WHAT IS SHIATSU?

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Shiatsu originated in Japan, where it was developed from Traditional Chinese Medicine and merged with more recent Western therapies.  A shiatsu treatment is built around the belief that there are energy channels called meridians running through the body. 

 

Although shiatsu means "finger pressure" a number of techniques are used to adjust the body's physical structure and balance the flow of energy through the meridians.

 

Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness, and help maintain health and wellbeing.

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WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A TREATMENT

Each session lasts approximately one hour, though initial consultation is longer in order to take a medical history and determine your current state of health.

 

You remain fully clothed at all times.  Treatments are usually carried out on a futon, however shiatsu can be adapted easily for a massage table or chair.

 

Your whole body will be treated using finger or palm pressure, or sometimes using knees, elbows and feet.  A treatment will include rotations and stretched of the joints and limbs.

 

Following a shiatsu, due to the body's natural healing process, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and of being invigorated yet relaxed.

To get the most from a treatment, wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing - sweatshirt, jogging bottoms and socks are ideal.  It is recommended that you do not eat a heavy meal in the two hours prior to a treatment, or drink alcohol before or after a treatment. Drink plenty of water following shiatsu to aid the flow of changes through the system. If possible avoid strenuous or stressful activities after your session.