People often come to Shiatsu for support in making changes such as:
Each change may require us to take small steps, each a tiny change in itself, and many of these tiny changes may involve breaking a habit.
Maybe I come to shiatsu hoping to change the way my body feels (perhaps I feel physical pain, or perhaps I just feel a little 'uncomfortable'). In the course of my treatments, things may start to shift (as muscles relax and tension is eased). And ... as part of the process I may choose to change a habit or two in support of these positive shifts. Changes could be as wide-ranging as dietary habit, exercise or even thought or emotional patterns. Just as an example ... I might choose to sit straight (i.e. stop crossing my legs).
Sounds easy? Well, yes it is, I suppose, it’s so small: .....
simply uncross. Or don’t cross at all.
That's the theory.
But here is where the roadblocks to change can start!
... I’ve sat in this way so often and for so long! ... Somehow I've always thought this was such an elegant position - how I admired the grown-up, glamorous way my mother used to sit, legs casually crossed ... Oh yes, and how I enjoy the extra warmth as I cosy up, legs crossed against the chill from those tenement windows.
And … I’m so disheartened:
It's exactly at this point that we need to activate our self-compassion. It may seem a small change, yet it still requires my own full-hearted support.
And how much easier it will feel if I support:
Just as it's easier for me to make progress with a teacher who encourages (rather than sitting in judgement), so it is easier to make changes if I appreciate me regardless of how easy or difficult the process is for me:
And thank you me:
for choosing to change
and for letting it happen at the pace that suits me.
By Catriona Murray
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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