What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a form of bodywork which uses touch, movement and manipulation to help the different aspects of body and mind to connect and work together harmoniously. This aim is achieved by supporting and facilitating the innate, intelligent self-organising systems of the body-mind to co-operate smoothly.
Shiatsu is a Japanese healing system with its roots in the traditions and philosophies of Chinese medicine together with a modern western understanding of physiology. Its underlying premise is that vital energy (known as Ki in Japanese) flows through the body and facilitates our physical, mental and emotional well-being. If this free flow is interrupted symptoms can result. Shiatsu touch helps to restore the flow of Ki.
Why have Shiatsu?
You don’t need to be ill to benefit from Shiatsu. A cross-European research by the European Shiatsu Federation into the experience of Shiatsu users found that between 39% and 59% of people who had Shiatsu did so to maintain their health.
Shiatsu users gave the following reasons for having a treatment;
Problems with muscles or joints
Problems with body structure such as back pain or posture
Relaxation and relief of tension or stress
Low energy or fatigue
Problems with digestion, breathing or blood pressure
What to expect?
During your Shiatsu session you will remain fully clothed, (ideally jog bottoms, leggings, t-shirt) and will either be lying on a padded mat on the floor, on a massage table or seated.
There will be 5 -10 minutes at the beginning of your treatment to discuss your general health and any symptoms you may have, before choosing appropriate techniques to improve your energy flow. These will usually include supportive, comfortable pressure applied principally with hands and thumbs and may also include gentle stretches and rotations. You can expect a Shiatsu treatment to be an enjoyable and deeply relaxing experience that works with your body, offering the opportunity for quiet time out to reconnect with yourself.
The session will last for 1 hour, allowing 5 minutes at the end of the treatment for you to reflect and assimilate your experience before leaving.
The cost for a 1-hour session of Shiatsu is £45.
(Your first session may include more time spent formulating a treatment plan.)
Since I started Shiatsu with Alan I have never looked back. It has been of huge benefit for my mental and physical wellbeing and whist it shouldn’t in theory be relaxing, as it is a dynamic style of massage, I find it a great escape from modern life. I have been lucky to share Alan’s journey through his studies and took part in a case study to examine the benefits of Shiatsu with my PTSD and sleep problems. Reading the report, it was incredible how much Alan discovered about me through the treatment, which reinforced my belief in the positive impact of Shiatsu. In Alan’s hands you are in a safe place with kindness and spirituality. Please take the time to explore this ancient treatment.
Simon Hollis. Race Director, Go Beyond Sport.www.gobeyondsport.co.uk