Shiatsu

A traditional healing art, Shiatsu can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well being.
Shiatsu is an energy therapy that works on the body via diagnosis and treatment of meridians, points and zones to affect positive change in the body and mind.

 

It is a therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just the physical body, but also the psychological, emotional and spiritual being. Because of this it is really a ‘software reprogramming’ method rather than a purely body-based therapy like massage.

 

A typical shiatsu session begins with a relaxed interview about the health concerns or personal development goals of the client. The treatment itself takes place on a shiatsu mat on the floor. The client wears comfortable clothing as direct contact with the skin is not necessary. Shiatsu pressure is directed at deeper levels of energy rather than the outer muscles. This is not to say shiatsu doesn’t have a relaxing effect on the muscles but this is more a welcome side effect of a deeper focus.

 

Diagnosis of the hara (abdominal reflex zones), meridians and selected points on the body form a supportive yet independant diagnosis to the initial interview. The treatment itself takes around 50 minutes and involves gentle to firm pressure and holding of differnt points and areas, stretching and gentle mobilization of the joints. The effect is pleasant and relaxing. Clients often report entering a dream-like state where pictures, feelings and insights arise spontaneosly. The effect of shiatsu treatment continues for several days afterwards and the client is encouraged to monitor the subtle yet profound changes that occur between treatments.

 

There are no contra-indications for shiatsu treatment. While shiatsu is one of the best therapies to support the health of the mother and child during pregnancy it is not recommended in the first trimester as an extra precaution.

 

Probably shiatsu’s greatest contribution to the health and personal development is its effectiveness in maintaining good health and preventing illness from taking a hold. It also serves to connect the client with the subtle processes of their body and mind so they are less likely to allow themselves to slip too far out of balance again once health is re-established.