Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing and nourishing form of Japanese massage therapy which offers relief for both physical and emotional concerns. Beyond massage for relaxation; shiatsu as a model of care, supports a holistic and inclusive perspective of the person. Diagnosis and treatment involve careful consideration of physical symptoms aswell as aspects of a patients lifestyle, diet, environment, psychological challenges etc.
As much as treating injury and illness Shiatsu practice benefits the body-mind connection and works with the subtle energies underpinning psychological and physiological systems. The shiatsu practioner effectively works to nourish and release the body’s resources in service of the persons needs, challenges and purpose. Treatments can be either dynamic or holding and diagnosis is supported by principles and theory of Chinese and Oriental Medicine.
How or when is shiatsu helpful?
With its foundations in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu therapy has wide applications, but is generally recognised for helping in cases of:
– tiredness and extreme exhaustion
– localised pain and discomfort
– anxiety and insomnia
– stress and worry
– digestive problems
– menstrual problems
– frustration and irritability
Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.Chinese Proverb
How is shiatsu practised?
Traditionally performed on a futon on the floor but some therapists may also work on a table. It involves acupressure, stretching, tonification and dispersal techniques throughout the whole body. The practitioner uses his hands, fingers, thumbs, elbows, knees and general body weight to apply pressure over various areas and points. Pressure and comfort are always gauged with open feedback throughout the session.
Recipients are encouraged to where loose-fitting or comfortable clothing.