Category Archives: 5 elements

Shiatsu in the Summertime, Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

It has been an interesting week of Shiatsu, the meridians (lines of energy) in the body that relate to the summertime have been really prominent in the treatments. They seem to be even more prominent than other Summers. The weather has been so warm & it has been a ‘real’ Summer, so far & this has fed people’s Fire energy, the energy that relates to this time of year.  
So what does this mean – there are positive & negative results. The Fire energy is strong & burns brightly, it is perfect for socialising, doing lots of things & making the most of the time.   All my clients this week have been doing a lot & finding that they have the energy to do so.  The warmness in the body has helped the energy move well & change quickly, resulting in symptoms easing & tension releasing.

Heat rises & this is what happens when there is an excessive of Fire energy, it goes up into the shoulders, neck & head. It creates tension & too much heat in the head. Emotions can also become too big & hot & potentially explosive. In general there has been an excessive of heat in client’s bodies, of course it is the Summer, however this has felt abnormally hot.

So what to do in this beautiful Summer? Make the most of it! Socialise, party, get out there

Rembember that the Fire energy is strong, particularly this year. Take time to sit & be still, in a cool place. Drink plenty of water. Try to moderate your intake of sugar, alcohol, spice & other stimulants. All of this will help stop your energy rising, from getting too hot, from emotions exploding or burn-out happening.

And of course Shiatsu massage can really help! I found this week that people’s bodies were particularly malleable & this meant a lot could be achieved quite quickly & easily in a treatment. If you would like to know more or book a treatment get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page.

How does Shiatsu massage differ? Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

I get asked, quite often, how Shiatsu massage differs from other forms of massage. It’s both hard & easy to answer this question! It is difficult to really know what people’s experience of massage is, as there are so many different types & different practitioners, so it’s hard to compare. It is easier to explain what Shiatsu is…..

 Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy that originates from Japan. It uses Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) & touch as it’s forms of diagnosis. It works to balance the energy in the body, using the same pressure points & meridians (lines of energy) that Acupuncture & Acupressure use. It uses a lot of massage techniques, palming, thumbing, rotations & stretches. The whole body is worked. It can help with physical, mental or emotional issues or concerns. 

The big differences to massage (ones I’ve had anyway) are:

  • Shiatsu is given on a futon mat on the floor
  • It is always given through clothes
  • It is never the same, it is tailored to that client, on that day
  • It can be quite physical, when appropriate, with stretches & rotations of joints

If you would like to know more about Shiatsu you may want to visit the Shiatsu Society website.

I have a Facebook page for details of events & offers.

You can have a look at the other pages on this site, where there is information & photos.

You are welcome to get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page with any questions or queries – I’m always happy to talk Shiatsu. 

Summer Shiatsu Stretches, Exeter, Dawlish, Devon

There are different stretches that relate to different meridians (lines of energy in the body.) Each meridian related to a season of the year. The below stretches relate to the Summertime. As always with stretches warm up before & down after. Be gentle when doing them & don’t push. The idea is to take a few breathes in the pose. See how the body feels whilst holding it, tight or very comfortable, these senses may show an imbalance in the body. 

Shiatsu & the Summertime, Exeter, Dawlish, Devon

Yes Summer is here! What a beautiful day it’s been, hot, sunny & so easy to make the most of. 

Summer is the time of year when it’s right to get out there, make the most of the long days, socialise, travel & do lots of things. In our society we seem to push to try & do lots all year round. In the Autumn we should try to sit back & enjoy what we have achieved in the year. In the Winter we should try to rest, find stillness & regenerate some of the energy we have expended over the Summer. In the Spring we should plan & hatch ideas of what we want to do in the Summer. If we have rested enough in the other seasons we should have enough to get out there & really make the most of our lives. 

Because we try to push all year when we try to make the most of Summer sometimes we lack the resources to do so. We may start to get back pains or colds, we may burn-out, we may become hot-headed & feel our emotions are a little erractic. These are all signs of an imbalance in the body. 

Shiatsu massage is gentle but powerful. It uses lots of massage techniques to balance the energy in the body. Shiatsu is always given through clothes & generally on a futon mat on the floor. It can help calm the body, mind & emotions or can build up some of the energy that’s been exerted. It can make the client feel relaxed & more settled. 

I have practiced Shiatsu for 10 years & I work kn Exwick, Exeter & Dawlish. Do get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page if you have questions. 

Busy times, Shiatsu Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

I don’t know if you feel the same but sometimes I have a point in the year that I am looking forward to, but also dreading at the same time, as it’s going to be busy, possibly too busy! I have been sort of blocking June out of my mind, I had trouble turning the calendar page over yesterday! June is going to be an amazing month, I have so much Shiatsu stuff happening, also family birthdays & visits from relatives. It all takes organising & planning though, right!?! I’m not moaning it will be worth all the work. 

Within Traditional Chinese Medicine this is the right time of year to be busy. The Spring is for making plans & hatching ideas & the Summer is for those plans to start coming to fruition, to blossom. It’s time to get out there, to make the most of the long hours of daylight, to have parties & events. If we have rested well enough in the colder & darker Winter days we should have built up our resources & have the energy to make the most of this season.

This weekend I am at the Exeter Respect festival tomorrow. Giving Shiatsu in the health zone. We are at the back of the park, behind the family zone. The tasters are a whole 30 minutes long & only £10. More details about the festival here. On Sunday I’m going to be on a steam train for my son’s 3rd birthday.  As I write this blog there is the requested chocolate cake cooking in the oven & a supermarket delivery full of picnic food due.

Next weekend I’ll be giving Shiatsu in Budleigh Salterton at the East Devon Mind, Body, Sprit Network’s fair. Shiatsu tasters will be 10 or 20 mins & £5 or £10.  Find more info about the event here.

On June 14th & 28th I am going to be offering Shiatsu tasters in Dawlish. Again 30 minutes for £10. I’ll be at Changes Now & bookings need to be made through them. Details of their website here.  

On June 17th I hope to be an event in Dawlish – more details to follow…..

I have quite a few of my regular appointments are already booked up this month but there are still some spaces on Wednesdays in Exeter.  Any questions or to book an appointment in Exeter do get in touch – details on the ‘contact me’ page.

I hope you are all also enjoying your Spring plans blossoming, the longer days & the English Summertime! Xx   

Shiatsu event, Budleigh, Devon

I’m going to be at the East Devon Mind, Body, Spirit event at Budleigh Salterton town hall on June 11th. I’m going to be offering Shiatsu massage tasters for just £5 & £10. There’ll be loads of other stalls so lots to enjoy. It’s on from 10.30am till 4.30pm.

More information on this event can be found here
 

Shiatsu for Anxiety & Depression, Exeter, Devon

Shiatsu is a gentle & supportive treatment therefore it can be really helpful in supporting clients who have stresses in their lives. At the very least a Shiatsu treatment is some ‘time out’ – a space away from life, there are no expectations or demands on the client.

The session begins with a short diagnosis, which is a chance for the client to express their issues & concerns. Sometimes this diagnosis is almost as helpful as the treatment. Sometimes the client does not feel that they want to express verbally how they are feeling, they may only say very little.

Shiatsu massage is very relaxing & can take the client to a place of deep quiet, some clients have said they experience a stillness or quietness, just some space to breathe & just be.

Shiatsu allows people to feel their stress, anxiety or depression in their physical body. The massage can bring attention to feelings or emotions that the client was not aware they were holding. Sometimes verbal expression doesn’t have enough of an impact for a client, not helping them to find a way forward. Sometimes a physical therapy, like Shiatsu can help to unlock something for the client & they can begin to move forward. Sometimes a talking therapy needs to be used alongside.

Shiatsu can also relieve tension & distress in the body, some clients have expressed sensations of ‘crawling skin’ being ‘constantly unsettled.’ Shiatsu can bring the body to a place of peace & with this can come a quietness of thought. Clients have also expressed that they have felt ‘right’ after a treatment, they have a flow that they felt they had lost. They have more energy to make changes. This again can help them begin to make steps forward.

I work in Exwick, Exeter on Wednesdays & Saturdays.   I am always happy to discuss Shiatsu so please get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page.

 

How is Shiatsu different, Exeter, Devon

I get asked quite often how Shiatsu differs to other forms of massage. Although I haven’t studied other types of massage I think there are a few points that make Shiatsu different. 

1. Shiatsu is given on a futon mat on the floor

2. The client is fully clothed, the massage is always given through clothes

3. Shiatsu uses diagnosis techniques rooted in Eastern medicine

4. Shiatsu also uses touch as a form of diagnosis 

5. Each massage is different & is tailored specifically to support the client

I am always happy to talk Shiatsu so if you have any questions do get in touch with me through the ‘contact me’ page. You can also have a look at the other pages on this site for more info on Shiatsu or me. 

Shiatsu & Sorting – a good Saturday, Exeter, Devon

I did my usual Saturday morning of Shiatsu today, down here in Exeter, Devon. I love giving relaxing Shiatsu massage to people at the end of a busy week. Clients are generally cheery & already quite relaxed when they arrive, which starts the treatments off well.  I finish my morning’s work feeling energized & positive.

I got home to find my eldest son wasn’t feeling great, it might have had something to do with the busy school trip yesterday. My husband headed out to exercise our youngest child, much like a puppy, young boys need a certain level of exercise & fresh air to feel relaxed in their bodies. Also, to be honest, our house gets wrecked pretty quickly if they have too much energy so we need them to get out & about. I was then stuck in the house energized & ready to do something positive, whilst our eldest took some well needed time out.

Having young kids means various areas of our house have become dumping grounds, which we just haven’t had the time to clear or organise. The kids are a little older now however I am now working more so still not much time to get stuck in to anything but the daily household tasks.  Before I had a chance to think about how long a job it would be I began clearing the under the stairs cupboard. 

Although it did take quite a bit longer than I had anticipated, & there were points where I wish I hadn’t started, it was such an incredible sensation of achievement, relief & clarity when I had finally finished. It reminded me that within the 5 Element system, one form of diagnosis used within Shiatsu, organising & sorting, cleaning & clearing can be really helpful & beneficial.  

If you are struggling to have clear thoughts, they are muddied or keep being swayed by others then you may have a deficiency within the Metal element, of the 5 Element system. The metal element is about boundaries, being able to hold them or being too quick to let them go. It is about organisation or disorganization & it is it about clarity & pinpointed focus or unclear & inconsistent thought. So a little clearing & organising may help, maybe not a massive undertaking like sorting a pit of a cupboard, but just sorting a drawer or a kitchen cupboard, filing a little paperwork or even just writing a to do list. 

Another good thing to do for a metal deficiency can be cardio exercise, getting air into the lungs, so a brisk walk or even a run up & down the stairs. It depends what exercise you are used to taking,  it’s good to start off with a small amount just to expand the lungs a little. You could even do the hovering, a bit of cardio with a little organising & clearing! The aim isn’t too push yourself, it’s not to get fit or loose weight, it’s about waking up & feeding the Metal energy in the body.

Following my Shiatsu & Sorting today I did find I had clarity of thought, good focus & drive. I have managed to get a fair few more jobs done, written a list planning next week & generally got myself a little ahead of the game. Good old Metal energy. 

If you would like to know more about 5 Element Diagnosis or Shiatsu, if you feel you may have a Metal deficiency or you’re wondering if Shiatsu may be able to help you then do drop me a message.  You can do this through the ‘contact me’ page. I’m always happy to talk Shiatsu.

Shiatsu for recovery, Exeter, Devon

Shiatsu is a gentle but powerful form of massage therapy. It is gentle & supportive, nurturing & kind. This makes it perfect to help recovery. I have had clients who have come for Shiatsu as they have had an operation, I have clients who have come because they have had  an accident. 

● It is ideal if Shiatsu is given soon after the event, there is less of a chance of the condition becoming chronic & causing issues for a long time

● Shiatsu works to balance the energy in the body, this brings relief from symptoms & can help not only the body but can allow the client to feel & work through the emotions attached to the operation or accident

● It doesn’t have to be given directly on the area that has the injury. Another area of the body can be massaged & still be affecting the injury

● Shiatsu massage is a strong & supportive connection. This gives the body, mind & soul space to feel & react, to change & remedy

● It can be a physical massage where appropriate & can relieve tension, knots & tightness giving a sense of release & relief

Shiatsu can also work well on chronic pain & conditions. It gets the flow of energy going in the body, re-awakening, releasing long held tensions.

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