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Do a little experiment with me:
Do you notice any difference?
I do. At first I was slightly ungrounded and grumpy. Then, after the breaths, I felt more focused and cheerful. I had a slight pain in my temple: this was less after the breathing.
Breathing is an essential physiological function, and also a way to help focus our minds on the present moment.
Using our breath, or even simply choosing to pay attention to how we feel, physically, emotionally, perhaps even spiritually, can be of great help in looking after ourselves as entire beings. If we can be aware of how we feel, now, then it is easier for us to notice if that changes, e.g. with certain foods, physical activities or positions, even with certain people. By increasing our awareness of how we feel, we are already helping ourselves adjust: we are aware of what feels good, not so good, or even downright bad, and what we can adjust to change that for the better.
You may also like Maria's article from last August: Relax if you dare
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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