Shiatsu is a form of bodywork that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It originated in Japan from traditional oriental medicine, with influences from Western therapies. Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’
in Japanese, but a practitioner may use their thumbs, palms, elbows or knees for pressing and also use stretches to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow.
Shiatsu is deeply relaxing and gentle form of body therapy. It helps coping with everyday stresses and enhances general well-being. Shiatsu is beneficial to everyone, and regular treatments can help alleviate various stress related symptoms, such as headaches, digestive problems, sleeping trouble and back or other pain.
Most people report sleeping better after a treatment, and they feel lighter, looser and more relaxed.
What to expect in a treatment?
Shiatsu is usually done on a padded mat or futon on the floor, and you remain fully clothed during the treatment.
The practitioner will ask you a few questions about your medical history and lifestyle, and will take a Hara (abdominal) diagnosis to help deciding on the correct treatment plan for you.
A full body treatment lasts approximately 1 hour, or 1.5 hours if you want more stretches and alignment check.
Shorter treatments can be arranged, for example shoulders, neck and back which takes about 30 minutes.
• Do not to eat heavily in the two hours prior to treatment
• Wear loose, comfortable clothing, e.g. jogging trousers and a t-shirt
• After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the flow of changes through the system
• Avoid strenuous or stressful activities after treatment