Shiatsu is a holistic massage therapy from Japan with its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Like western massage it works with the physical structures of the body - muscles, joints and fascia. Unlike western massage it also works with the body's Qi (Chi) – variously translated as energy or lifeforce – I think of it as our vitality.
Western science and bodywork practices have helped us to understand much about how the body works, including anatomy, physiology, and pathology (the study of disease). Meanwhile Oriental health practices developed over millennia (think t’ai chi, meditation, and acupuncture but also herbs, massage, exercises and diet), have concentrated on promoting good health, as opposed to treating illness. Shiatsu brings the best of these two worlds together.
Stuck Qi will create symptoms on a physical and/or emotional level eg pain, headaches, digestive issues, anxiety, anger, insomnia etc. Through relaxing tension, re-energising weak areas and helping different areas of your body to work together more harmoniously Shiatsu is able to release and restore the flow of Qi throughout your body. As your Qi starts to flow more smoothly then your body will be able to function better, and you will feel much more vibrantly alive, and in-tune with yourself.
I practise Shiatsu Shintai, a form of shiatsu developed by Saul Goodman with an emphasis on clearing stress from your body and stimulating your body’s own healing potential.
I specialise in working with stress and chronic health issues (from the niggles to the biggies) that are affecting someone’s quality of life. Too many people struggle when they don’t have to.
"Shiatsu has simply helped me to enjoy life more"