Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on healing art originating from Japan. Although Shiatsu means “finger pressure” in Japanese, in reality a practitioner will use touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular sessions will help prevent the build-up of stress generated by our daily life. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.
Each session lasts approximately 45 minutes. Your first session may be slightly longer since your practitioner will need to ask for and record the details of your current state of health, lifestyle, medical history and conditions.
Clients remain fully clothed at all times. We recommend that you wear loose, warm and comfortable clothes or bring some to change into.
During the session you will typically be lying on a padded mat or futon at floor level to receive the treatment, although it is sometimes possible to receive Shiatsu whilst seated. Your practitioner will treat your whole body by applying finger or palm pressure to specific points of your body, sometimes also using elbows, knees and feet, if needed. Shiatsu treatments can also involve rotation and stretches of joints and limbs, depending on the type of ailment to be treated.
Following Shiatsu and due to the body’s natural healing process, you may either feel strongly energized or very relaxed, even slightly tired. You may wish to rest for an hour or two after receiving your Shiatsu treatment to experience its full benefit. You can help the body’s healing and cleansing process by drinking plenty of water after the session.
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