Shiatsu is a holistic healing art based on communicative touch. It works through a combination of stretches, joint rotations, supportive contact, and pressure on specific (acupuncture) points.
Rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, and incorporating aspects of modern physiology and psychology, Shiatsu addresses both immediate and chronic health issues, as well as supporting the maintenance of optimum health and well-being.
In a Shiatsu session, you remain fully clothed, usually supported on a futon, or seated if you prefer. My own practice is centred on the Five Element model, and tends to the less physical end of Shiatsu, accessing the deeper energetics of the body and soul.
The five-element approach has proved particularly effective for insomnia, stress, digestive issues, headaches, muscular strains, anxiety and depression, back pain, or just the general sense that something is not quite right. Shiatsu is good at accessing and releasing problems hidden from the analytical mind.
The essence of Five Element Shiatsu is to energise personal change. Everyone needs to make life changes at times; Shiatsu can help release locked-in patterns, and allows you to adapt harmoniously to life’s flowing landscape. In all cases, Shiatsu aims to relieve pain and distress, and facilitate a balanced sense of well-being.