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Movement Shiatsu


Shiatsu is a holistic bodywork therapy.  It has its roots in Taoist philosophy but this has been integrated with the influences and understandings of western thought.  The practitioner uses touch to stimulate the pressure points and meridians which help maintain health giving flow (Qi) within the body. 

Shiatsu works with stillness and movement, awareness of sensations and breathing.  It uses stretches and joint mobilisations to open and get Qi moving in the body.  It does not use manipulation to get results but depends on our body's own ability to heal, given the conditions to do so.  Qi can best be described as our potential.

Shiatsu treatments have a deeply relaxing effect on the body.  Finger, thumb and palm pressure is mostly used.  It is sustained at a level agreed by you.  

Why have Shiatsu?

Recent research findings from the European Shiatsu Federation (ESF) Pan-European project into the effects and experiences of Shiatsu users found that between 59% and 63% of Shiatsu recipients used Shiatsu to maintain health. 

It also showed that Shiatsu users describe the following as reasons to have Shiatsu: problems with muscles and joints; problems with body structure such as back pain or posture; relaxation and releif of tension and stress; low energy or fatigue; problems with digestion, breathing or blood pressure; menstrual pain; emotional support; self development. 

What is Movement Shiatsu?

Movement Shiatsu has shown that connections exist between Child Developmental Reflexes and the Chinese Meridian system.  In Movement Shiatsu, we are often working with these early patterns, bringing them back into our awareness and re-experiencing the lessons they once offfered us.  In Movement Shiatsu there is also the possibility of your being more consciously involved in the session via dialogue and a process of following sensations.  We can then work with what is appearing in the present moment, bringing appropriate and agreed forms of touch to meet what is surfacing, which I see as the body's intelligence leading us. 

What Happens During a Shiatsu Session?

A Shiatsu treatment normally lasts about an hour.  It is usually given on a futon mat on the floor but can be received in any posiiton you feel comfortable.  You remain fully clothed for the session.  Loose comfortable top and trousers are ideal.  It is best not to have a large intake of food within an hour of coming to the session but be comfortable and not hungry.