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.
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.
I offer Shiatsu in the daytime on Wednesdays & also on Wednesday evenings. I also work on Saturdays. I appreciate that generally daytime is work time for most people & as I only offer one evening in the week I also offer Shiatsu massage on Saturdays. So after a hard week of work you can have a relaxing & energising Shiatsu, to re-charge ready to make the most of your weekend. At present I offer Shiatsu on Saturdays only in Exeter.
I hope that soon I will be able to offer Shiatsu at other times in the week, so watch this space.
If you are interested in booking a Shiatsu massage or you have any question please do get in touch, through the ‘contact me’ page.
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
One of the common complaints that people come to me for Shiatsu massage for is back pain. Often but not always it is lower back pain but sometimes it is middle back pain or neck & upper back pain. Shiatsu massage can be very successful at relieving pain in the back.
Shiatsu works to balance the energies in the body, using meridians, lines of energy & pressure points, the same points that are used in Acupuncture. The meridians & points in the back are really effective & results can often be seen quickly when it comes to back pain. Sometimes the relief only lasts for a short period & then a few treatments quite close together, weekly or fortnightly, can be benefical. The period of relief from symptoms will hopefully extend further after each Shiatsu.
If the back pain is due to an injury or accident & it is uncomfortable to massage directly on the area then it is possible to work it from a distance. As the meridians that Shiatsu uses run across the whole body it is possible to treat one area from a different part of the body. This can help to avoid aggrivation of a complaint.
It is a really good idea to get treatment for an injury or complaint as quickly as possible. There is more of a chance or remedying it quickly. Shiatsu is also helpful for chronic & long-term complaints, particularly chronic back pain.
If you are interested in whether Shiatsu massage may be of help to you or you would like to book an appointment in Exeter or Dawlish then do get in touch with me. Go the the ‘contact me’ page or call me on 07791 070837.
So excited – only 7 days until we are offering Shiatsu massage at the lovely, friendly, vibrant Exeter Respect Festival. The festival is in in Belmont park, Exeter on this Saturday & Sunday, 3rd & 4th June. I’ll be there on Saturday 3rd. It runs from 12 noon till 7pm.
We will be in the health zone which is tucked behind the family zone. So come & find us. Shiatsu sessions will be 30 minutes long & will only be £10.
More info on the festival can be found on the Exeter Respect website
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 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.
Here’s a quick reminder of the events I have coming up.
Saturday 3rd June – Exeter Respect Festival – in the health zone – slightly hidden away behind the family zone – more info here
Sunday 11th June – Mind, Body, Spirit Fair – Budleigh Salterton – more info here
At these sort of events I always offer Shiatsu tasters at a really affordable price. It’s a great chance to give Shiatsu to lots of people, introduce people to it or remain people of what Shiatsu is all about.
You can get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page if you have any questions or would like to hook a session in advance.
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.