Shiatsu and bodywork
I am a qualified shiatsu therapist with over 15 years of experience. I have also studied Thai Massage, Cherokee (Native American) Bodywork and Stretch Therapy, among other modalities. Sessions are available by appointment.
Developing presence through bodywork is a core aspect of the way I work. My interests lie in awakening and re-patterning the body through touch, stretch and movement. Our bodies are the doorway to our true natures. Shiatsu and bodywork bring us back to ourselves and you will observe this in how grounded and present you feel after receiving a treatment.
Shiatsu is more than a physical therapy, however. It can assist with the treatment of and the recovery from chronic illness and disease; it also helps address emotional and mental problems to lift vitality and energy.
My approach to treatment is holistic and collaborative, working with you to get to the bottom of any condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does shiatsu work?
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese accupressure that incorporates a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) therapeutic approach. The word shiatsu literally translates as ‘finger pressure’.
Shiatsu works by moving qi (energy) through the meridians (channels) of the body and creating balance by removing blockages and obstructions, and revitalising stagnant or ‘kyo’ (diminished) areas.
Treatments are performed on a futon or on a massage table. You are fully clothed, making it less invasive than other forms of bodywork.
What can I expect in a treatment?
My sessions incorporate applied pressure with hands, thumbs, elbows, forearms, feet and knees. This is combined with stretching, strengthening and rotation. I also use moxabustion (a form of external heat therapy) and oriental cupping and I am qualified to offer dietary and lifestyle advice from both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurvedic perspectives.
There is also the option of vibrational healing using a didgeridoo at the end of each treatment.
Does shiatsu hurt?
No. Shiatsu pressure can be either gentle or firm but always aims to meet where you’re at. It can sometimes be intense but is generally described as ‘good pain’!
What conditions is shiatsu good for?
Shiatsu and bodywork can be of benefit to a range of conditions including (although not limited to):
- Neck, back and shoulder pain
- Chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia
- Digestive Issues
- Menstrual and pregnancy issues
- Insomnia and sleep problems
- Poor concentration and memory
- Low energy
- Emotional wellbeing
- Autoimmune conditions
- Chronic Pain
Shiatsu is also of benefit to infants and children.
How will I feel afterwards?
Shiatsu will generally leave you feeling blissed out and lightheaded. Do not operate heavy machinery immediately after a shiatsu and make sure that you keep hydrated with water as well as refraining from alcohol and caffeine or other stimulants.
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