Shiatsu is Japanese massage which uses the principles of Chinese medicine and acupuncture and can be used to treat a number of conditions. Shiatsu is deeply relaxing and enjoyable and an ideal way to keep on top of stress and support healthy lifestyle choices. It is a standalone treatment, and can be used in conjunction with acupuncture and for those who wish to experience the benefits of acupuncture without the use of needles.
Your First Shiatsu Treatment - FAQ's
What should I wear?
Shiatsu treatment is given over clothes so there is no need to undress. You will need to bring or wear a comfortable top with sleeves, loose trousers or leggings and socks.
Can I eat before my treatment?
Yes - something light.
What do I need to tell you?
When you arrive you can let me know if you have a specific condition, if there is an area of your body in need of attention, or if you are just looking to relax. I will ask some questions about your general health and lifestyle and may look at your tongue, take your pulse or examine areas of pain.
How long is the consultation?
The consultation usually lasts around twenty minutes although if you are just looking to relax and have no specific issues it will take less.
What happens in the shiatsu treatment?
Areas of weakness and tension will be identified and addressed in a whole body treatment which takes place on a massage table lasting 40-50 minutes. Various techniques such as rotations, stretching, holding and pressure will be used to stimulate acupressure points, relax muscles, stimulate blood flow, open energy channels and nourish specific parts of the body. Treatment may be firm and vigorous or light and gentle depending on your condition and constitution. Breathing, relaxation techniques and visualization may also be incorporated into the treatment. When the hands-on work is complete you will be coved with a blanket and allowed to rest for a few minutes before getting up. There will be an opportunity to share your responses if you want to and for me to give you feedback or recommendations if I have any.
After your treatment
You may feel up lifted and energised or a bit tired or sleepy so please bear this in mind when planning what to do afterwards.
"I came along wanting something more than a superficial massage and have found exactly that . . . treatments feel very thorough and deep as though the very core of me is being attended to . . . "