What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a gentle, non-intrusive Japanese massage which works with the body’s energy, known as ki (in Japanese) and qi (in Chinese). The word ‘Shiatsu’ translates as ‘finger pressure’, though techniques can also involve hand pressure, stretching, squeezing, tapping, stroking and rubbing in order to release muscles and improve circulation of Blood and Ki around the body.
Shiatsu techniques I use works on the same acupressure points and principles as Acupuncture. These techniques restore balance and harmony via energetic pathways known as meridians, or channels. Shiatsu can touch a person on lots of different levels, including physical and emotional problems. It offers time and space to replenish energy and, if used over a period of time, it can help support positive changes in your life.
What happens when I book a session?
When you book a session, I will ask for your name, telephone number and email address. I will then email you a booking confirmation form which outlines your appointment date and time, what to expect in the first session, how to find the centre and cancellation policy.
What happens during the first session?
I will ask you detailed questions about what issue you would like to have addressed, then some general questions about your health.
What to expect in a shiatsu session
A session lasts an hour, though the first session may take up to an hour and a half, due to the health questions I will need to ask you. You will be asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing and to lie on either a futon (floor mattress), or a massage table. During the session, you will experience gentle stationery pressure on areas of your body, as well as gentle stretches and rotations to regain balance in your body.
What happens after the session?
You may feel tired, thirsty and very relaxed! It may be wise to wait a while before driving. Drink plenty of water, as this will help flush out toxins which have been released from your muscles.
The day after your shiatsu session, you may physically and emotionally better. Alternatively, you may feel physically or emotionally worse for a day. This is seen as positive, as this can be part of the healing process.
Can I claim on any private health insurance like Simply Health or HSA?
Unfortunately, you will not be able to claim for Shiatsu.
Does Shiatsu hurt?
You may experience a ‘therapeutic pain’ where I work on tight or aching muscles. This pain is described as a good pain or stretch and what you feel is the release of the fascia, the muscle tissues are relaxing.
Should I tell my doctor?
You should let your doctor know if you are having a complementary therapy. Please let your complementary therapist know if you are taking medication.