What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu translates as ‘finger pressure’ and is based on traditional Japanese massage. Combining acupressure, massage, flowing movement and joint rotations helps to disperse tension, reduce pain, promote relaxation and healthy functioning of the body systems (circulation, breathing, digestion etc.). Shiatsu therapists are guided by their experience & knowledge of physiology and traditional Chinese medicine and apply pressure using fingers, thumbs, palms and elbows and combine it with other techniques.
The aim is to create conditions for self-healing, encourage physical and emotional health & well-being. You might even find your life starts to change for the better in new unexpected ways as you become better equipped to take on its challenges and adventures!
What conditions does Shiatsu treat? Clients come to us with a whole range of physical and emotional conditions, such as lower back pain, anxiety, depression, digestion problems, pregnancy-related complaints, joint mobility issues… The list is far from exclusive. Many of our clients come regularly to de-stress and maintain their quality of life.
Is your mind buzzing or is plain overloaded? Shiatsu bodywork is a perfect way to release tension, let go of the aches and allow you to focus on the current moment!
How will I feel afterwards? Immediately after the session you might be less stressed and achy, or feel relaxed, rejuvenated and full of bounce. The effects are individual and change over time, for example, you may be sleepy immediately after the session, then full of energy in the next few days.
We aim to encourage flow of energy, to get you un-stuck, both physically and mentally, so you may become more aware of aches, experience uncomfortable emotions or memories. This is perfectly normal part of the healing process and with a bit of time and rest you can find yourself in a much better place. Your practitioner will be happy to discuss any concerns and offer guidance.
Do I need to come regularly to get any benefit? If you would like to address a particular health concern it can take a number of sessions to get it shifted. Your response is very individual, but in general you should expect to see some changes after two or three sessions. Shiatsu massage every 2-4 weeks or so can be a really enjoyable way of looking after yourself and preventing disease. Get a discount on block bookings to save money and see lasting change.
Lots of people come to us from time to time, for example when going through a stressful patch at work – a one-off session can make a real difference.
Am I too old/inflexible/muscly/frail/anxious...? Shiatsu's great strength is its versatility - it adjusts to your needs and compliments other kinds of treatments. It can be enjoyed and benefited from by young, old, men or women, during pregnancy, after birth, following an operation - just let the practitioner know what's happening with you before the session .
What do I do/wear? All you need to do is bring yourself and relax as much or as little as you can. You'll be either on a floor-level futon or a massage table. You also stay clothed during the session - just wear your comfiest stretchiest gear and chill out.
Find out more on the Shiatsu Society website