What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a holistic Japanese healing art that emerged out of the fusionMG_9664-small of acupuncture and Japanese traditional massage. Treatments are done on a futon (Japanese mat), fully clothed. Remember to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. The theory behind Shiatsu is based in Chinese Medecine. Shiatsu increases the body’s ability to heal itself.

It does this by accelerating all body processes such as hormonal and lymphatic circulation, elimination of toxins and stimulation of the immune system. The benefits of this are relaxation of the mind and body, an easing of tensions and stiffness and an enhanced wellbeing.

Shiatsu can treat:

  • Muscular-skeletal problems such as back pain, whiplash injuries, sciatica, etc…
  • Systemic problems such as slow digestion, asthma, menstrual or menopausal problems, poor circulation.
  • Stress and related symptoms such as migraines, chronic fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression…

Pre- and post-natal treatments

MG_9829-smallPregnant women are not spared aches and pains and since shiatsu is done on the ground on a futon it makes it easy and comfortable to work lying on the side. Shiatsu can also be a good preparation for delivery. If the threat of induction is near I offer a natural induction treatment. I can work on all the acupressure points and channels related to delivery.

This treatment can be offered from the 38th week and has had great success. Post-natal aches, a sore lower back or aching shoulders from breastfeeding will be eased by shiatsu as well.

 

Shiatsu for children

 

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