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Full fee Shiatsu:
first session (includes full consultation) 75 mins at £50;
follow ups 60 mins at £45.

Low cost Shiatsu for BeWell members:
first session (includes full consultation) 75 mins at £35;
follow ups 60 mins at £30.

Shiatsu

Shiatsu was developed in Japan more than 1000 years ago – it is a finger-pressure technique utilizing traditional acupuncture points. Shiatsu concentrates on unblocking the flow of life energy and restoring balance in the meridians and organs in order to promote self-healing.

Shiatsu takes place fully clothed on a futon on the floor.

A treatment starts with a Hara (abdomen area) diagnosis which informs the practitioner which meridians need to be balanced.

Then the practitioner applies rhythmic pressure with the finger, thumb, palm, elbow, or knee to specific zones on the skin located along the energy meridians, to stimulate ki (qi, prana or vital energy). Stretches and rotations can also be part of the treatment. Shiatsu is relaxing and gentle to receive. It allows the ki or qi (vital energy) to flow more freely through the body, which allows healing and balance.

The philosophy behind shiatsu is based on Oriental Medical Theory which follows the principles of Chinese Medicine. The focus is on the body’s energetic system and how it relates to the function of our internal organs, emotions, psychological state and therefore our physical and spiritual being. Shiatsu can be very effective in helping people to gain awareness of the mind – body connection which is an extremely important process towards greater health, lifestyle balance and happiness.

The treatment brings about a sense of relaxation while stimulating blood and lymphatic flow. The benefits of this treatment may include pain relief and a strengthening of the body’s resistance to disease and disorder, so shiatsu can be used for general health maintenance. There are various styles of Shiatsu.

Traditional Japanese Shiatsu

Shiatsu literally means finger (Shi) pressure (Atsu) and although Shiatsu is primarily pressure, usually applied with the thumbs, along the meridian lines, extensive soft tissue manipulation and both active and passive exercise and stretching may be part of the treatments. Extensive use of cutaneo-visceral reflexes in the abdomen and on the back are also characteristics of Shiatsu.

The emphasis of Shiatsu is the treatment of the whole meridian; however, effective points are also used. The therapist assesses the condition of the patients body as treatment progresses. Therapy and diagnosis are one.

Five Element Shiatsu

The primary emphasis of Five Element Shiatsu is to identify a pattern of disharmony through use of tongue and pulse examinations and Hara (abdominal) palpation. Hands on techniques and preferences for assessment varies with each practitioner, however Five Element shiatsu emphasizes a gentle approach to treatment with the use of individual combined acupressure points for particular conditions. Considerations of the client’s lifestyle, emotional and psychological factors are all considered important.

Zen Shiatsu

Zen Shiatsu is characterized by the theory of Kyo-Jitsu (a study of where energy is excess or deficient), its physical and psychological manifestations, and its application to abdominal (Hara) diagnosis.

Zen Shiatsu theory is based on an extended meridian system that includes, as well as expands, the location of the traditional acupuncture meridians.

The focus of a Zen Shiatsu session is on the use of the body’s natural energy flow, identified along meridian lines where the energy flow may be adjusted.

In addition, Zen Shiatsu does not adhere to a fixed sequence or set of methods that are applied to all. It utilizes appropriate methods for the unique pattern of each individual. Zen Shiatsu was developed by Shizuto Masunaga.

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