Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy that originates from Japan. Literally translated Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ & although there is a lot of finger & thumb pressure there are also a number of other techniques used, including stretching & rotation.
Shiatsu is given on a futon mat on the floor & the client is fully clothed. This allows it to be a physical treatment when appropriate.
The aim is to balance the energies within the body to give a sense of alignment & flexibility, flow & rhythm.
Shiatsu uses the same lines of energy (meridians) & pressure points as Acupuncture uses, using thumbs on the points, instead of needles & working the whole meridian.
Each Shiatsu is tailored to that particular client, on that particular day. Every treatment is different & because it is specific it can be a very satisfying form of massage.
Shiatsu is a relaxing experience, the client may well feel deep rest & quiet. Afterwards the client may feel a sense of invigoration or feel energised.
You may like to go to the Shiatsu society website for the information they have about Shiatsu.
A session is an hour long which includes a short consultation with at least 40 minutes of hands-on treatment.
It is best not to eat a large meal in the couple of hours before a treatment & to wear comfortable clothing.
At the end of the treatment the client may feel a little ‘spaced out’ & there is time to come round before heading off.
A session costs £35