Jenny has just moved her practice to a brand new Nepalese-inspired treatment space/Cafe/ Yoga Studio/ shop - Santosa in Albert Street, just off Leith Walk. I met her there to have a nosy and find out more on her take on Shiatsu.
Santosa is a beautiful place- spacious, welcoming and full of tempting goodies. We occupy a couple of comfy sofas and prepare to talk about bodywork, but our conversation inevitably turns to the EU Referendum fallout.
It seemed important not to skim over this, so here are some thoughts on the supportive things you can do for yourself and those around you, including some calming acupressure points and a meditation to try.
"Strong emotions have been the order of the day recently. As the UK struggles to wake up to the possibility of life outside of the EU, we are all dealing with our own emotions – shock, anger, disbelief, fear, confusion. Many people may be feeling joy, if the result was in line with their wishes. In these situations we can get caught up in what is called ‘emotional contagion’. This is where we literally ‘catch’ other people’s emotions as though we were catching a virus. We get caught up in collective fear or anger. It works the same way with happiness, but sadly that seems to be in short supply just now.. " - get some practical support from an Edinburgh-based mindfulness expert Ashley Watson
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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