What Is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese healing art literally translated as finger pressure. Having its roots in Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu is a system of healing and health maintenance using pressure and focused touch to stimulate the body’s natural healing ability. It is a way to connect with the energy of the body and move or disperse that energy throughout the system.
Why Is Shiatsu So Popular?
Health benefits aside, Shiatsu treatments are deeply relaxing, still and meditative, stretching and opening - and you don’t have to get undressed! Afterwards you feel energised and often have a peaceful feeling within which remains with you after treatment. Regular receivers find they sleep better and their symptoms are significantly reduced. Structural and postural problems improve and stress and tension seem to melt away. Overall Shiatsu receivers adopt a more relaxed, healthier and balanced approach to life.
How does Shiatsu Work?
Every body has a connective tissue network which supports and contains every cell and drop of fluid within. It wraps virtually every tissue formation we have continually growing and dispersing to accommodate changes in our bodies. Inactivity of the muscles and joints leads to a build up or overgrowth of connective tissue causing pain. Body work moves things around via the connective tissue. Skilful manipulation creates fluidity of the organic system and therefore the mind as the connective tissue does what it says – connects all tissue together. Shiatsu works on the meridians (channels of energy running throughout the body) and the acupuncture points. Gentle stretches and breathing techniques enhance the overall flow and release of qi (a Chinese word roughly translated as energy or life force which Western scientists call bio-energy).
Why Do I Need Shiatsu?
If you have ever felt anxiety or stress you are probably aware of a physical pain associated with this, possibly neck pain or headache, shoulder pain or upset tummy. These are all signs of an imbalance in the flow of qi within the body. Pain is a sign that something is wrong – the qi is not flowing smoothly. We can ignore the pain but often the problem remains, possibly going deeper becoming dis-ease. You don’t have to be ill to benefit from Shiatsu as it harmonises the qi promoting health and strengthening the body’s own healing ability.
What Happens In a Shiatsu Session?
After taking a lifestyle and medical history Jean makes an energetic evaluation taking into account any symptoms you may have. The treatment is given on a soft futon mattress on the floor or, if unable to get on to the floor, in a chair or on a table. It’s best to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Focused perpendicular pressure is applied using fingers and palms, sometimes elbows or knees, to release and restore the flow of qi. Gentle stretches and rotations are applied if required.
Shin Tai Shiatsu
Shiatsu Shin Tai is a precise and highly effective healing touch therapy developed by Saul Goodman. It expands on traditional Shiatsu massage to create an evolutionary system of diagnosis and technique that stimulates the flow of life force in the body. A unique synthesis of structural, fascia, meridian and chakra technique, this theraputic body work clears stress from the body and naturally stimulates the flow of energy. The treatment is given on a body cushion adjusted accordingly to allow the spine to float freely in it's natural alignment and to give the skeletal structure maximum support and comfort.
How much does a Shiatsu treatment cost?
A 1 hour session costs £35 plus room hire
A treatment in your home costs £35 plus travel
Shiatsu sessions in a massage chair can be arranged at your place of work if required cost to be arranged
"Shin Tai means 'Source Body'. It is a form of bodywork that seeks to find and treat at the most appropriate level of the receivers energy system" SAUL GOODMAN
Shin Tai is most effective with the receiver lying on a body cushion, correctly set up, to keep the client's spine aligned, if lying in prone, or to keep the chest and Hara open, if in supine.
The three Extra Ordinary Meridians used in Shin Tai work are:
Central Channel or Chong Mai termed as both the Sea of the Twelve Regular Channels and the Sea of Blood. This runs vertically through the centre of the torso.
Conception Vessel or Ren Mai known as the Sea of Yin. This runs up the midline of the abdomen from the perineum to the chin. The vessel runs through the Hara or Sea of Energy. It is literally our physical and energetic core - our belly wherein our organs and intestines sit.
Governing Vessel or Du Mai known as the Sea of Yang. This runs up the midline of the spine from the perineum to the crown and to the palate
By observing the movement and micro-movement of the breath through the receiver's body and energy field, noting any areas of constriction or emptiness, the practitioner is able to assess the type of treatment required. If, for example, the clients breathing pattern is just beginning a wave like motion alongside a horizontal breathing pattern, then a more physical, hands-on type of treatment is required. If, however, the breath is moving vertically through the spine into the shoulders, arms and through the legs, then an extremely light touch (like a butterfly landing on the skin) may be required. The more motion into the whole body, created by the breath, the more life force is being recovered.
Shin Tai has the ability to activate the receivers inner force regenerating power and energy, enabling healing and will. Shin Tai doesn't fix or cure but activates the energetic healing and physical force - the receiver's body does the work.