About Shiatsu Massage
Shiatsu is a traditional form of massage that comes from China and Japan. We use gentle pressure with our palms, thumbs or fingers along the body’s energy pathways. This allows blocked energy to release, tense muscles to relax and the body as a whole to revitalise. A treatment is deeply relaxing and has an overall calming effect allowing the body’s self-healing processes to work more effectively. For more information, see Touching Health, Shiatsu, Zen Shiatsu and the Shiatsu Society.
How can Shiatsu benefit me?
Shiatsu can help relieve a variety of health problems, such as: tension and headaches, anxiety and depression, fatigue and insomnia, joint problems, back pain and stiffness, neck and shoulder problems, digestive disorders, respiratory illnesses, circulatory and uro-genital disorders, menstrual problems and PMT.
Can Shiatsu help relieve stress?
Shiatsu not only relieves specific complaints, but also helps to maintain over-all health, bringing relaxation and a feeling of well-being. Many people use Shiatsu preventively to help them keep well, live their lives to the full and counter the effects of everyday stress.
How long is a treatment?
The actual massage takes about 45 minutes but we ask people to leave an hour, so we have time for questions and for you to rest afterwards.
How do I choose which treatment to have?
Shiatsu and Craniosacral Therapy both have their own particular advantages and there are many condtions which could usefully be treated with either. Broadly speaking Shiatsu works more with movement and Craniosacral therapy more with stillness. Unless you already know which treatment you want, we will make a recommendation based on your needs.
How many treatments will I need?
This varies according to why you are coming for Shiatsu. Generally speaking the longer a person has had a problem the longer it will take to treat. Most people with a specific complaint will have several treatments at weekly intervals until some definite improvement is maintained, before decreasing the frequency of treatment. After a course of treatment, many people will still choose to come for Shiatsu on a monthly or seasonal basis to maintain health.
What should I wear?
Loose, comfortable clothing such as track suit trousers.
‘I believe Shiatsu considerably revitalised my emotional energy which in turn helped me to come to terms with my original diagnosis and to regain my physical and mental health. My neurologist could not believe that I was the same person he had seen only three months previously.’