Heart and Soul Ceremonies
Shiatsu Session
Shiatsu Session

What is Shiatsu/Acupressure

Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “shi” finger and “atsu” pressure – healing with hands.
It is a system of healing based on the principle that our health is dependent on the balanced functioning of our body’s life energy, qi (pronounced chee). Qi flows through the body, concentrated in meridians/channels beneath the skin. When there is an imbalance of qi the body sends out distress signals such as:

  • headaches
  • neck and shoulder pain
  • back pain
  • PMS and menstrual difficulties
  • digestive problems
  • stress
  • fatigue
  • depression

Symptoms such as these indicate that qi must be rebalanced to restore health.

Techniques & Diagnosis

Shiatsu uses hand pressure and manipulative techniques which can help to adjust the body’s physical structure and its natural inner energies, “qi”, and so help with everyday problems and maintain good health.

Healing with hands (thumbs, fingers, and elbows) is the oldest form of medicine. Activating the acupressure points on the meridians (channels), deep breathing, and gentle stretching influences the energy flow within the body.
Shiatsu uses a variety of techniques for diagnosis such as examining the face, tongue and pulse; looking, listening, touching; and stretching of meridians.

It includes the philosophy of the “five elements”; relaxation techniques; and advice on diet and exercises.

Shiatsu is suitable for anybody who is interested in their own body, health and growth, and helps to encourage self-healing potential.

Guidelines for clients

  1. You will need to tell me in advance if you are pregnant or if  you have recently undergone a major medical procedure, for example surgery or radiotherapy.
  2. If applicable, bring details of current medical diagnosis and any medication you may be taking.
  3. It is best not to eat heavy meals or drink alcohol on the day of treatment. Have a light meal at least one hour before your session.
  4. Shiatsu is received lying on a comfortable mat on the floor, and loose (preferable cotton) clothing is the best thing to wear.
  5. You do not need to be ill to benefit from receiving Shiatsu. Even if you are healthy, you will enjoy the relaxation and vitalisation that a Shiatsu session offers.
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