Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person - not just the physical body, but also the psychological, emotional and spiritual being.
Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and mobilising techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.
Shiatsu is done on a futon mat and you will be asked to wear loose, comfortable clothing for comfort and ease of movement. It is best to wait at least 1hr after a full meal before having shiatsu. As part of your first shiatsu session Sarah will take your case history. This helps her to be able to tailor the treatment to your individual needs. Your initial session will last 1.5hrs. Follow up sessions are 1hr each. At the beginning of a treatment (although not always) a hara diagnosis is taken. This invloves gentle pressure over the abdomen which gives a clearer picture of what areas need to be given more attention. During the session a mixture of pressure applied with fingers, thumbs, palms, knees and the flat of the elbows can be used. Stretches and mobilisation of limbs and joints is commonly used. Increasingly Sarah is encorporating techniques of stillness and holding which are very effective approaches to resolving deeper patterns of ill health, emotional issues and trauma.
This will differ from person to person. Sarah will advise you on the optimum frequency of sessions based on your individual requirements. In many cases however, it is beneficial to have a number of sessions in close succession e.g. 1 session per week for a month and then reduce to a lesser frequency as changes are made and felt e.g. 1 session every 2 weeks/month. If health is generally good then one session per month is ideal to maintain equilibrium and keep in touch with the changing needs of the body and mind through the seasons, life stages and events.