What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork, in which the practitioner uses their palms, thumbs, elbows and knees to apply gentle pressure, stretches and manipulation to the client’s whole body to relax and realign the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue, as well as to rebalance the person’s vital energy.
Oriental medicine works on the understanding that at the subtlest level human beings are composed of energy (or ‘ki’), which circulates in various ways – one being via lines or channels (meridians) that run throughout the body. The body remains healthy when a person’s vital energy runs smoothly and evenly throughout the meridians. However, excessive external challenges (eg serious accident or trauma) or internal (mental/emotional) stress can disrupt the flow of energy, causing blockages or deficiency, which manifest in the physical body as a symptom (eg fatigue, back pain or headaches). Body/energy work is an effective way of rebalancing the flow of vital energy, alleviating any associated symptoms and bringing the whole person back into balance.
What happens in a Shiatsu treatment?
Treatments take place on a futon or low treatment couch, with the client wearing loose, comfortable clothing. The first session begins with a case history, to ascertain any symptoms or issues on which the client would like to work. An initial diagnosis, using gentle touch on the abdomen (energy centre), is carried out in order to identify any areas of blockage or deficiency in the meridians.
Gentle pressure, stretches and manipulation are then applied to the whole body along the meridians to help clear or revitalise these, and to relax and realign the whole person.
“I had been suffering from shortness of breath on and off for quite a while. I had six sessions with Silvie…and the difference was enormous. There now seems to be no impediment to my breathing. I thoroughly recommend Silvie’s treatment.” – Richard.
“I have seen Silvie for Shiatsu and Cranio Sacral Therapy, and have been amazed at the treatments and by Silvie herself as a therapist. She has an exceptional gift and, over time, works at an incredibly deep level, yet this is the gentlest treatment I have ever received…I have experienced a feeling of being more relaxed, grounded and truly balanced.” – BF