu sitting on a chair if you are unable to lie down. The client remains fully clothed. Following a session, there's often a feeling of increased energy / vitality, invigoration, and yet relaxed.
The idea of shiatsu is not to treat a specific condition, but to work toward supporting & improving health in general. By supporting general heath this assists the system cope better with or even recover from more systemic problems; i.e.
chest & lung complaints, such as asthma,
digestive complaints, such as IBS (irritable bowel syndrome),
women's gynaecological problems i.e. menstrual and menopausal
On the other hand, if you are well once restored to your peak, thereafter an occasional 'top up' shiatsu treatment can help keep you stay that way.
In the end, the best way to get an idea of what Shiatsu is like is to try a treatment for yourself and feel the difference!
People commonly report benefits from shiatsu for a whole range of problems, including;
Joint Pain from Arthritis & Rheumatism
General Musclular Aches & Pains
This is a guide only as people are assessed and treated on a case by case basis, holistically as an individual. There is no single cause of the above complaints, neither a single effective treatment.
Guidelines for Shiatsu Treatment
Please bring with you or wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers and cotton socks. Cotton or other natural materials are considered not to hinder the flow of energy like many man made materials and so assist the healing process.
Do not eat heavily in the two hours prior to treatment.
Do not drink alcohol before or after treatment.
After the treatment drink plenty of water to aid the flow of energy to assist the healing of the system.
Avoid strenuous exercise and stressful activities after your shiatsu session.
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