Shiatsu is a powerful form of energy based bodywork, a system of healing and health maintenance based on similar principals to Acupuncture. Shiatsu uses relaxed body weight applied mostly through the hands to stimulate the body’s own self –healing. Apart from its ability to treat a wide variety of specific health issues it is deeply relaxing and can enhance one’s overall health and sense of wellbeing. Shiatsu works with the individual as a complete being, not just the physical body, but also on an emotional, mental and spiritual level.
What can Shiatsu treat and how?
Shiatsu is supportive for a wide range of conditions as it strengthens the body’s ability to heal itself. It is particularly effective for stress related tension and illnesses, but equally useful for maintaining good health or promoting a healthy pregnancy. Common conditions which have been helped by Shiatsu are: headaches and migraines, neck stiffness, whiplash injuries, joint pain and reduced mobility, back pain, sports injuries, digestive problems, asthmatic symptoms, menstrual problems, depression.
Treatments focus on the channels, which transport Chi (vital energy or life force) around the body nourishing the internal organs and in turn distributing their energy. For many different reasons the flow of Chi can get blocked or depleted in certain areas and this then produces a symptom.
Depending on what is appropriate for you a variety of techniques can be used to improve your energy flow. These might include anything from gentle holding, pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees or feet to more dynamic stretches and rotations. As the quality and flow of Chi improves the symptoms associated gradually improve.
A Shiatsu Practitioner will consider your general state of health and energy level and any symptoms you are experiencing, even if these are dismissed or unexplainable by your GP.
Treatments take place on a padded matt (futon) on the floor, although this can be adapted if needed. You will remain clothed, so it’s best to wear something loose and comfortable.
Some benefits you might feel from having Shiatsu treatments: relaxes mind and body on a deep level; restores and balances energy; improves circulation; eases tension and stiffness; improves breathing, posture and flexibility; enhances wellbeing.
Appointments are available Monday – Saturday. Please contact our reception team on 01284 760020 to book your appointment.