Shiatsu is a physical and energy based therapy.
It takes place fully clothed on a futon on the floor. Please wear or bring loose comfortable clothing, including long sleeves and socks.
A treatment starts with a Hara (abdomen area) diagnosis which informs the practitioner which meridians need to be balanced.
Shiatsu involves palm, finger, thumb, elbow, knee pressure applied to the meridians (pathways of vital energy) and the traditional acupuncture points throughout the body. 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.
“Often the hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.” Carl Jung
Following the first Shiatsu treatment, a person may experience what is known as a ’healing crisis’. This could be cold or flu like symptoms, aches, pains or headaches. These symptoms are a side effect of all the main systems in the body being stimulated and encouraged to heal. These symptoms never last longer than 24 hours and decrease with each treatment.
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.
Shiatsu was first practiced in China and Japan over two thousand years ago. During its development the philosophy and techniques originated from a form of healing called Anma, used to heal various ailments.
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language, and the last, and it always tells the truth” Margaret Atwood
What is Shiatsu good for?
Shiatsu massage has many benefits:
- Eases Stress and muscle pain
- Improves sleep quality
- Relieves constipation
- Improves the skin
- Eases pain due to arthritis
- Aids in post stroke recovery
Full fee Shiatsu:
first session (includes full consultation) 50 mins at £50;
follow ups 50 mins at £50.
I graduated from the three year diploma course in 1998. Paul Lundberg was my main teacher, although I had the chance to experience many different approaches during the training, from other wonderful and well known teachers.
Soon after graduating, I was offered a place at Cortijo Romero, an alternative holiday centre in Southern Spain, to work as a Shiatsu practitioner. Although I didn’t take the position, I did continue to practice shiatsu on a casual basis until a few years later when I practiced full time from home along with aromatherapy massage. I now offer Shiatsu from Anahata once a week.
I see shiatsu as a great way for people to become more in touch with their physical bodies.
I feel that this specific way of working with the body helps those receiving it, to activate their own innate healing abilities. I find therapeutic touch to be of paramount importance to maintain emotional balance and feelings of well being.
“Cheryl is a skilled and empathetic professional therapist who helped me to relax and sort out some stiffness in my joints, using gentle rotations and the use of Acupressure points. It really helped me with my flexibility. I recommend Cheryl and Shiatsu without reservation. Thank you Cheryl.” Dyhani
“I recently benefited from a Shiatsu session with Cheryl. I immediately felt at ease with her calm and easy demeanor. During the session she was centered and focused. Pressure was a little lighter that I’m used to but was appropriate for how I was feeling on the day. The hour seemed to flow by! I left with less twinges and more ease in my body. Overall more relaxed and calm. Thanks Cheryl.” Tim