Shiatsu massage for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is around the corner & I offer gift vouchers for Shiatsu massage. Shiatsu is a nurturing & supportive touch & for hard-working mum’s, it can be the perfect treat. Mum’s spend their days nurturing others, putting others first & thinking of others. This can cause imbalances in the body, Shiatsu can help rebalance the body & give sense of relaxation & invigoration.

If you are interested in purchasing gift vouchers then get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page. It’s a little late to post vouchers now but you can always give an i.o.u or I’m happy to meet up in the Exeter area for pick up. 

Shiatsu massage for daily use

Shiatsu massage is a form of massage originating from Japan. I have never been lucky enough to study Shiatsu in Japan but from what I understand it is a very pragmatic form of therapy there. The client is assessed & a treatment is given, not much discussion about emotional or spiritual condition of the client. 

Shiatsu can be used very prescriptively for some daily complaints or conditions. I use Shiatsu massage on myself & my family quite regularly. I may massage my children’s hands if they are in distress or their feet if they are over-excited. I have helped my husband when he had back ache & will often work his legs & feet to support tiredness & need for rest. I use Shiatsu to help me keep pushing through when I am tired, like most parents. I have used it for eye tiredness, headaches, tight shoulders, painful hips, menstrual issues & restless legs. It’s also possible to help digestive issues with self Shiatsu. I also used it for well-being for us all, for relaxation before bed.

I pass relevant information into clients for them to use for themselves & their families. If you are interested in knowing more so get in touch through the contact me page.

Shiatsu break 

I have had to have the best part of the week off, no Shiatsu & plenty of bed. Our eldest son started school this year & I definitely feel like a first time school parent, I’ve caught everything he has bought home. I can only hope that I am building up my immune system as I hope he is. 

This time the virus has been a particularly nasty one & definitely the flu. I’m not going to go into details but just to say it’s been days & days in bed. I have used a few Shiatsu points to support various things. I have had an earache & pain on the side of my face. I have managed to help relieve this using points both around the ear but also down into the arms, wrist & hand. I also had restless legs & l used points for moving the energy in the legs which relieve this symptom & allowed me to sleep. Both of these have been so important & allowed me to rest.

I love that Shiatsu has this ‘first aid’ aspect to it, I forget that I use it almost daily on my family & myself. If you are interested in finding out more get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page.

Shiatsu massage, Exeter, Devon

I offer gentle but powerful Shiatsu massage here in Exeter, Devon. Shiatsu originates from Japan & literally translated means ‘thumb pressure.’

As Shiatsu is given on a mat on the floor it can be quite an active massage, when appropriate.

It’s relaxing & also invigorating 

If you like to know more please get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page

Shiatsu massage for motivation & focus

Here we are again on a Sunday evening. Lots of us are running around preparing for Monday & the week ahead. I have chosen to take a break from the organising to write this blog! 

Sunday evenings used to fill me with dread – the feeling used to creep up on me from mid morning, building to its strongest as I tried to get to sleep on a Sunday evening. I had a stressful & not particularly happy-making job. I had chosen to take the job so that I could make the move back to Devon from the Manchester area but the pay off was a long commute on slow, winding Devon roads & a job that was unthankful & relentless when I finally got there. The pay was ok & pretty good for Devon but I spent a majority of it on petrol & car upkeep, then had very little time to spend the rest of it in. 

I was unsure how I would be able to change my situation, I couldn’t see any options & felt trapped. Sunday evenings were the worst. Not long after starting this job I began my Shiatsu training, the first few months of the 3 year diploma course that I completed in 2010.  I started to do energy work consistently for the first time in my life. I had done yoga & tai chi & meditation at times but I threw myself into my Shiatsu practice & the exercise & meditation to support it.

I began to feel a fluidity that I hadn’t felt for a long time, I started to see options & opportunities to make changes. I began to feel healthy in body & mind & started to have more energy. I felt more focused & driven & able to take advantage of what opportunities life showed up. Within the first year of my Shiatsu course I had found a new, happier & lot less stressful job. I felt supported & respected by my employer. I did unfortunately spilt with my partner but actually this was a positive change, if not sad at the time.  I made new friends & found new interests.

I really believe in Shiatsu massage as a form of therapy that can support people to make changes that they hope or wish to make. I have had clients who have felt stuck, who have then felt more movement & energy after their Shiatsu & have been able to implement changes in their lives. 

If you are feel the ‘Sunday fear’ & feel it’s time to see if you can find a new path then maybe Shiatsu massage will be able to help. It can really transform lives. Get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page or my Facebook page. I work in Exwick, Exeter, Devon on Tuesday’s,  Wednesday’s & Saturday’s. 

Shiatsu event – North Devon – April

Here’s a reminder that I will be at this event next month. Offering sessions of Shiatsu for just £15. 

You can book in advance here North Devon Mind Body Soul Festival

 You can see more about the event here Facebook event

Shiatsu stretch for spring

Following on from my blog yesterday, about Spring really starting to happen, here is a stretch which is really good for this time of year. It is a strong stretch so take it gently, listen to your body & only do what feels right. 

Shiatsu has six stretches that support the twelve meridians, lines of energy in the body. Each stretch supports a pair of meridians, this stretch relates to the wood energy, within the 5 elements, the form of diagnosis that Shiatsu uses. There can be a tightness within these meridians that can make you feel inflexible. You can feel like you are unclear of what direction to take, or that you are unable to adapt emotionally to situations. You may get headaches or eye issues. Stretching is really helpful. It can get the flow of energy moving thriugh the meridians & can help you feel fluid on thought & emotion too.

Here’s a photo of the stretch. 

It is possible to do this stretch with only one leg straight & the other folded up. Also if you can’t reach your foot, don’t worry just go as far as is comfortable. Hold the stretch for a couple of slow breathes then repeat on other side. Rotations of the shoulders, back twists & inner thigh stretches are also good for these meridians. 

Shiatsu, the Spring & joint pain

Today has been the first proper spring like day, down here in Exeter, Devon. It felt almost tropical (!) with a temperature of a staggering 15 degrees. Look I know that’s not hot but it’s a good 5 degrees warmer than the last few days.

I have been confined to the house for most the week, thanks to a sick child, so stepping out today felt extra surprising. We headed to the allotment, which me & my boys love. Within minutes we were stripped to t-shirts, water fights were taking place & seeds were being planted. Happy Spring days.

I am not as young as I used to be, I do generally keep fit & healthy. However my knees ached when I knelt over the strawberry patch, trying to weed. Also my shoulders & neck have been more stiff than usual recently & my hip felt sore as we walked home.

I have noticed within my Shiatsu massage treatments that the meridians, lines of energy in the body, that relate to the Spring time of year, have started to be more present in a majority of my clients. It happens at the time every year & always takes me by surprise. It shouldn’t, I know, but my clients diagnosis changes, just for a bit around now.

The meridians that relate to this time of year govern decision making, planning & plotting, they have symtoms including headaches, eye problems & sore joints! So no surprise that my joints ache more than usual then. 

The spring energy is very strong & it is easy to get carried away in the excitement of some warm weather & more energy. Bit like my boys with their water fight, they soaked each other, ran around laughing then five minutes later they were both crying, cold & uncomfortable & upset with each other. Spring is the time for planning & planting ideas, not for trying to acheive too much. There will be warmer weather & longer days to do that, later in the year.

If you think Shiatsu may be able something you’d like to try get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page. I work in Exeter, Devon on Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s & Saturday’s.

& relax….have a Shiatsu

Photo’s of my peaceful & relaxing Shiatsu massage practice room in Exwick, Exeter, Devon

& a photo of a brilliant lower back stretch

I practice Shiatsu massage on tuesday’s, Wednesday’s & Saturday’s – you can get in touch through the contact me page. Also like my Facebook page for details of events & special offers.

Supported Shiatsu 

It is important to feel comfortable when having a Shiatsu massage. As it is given on a futon mat on the floor some pepple may feel that they arent gojmg to able to have a Shiatsu massage. If it some possible to get to the floor seated Shiatsu is possible. If a client can get to the floor there are various positions that they can lie in, to ensure comfort. They can also be supported in various ways. Cushions can be placed to ease tension.

A large roll can be placed under the knees to support any discomfort in the lower back.

Shiatsu can be given with the client lying in their side. This can support clients with back pain or hip or shoulder issues. 

Shiatsu massage is fairly adaptable & is suitable for all. It is possible to work on the body in many differnet ways & still get a great affect, the client feeling relaxed but energized. It is also possible to work an injury or condition without working right on the specific area. This can be really helpful if the area is painful or inflamed or if the client is unable to lie in the most ideal position. 
I work in Exwick, Exeter, in a quiet & peaceful practice room. I work Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s & Saturday’s. I offer appointments on Wednesday evenings for those who work. To discuss please contact me through the ‘contact me’ page.