Category Archives: Depression

Shiatsu for Stress, Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

Stress can dramatically affect people’s lives & it is a hard thing to manage on your own. Shiatsu is a supportive form of hands-on therapy that may help with stress, anxiety & other emotional distress. 

At the beginning of a Shiatsu treatment there is a quick consultation, then as much hands-on treatment as time allows. There is little or no discussion whilst the treatment takes place, giving the client a chance to listen to their body, to feel where & how the stress is affecting them. As Shiatsu provides a safe & secure space, feelings, emotions, distress can be released, generally with a sense of relief or of positive release. 

Our bodies hold a physical imprint of the stresses & strains we experience in life, sometimes it is important to talk through these issues, sometimes it is helpful to just feel them & sometimes using a talking therapy alongside a hands-on therapy can be helpful. Shiatsu can involve a level of conversation if the client requests it, I have had clients who have found greater release in discussing what they are experiencing as the massage goes along.

I have experienced clients build a sense of control & confidence after a few Shiatsu treatments. Instead of feeling that they are at the mercy of their condition or situation they feel they are taking action to make changes. Shiatsu is such a supportive therapy, they can build their confidence up knowing they have a space which is confidential & constructive. 

Shiatsu works to balance the energies in the body. As these energies come into balance there can be a greater sense of flow & movement in the body, mind & emotions. Clients have commented that they felt energized & revitalized after a Shiatsu massage. This new found energy, alongside a safe space, can allow people to feel confident enough to start making changes, break patterns & learn new ways to support themselves. 

If you are interested in discussing if Shiatsu may of help to you then do get in touch, details on the ‘contact me’ page. I’m always happy to talk Shiatsu. I work in Exeter & Dawlish, in Devon. 

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Autumn Equinox & Shiatsu, Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

Happy Autumn Equinox to you all! 

I find that these markers in the year a good opportunity to take some time out, to take stock of where I find myself, to evaluate my priorities & to decide my focus for the coming months. 

This is an interesting Equinox as it is the start of the days becoming shorter than the nights, the start of the darker part of the year. This could feel depressing & something not to look forward to. We are however in a part of the year that governs personal focus, organisation, drive & directness. This type of energy is around for this Equinox, & feels particularly strong this year. If we can harness this energy & be clear about our intentions & what we want to acheive we may find that we go into Winter with a more positive mindset. 

This time of year is also about harvest & storing for the colder months. This is a chance to nurture ourselves with sweet fruit & vegetables, all the squashes & apples are ready now. Beautiful slow baked butternut squash soup or a warm bowl of stewed blackberries & apples. 

So maybe a bit of nurturing, enjoying the fruits of the harvest & a bit of intention making for the next few months is in order for us all.

If you feel It is hard to focus or find a sense of direction then you can always try a Shiatsu, similarly if you are dreading the darker months & need a mood-boost. I am always happy to talk Shiatsu so do get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page. I work in Exeter & Dawlish, in beautiful Devon 

Shiatsu Massage & the Changing Seasons – Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

Wow so we find ourselves in September, already, & the weather seems to have a harsh lesson for us this year – enough of the Summer, welcome to cold Autumn. No Indian Summer, as yet, no gentle change in temperature, no final days of golden sunshine – just plenty of rain, cold temperatures & harsh winds – great!!!!

This time of year relates to the Earth energy, within 5 Element Diagnosis. This is part of Traditonal Chinese Medicine & is used as a form of diagnosis within Shiatsu. The Earth energy is about gathering fruit & later crops, to begin to settle down into the Autumn & to store for the Winter.

This year the energy seems different. It’s like we have missed a season & similarly have missed an Element within the 5 Elements. It feels like we have moved straight to the Metal element energy & bypassed the Earth energy. The metal energy is about letting go, about boundaries, about organisation & having things in their place. 

A lot of the clients I have seen recently have been showing an imbalance with their metal energy & I have been having quite a few conversations with people who are having to let go of big things in their lives. It seems a strong energy this year to let go of things & to adapt to quite big changes. It feels like the Metal energy is insisting that we shed & move on & prepare, already, for the upcoming Winter months. 

So how do we support our metal energy at this time – how do we feel alright about these changes?

  • Grasp the nettle & declutter – not all of it! Just have a go at clearing out a corner in your house or sort the piles of letters you have been ignoring!
  • Exercise to get going – no I’m not suggesting you start jogging or weight lifting! Wake the body in the morning – stretch the arms, open the chest, breath deeply, rub your limbs, your face & scratch your scalp. Don’t jump up & start the day, take a couple of minutes to wake the body up. 
  • Get out in the fresh air – breathing the, at present rather fresh, air can help balance the metal energy, as can a bit of cardio exercise. A brisk walk, not for long, to open the lungs & energise the body & mind.
  • Then maybe think about what you want or need to let go of & what you really want to hold onto.
  • write a list, get some clarity & focus. This can work either way, you may feel you can’t let go or you may feel you can’t hold on, you may also feel a lack of clarity of thought, you don’t really know how you feel. Try to get your ideas down on a piece of paper as a first step.
  • Of course get some Shiatsu massage! Shiatsu is a safe & secure form of therapy, allowing you to feel how you feel without judgement or expectation. It can help rebalance the Metal energy in your body, removing fuzziness of thought, or fear of letting go or anxiety to hold on.  It can help the flow of energy in the body which in turn helps the flow of thoughts & emotions. It provides time out from daily responsibilities & expectations, a quick breather, which can leave the client feeling relaxed but energised & ready to face the world once more! 

If you have any questions about Metal energy deficiency or whether Shiatsu maybe able to support you then do get in touch – either through the ‘contact me’ page or on 07791 070837. I work in Exeter & Dawlish. I offer private client appointments but can also work in workplaces, with families & I also offer workshops.

Shiatsu & the Emotions, Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

Shiatsu is a physical hands-on therapy but it can be really effective at supporting people on an emotional level. 

Shiatsu massage is gentle but powerful, it isn’t analytical, you don’t have to think or talk through your feelings, it allows the client to see how they feel in their body. This at times can bring emotions to the forefront, it can allow reflection & or release. 

When emotions or emotional memories come up Shiatsu provides a safe & secure space to feel them. Often a client feels a sense of relief, even if the emotion is a difficult one or is associated with a difficult time or situation.

Today I decided that in each of my Shiatsu massages I would focus on using a ‘heart energy’ touch. This relates to 5 Element diagnosis, which is part of Traditional Chinese Medicine & is used within Shiatsu as a form of diagnosis. Each of the 5 elements has a type of touch that relates to it. Because I seen so much nurturing & love being given to the smallest children starting school, at my son’s school, this morning I thought the heart touch would be a good focus for the day. 

This type of touch is nurturing & supportive, it is warming & comforting, it is un-judgemental & without demand or expectation. It is a great touch to allow the client to feel safe & secure, to feel comfortable with exploring what emotions they maybe holding in their body. 

I had a special day of Shiatsu today, it is a privilege to be part of a healing process & to hold a space for people to get the support they need. I hope to have many more heart-felt, warm & kind days. 

Shiatsu Holidays – Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

I am now officially on holiday, again! I’m taking another week away from Shiatsu massage, to coincide with the kids school holidays.

I am back week commencing 28th August. I’m in Dawlish on the 29th & do have some space. I have some space in Exeter on 30th, later in the day.

For more information about Shiatsu massage have a look on the pages on this website. If you have any questions or would like to book a Shiatsu then do get in touch – 07791 070837

Shiatsu is a gentle but powerful hands-on therapy that is suitable for all & can be beneficial for many complaints, physical, mental or emotional. 

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.

 

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 in Dawlish

So excitingly I am going to be offering Shiatsu massage in Dawlish, as well as in Exeter.

I was approached by the owners of The Changes Now Centre, in Dawlish, as to whether I may be interested in offering Shiatsu alongside the other therapies they offer. I didn’t have to think for long – I love the train trip from Exeter to Dawlish, The Changes Now Centre is near to the station & I am based closed to the station in Exeter. So not only is it a beautiful commute it is a relatively short one too! I have been considering looking for a second area to work in & this opportunity seemed to be a good one to go for.

So here we are – I’m going to be offering nurturing & supportive Shiatsu in Dawlish & soon. To begin with I will be offering taster sessions, so people can come & try out Shiatsu. These tasters will be on 14th & 28th June between 10am & 1pm. Then all being well I will be at the centre every other Wednesday.

To book a taster, or a full treatment, you can contact The Changes Now Centre. If you are looking for more information about myself or Shiatsu have a look on the pages on this site & feel free to get in touch. Details are on the contact me page. I am always happy to talk Shiatsu.

Safe & Supportive Shiatsu, Exeter, Devon

A Shiatsu massage treatment creates a safe & confidential space. It is non-judgemental, supportive & gentle. This makes it a great space to treat a variety of emotional & mental issues or concerns.

I have given Shiatsu to people with various issues in their lives at the time of treatment. These range from extreme stress & anxiety, break-downs of a significant relationship, issues within an existing relationship, phobias & extreme fears & depression.

A short consultation takes place at the beginning of a Shiatsu treatment, to discuss health,  any injuries, accidents or medication being taken. This is a chance to voice any concerns or issues. This is completely confidential.

The issues or concerns don’t always have to be talked about, this is the beauty of Shiatsu, the hands-on massage can allow a client to feel their issues or concerns in their body. There isn’t a need to think the issue through or try to think up solutions. A release or sense of relief can happen when the client is given massage with a sensitive, safe & secure touch. Feelings or emotions can rise without warning as a part of the body is touched, that has been holding the tension.

This safe & secure touch is also a great way to re-gain or experience trust in touch. Maybe this trust has been lost due to a particular previous experience or maybe life-experience has never allowed touch to happen in this way.

I have had clients come for Shiatsu who are also using ‘talking therapies’ such as counselling. The two therapies together can help a client process & move through their feelings, finding solutions & making changes.

Shiatsu is a special form of massage that offers a strong connection through touch. This leads to a secure & safe environment. It is also nurturing & supportive, it is kind & gentle. It is very much present & hopefully leaves the client feeling cared for & heard.

If you are interested in knowing more then do get in touch through the contact me page. I am always happy to discuss Shiatsu.

I work in Exwick on the outskirts of Exeter, in Devon. I have a quiet practice room & it’s easy to get here by car, bus or train. I offer Shiatsu on Wednesdays & Saturdays. It maybe possible at other times in the week, it depends if I can get child care.