These testimonials were from our previous incarnation as the Edinburgh Shiatsu Clinic. We provide them here to show what others have said about their experience of Shiatsu.
“I tried Shiatsu after experiencing some pain in my lower back from a sports injury. I can honestly say that even after the first session I felt a noticeable difference.” John, IT specialist
Written by Bonnie Thomson. Introduction by Maria Shlumukova.
Originally published on the Edinburgh Shiatsu Clinic website in September 2013.
If you’re suffering from anxiety you may think “Oh, I am constantly aware! I wish I was less mindful of all the stuff I’m thinking about/ feeling! ” It’s a fair point, but the awareness you are experiencing may have a very narrow, critical focus.
Imagine you’re having your morning cup of tea or coffee. Have you thought about what you feel like having before making it? Noticed the steam rising from the cup? Appreciated the first sip? Or did you spend the entire time milling over just how tired you are, what aches and what “gifts” today is going to chuck at you?
Exercising mindfulness can help you be more engaged in your own life experiences and the rich world around you. It may also stop you from scolding yourself with that steaming tea!
Shiatsu is a holistic complementary therapy that uses touch to create ideal conditions for self-healing, encourage physical and emotional health & well-being.
Therapists combine acupressure, massage, flowing movement and joint rotations to disperse tension, reduce pain, promote relaxation and healthy functioning of body systems (circulation, breathing, digestion etc.).
Shiatsu translates as ‘finger pressure’ and is based on traditional Japanese massage. The therapists apply pressure using fingers, thumbs, palms and elbows and combine it with other techniques. Guided by their experience & knowledge of physiology and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners tailor the depth of pressure and techniques used to help you get the most out of your precious time and money.
The pressure points used are the same as those used in acupuncture, but there are no needles involved. The treatment is done through clothes on a futon or a massage table.
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.
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.
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. Shiatsu massage every 2-4 weeks or so can also be a really enjoyable way of looking after yourself and preventing disease. We offer discounts for booking a few sessions at a time.
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.
What do I wear?
You remain fully clothed during the treatment, so do wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, such as a T-shirt or sweatshirt and a pair of tracksuit bottoms or leggings, together with a pair of socks. You can change at the clinic if you prefer.
This text originally appeared on the website for the Edinburgh Shiatsu Clinic.
Find out more on the Shiatsu Society website.
Find out more on the Shiatsu Society website.
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.
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