Most people have heard of Shiatsu and probably know that it’s origins are from Japan. So what’s it all about?
The aim of Shiatsu is to help stimulate your natural healing capacity and regular treatments support a healthy immune system, tone the bodies organs and improve the circulation of blood and energy throughout the system.
Literally, Shiatsu translates as finger (Shi) and pressure (atsu). Regular treatments help in managing chronic conditions. However, Shiatsu is also very useful when used preventatively to maintain optimum health and vitality. The bodies vital energy or ‘Ki’ flows through channels called meridians. Of course, when this gets blocked it leads to a state of ill health and you experience symptoms such as aches and pains.
Whilst Shiatsu is based on an Oriental medical model it is intended to be used alongside Western. Consequently, it has come to be known as a ‘Complimentary Therapy’. It is also a ‘holistic’ therapy. Explicitly, the practitioner will look at the whole person: their lifestyle, diet, emotional state, stress factors and living environment. Inasmuch as a western Doctor will focus on the symptom of a disease, a practitioner of Oriental medicine treats the whole person and looks for imbalances that are giving rise to symptoms. Viewing everything in a persons wellbeing as interconnected, not distinct.
Preparing for your first visit
Shiatsu is carried out fully clothed and on a futon (a thin mattress) on the floor. However, please let me know if you would prefer to be treated on a massage table if you have mobility issues or other restrictions. Please wear comfortable clothing such as jogging bottoms and a loose top or sweatshirt.
During the first visit, I will ask you some general questions about your health, lifestyle and medical history. We may discuss your diet, sleep patterns and how you feel emotionally so that I can understand your needs and how Shiatsu could help. Treatment will last about one hour and it is a deeply relaxing experience.
Its preferable to arrive after having a light meal and to drink plenty of water after your treatment.
The Benefits of Shiatsu
Generally, Shiatsu is a good choice if you are looking to improve general relaxation and reduce tension in your body and mind. Complementary therapies can only advertise within the ASA (Advertising Standards Agency) rules and the ASA website states for Shiatsu specifically:
- Shiatsu is a Japanese massage used to stimulate the body’s healing ability by applying pressure to points across the body. The types of claims that are likely to be acceptable are:
- helps relaxation
- improves mood
- aids sleep
- relieves tension
- and the like
- Claims that go beyond improving well-being are not likely to be acceptable.
In conclusion, rather than make any further claims, ask yourself the question. If I find myself sleeping well, more relaxed, less physically tense and in a better mood, have I not improved my ability to resist illness?
I am a very enthusiastic Shiatsu student in my third and final year of training – due to graduate from the Northern School of Shiatsu and Oriental Medicine in July 2018. I will be looking to build my practice for when I graduate and so I have started a clinic that I run from my residential address in Matlock, Derbyshire but I will also offer home visits for those with mobility issues.
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