Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese form of bodywork based on traditional Oriental Medicine. It works by harmonizing the energy of the body ('ki' in Japanese; 'qi' or 'chi' in Chinese) through the use of healing touch and massage.
According to traditional Oriental medicine, there are many channels (meridians) through which the body's energy flows. Acupuncture works by inserting needles into specific points on the meridians to remove blockages and bring your body and mind back into harmony.
Shiatsu works on the same meridians as acupuncture but shiatsu is much more than just acupressure; instead of inserting needles into acupuncture points, pressure (or massage) is applied to various parts of your body with the aim of balancing the flow of energy and bringing harmony and healing to your body and mind.
Shiatsu treatments are deeply relaxing, can help with a variety of health challenges, and are usually performed when you are fully clothed on a futon on the floor.
My special interest is working with women's health, and I now specialise in fertility and maternity care, but I am also available to support you at any stage of your life, from menarche (first bleed) to menopause and beyond. Shiatsu is a beautiful way to support the energy of women in all of our life cycles.
Shiatsu during pregnancy is a wonderful way for the mother to rest and deeply connect with the energy of her baby, and can help to alleviate some common health challenges such as backache and sleeplessness. During labour, shiatsu can help support the mother emotionally and physically and often reduces the need for other pain relief. My clients often say that having shiatsu is like 'someone else doing yoga on your body for you'; all you need to do is relax and receive the profound nurturing that a shiatsu treatment offers.
I am a qualified Shiatsu practitioner and have completed post graduate training in maternity care with Suzanne Yates, and am qualified to teach acupressure/shiatsu techniques to couples that are appropriate for pregnancy and birth. I offer treatments at a lovely clinic space in Frome, Somerset.
We cannot nourish others if we are not supported and well ourselves. As women it is so easy to become depleted, but we can't 'pour from an empty cup'. Take the opportunity to give yourself the gift of deep nourishment and relaxation you need to enable you to replenish yourself in these challenging times - after all, you deserve it.
Shiatsu may help you with:
Your initial Shiatsu treatment takes an hour and a half which enables us to discuss your health and what you would like to achieve from the sessions. Further treatments are an hour long.
Please wear comfortable clothes (yoga wear is ideal), and don't have a large meal immediately beforehand.
Please contact me for further details or to book a treatment.
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