By Catriona Murray
One of the comments most often heard from clients on receiving Shiatsu is how much more aware of their bodies they are after a session. Although as Shiatsu practitioners we work actively on our clients' bodies, physically moving joints, applying pressure or movement via our thumbs, elbows, fingers palms and feet, what our clients often do not realise is that 50% of the effort comes from them!
Every movement, every ...
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Healthy Life Centre is a spacious place of calm amidst the buzz of Bread Street in the City Centre. People often comment on feeling more relaxed just by coming through the door! I've been practicing Shiatsu from Heathly Life Centre for three years plus (as well as previously from the lovely bijou Edinburgh Shiatsu Clinic). If you haven't nurtured yourself in a while, book in for a Shiatsu special offer until the end of October 2015 - keep reading.
Relaxing and being aware of your body (as you might be in a Shiatsu session or similar) has its own side-effect - the aches that have faded into perception background suddenly get a spotlight, as do emotions and thoughts we keep well hidden. I am certainly not the only person who has experienced feeling like EVERYTHING in my body is tense, achy and just plain WRONG at the start of a Shiatsu or a massage treatment. This is the start of the process of resolving/ transforming these stale states of being into a healthier you, but it can be a bit of a shock.
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How do they do it? Watching a lion prowling the savannah, or a red setter lolloping along Salisbury Crags, the motion is effortless, no muscle tensed or moved that is not required. True flow, and poetry in motion – the lion lazy, the setter efficient and unfettered.
Why is it that we find it so hard to retain this effortless grace and ease of movement?
It may well be that our thinking minds are the problem … stressful thoughts are echoed in the body in a grumpy, scrunched up face, hunched shoulders, a stoop, as we bow to the pressures of life events, hunch ourselves up to look a bit less imposing, or to push down emotions we’re not keen on feeling …
by Catriona Murray
It pays to pay attention to what you eat and also to how it feels to you. Wholewheat is good in many ways, but a delicate digestion may struggle to deal with the very wholeness of it!! Benefits may come from eating skin on apples, cucumbers and peaches, but if you are delicate in digesting there is no shame in peeling!
New “superfoods”, ingredients and diet suggestions emerge all the time, some of them may well be helpful to You. Staying mindful will hopefully help to “separate the wheat from the chaff”.
Let your body speak to you … and combine a physical therapy or treatment with an increased awareness in other parts of our life. That way you can ensure that any benefits from Shiatsu or other massage treatments extend throughout your life, leading to a greater all-round sense of well-being.
Ever notice how the things that we eat and drink can cause tension in your body?
Allow yourself to eat thoughtfully – turn off the music, dim the chatter. Simply focus on each mouthful. Taste it, chew it, feel the texture. How does it feel going down? Are my lips tingling? Does my nose feel a little stuffy or is a slight band of tension emerging across my forehead? These symptoms could mean you are sensitive to something you are eating.
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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