WHAT IS SHIATSU?
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.
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.