A more in-depth look at Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of bodywork originating in Japan during the early part of the 1900s and which, in turn, was heavily influenced by the ancient Chinese disciplines of Acupuncture and Tuina.
Like Acupuncture, the theory of Shiatsu is based on the Eastern energetic view of the body. Your body’s Chi / Ki / Qi flows through your body along internal channels called meridians and these pathways pass through specific points called Tsubos. These are then palpated, bringing your energy flow back into greater harmony. You practitioner also uses enhanced techniques such as joint mobilisation, fascial release, muscle extension technique and others, dependent on what is required during your treatment.
This deep level of working with the body, focuses on root cause, meaning that the body can start to unravel the historic tensions and positively affect the current symptoms. This work enables longer lasting positive affects, while at the same time allowing the body and mind to assimilate emotions.
Generally your practitioner works on the whole body to stimulate the body's own innate ability to rebalance and heal itself. During the treatment you will usually enter into a deep relaxation, this is your body shifting into what is known in Western terms as, the parasympathetic nervous system; a state of complete relaxation and rest.
Shiatsu is used to treat musculoskeletal issues; digestive upsets; hormonal imbalance; stress related symptoms; unresolved physical and emotional trauma, breathing difficulties and, of course, the wonderful time of pregnancy and post pregnancy.
A session lasts either an hour, or an hour and a half, and is given with the person fully clothed. It takes place in a calm and comfortable room, on a futon mat and / or super comfortable body cushions on the floor. Following an initial assessment of your health condition, treatment aims will be agreed, so that each session is unique and tailored to individual needs.
At the end of the session you may be given a recommendation or shown an exercise to continue at home, supporting the process to restore and maintain health.