Shiatsu is an ancient and widely used Chinese and Japanese therapy that aids yin and yang balance through meridians (energy channels). Shiatsu stimulates energy flow across the meridians of the body by stretching out the joints, and using pressure from the therapist's fingers, palms of hands, feet, knees and elbows along the meridian lines. Treatment is carried out through the recipient's clothing, by your therapist, Steve, where you are both on a floor mat with sheets and cushions, on our heated floor. Please wear something loose and comfortable. A full body session lasts 1 to 3 hours.
A shakti mat - a modern bed of nails - can also be tried here in the suite, which stimulates the blood supply to the whole back and neck (or legs) with pinpoint pressure with thousands of spikes. Kembiki, which is a gentle rocking motion, is a traditional way to start, weighting the body to the floor, and relaxing the nervous system, before Steve uses his body weight in rhythmic techniques such as applying pressure, joint rotations and stretching. Shiatsu stimulatea and balance ki/chi - the energy flow in Chinese and Japanese language - throughout the receiver's body.
Treatment is typically received through clothing so and takes place on a comfortable mattress with cushions on the floor. A chair and traditional Western massage table are also available if you prefer these positions or have mobility problems for treatment.
Shiatus can be seen as halfway between acupuncture and massage in that it incorporates the beauty and power of touch alongside specific body energy points of high electrical conductivity - your body's power points. In Chinese Traditional Medicine, when you open healing energy through meridians, all systems of the body are balanced (vascular, nervous, endocrine, skeletal, muscular, and immune systems). With over 365 traditional points, connected to the 12 meridians, the use of flow patterns, or point recipes, heal through the free flow of energy through the body (similar in theory to a yogic practice of movements).
Meridians are a key principle behind more treatments avaialble at the suite, including Acupressure, Emotional Freedom Technique (Tapping), Indian Head Massage, Japanese Hand Massage, Thai Foot Massage, Reflexology, Marma Point Facial Massage, Thai Yoga Massage, and Marma Chikitsa. All these treatments are complementary therapies and so are not used to replace normal medical or psychological treatment, but can act to supplement the healing effect of such treatments.
Key conditions helped by shiatsu include stress (often symptomised by skin disorders, insomnia, irritability, frustration, dealing with change and other mental health conditions), pain (eg arthritis, inflammatory problems, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, carpal tunnel syndrome), headaches (memory and concentration issues, eyestrain, tooth or jaw ache, ear ache, wrist pain), premature ejaculation/fertility/potency, allergies, depression, hormonal Imbalances (eg hot flushes), immune system conditions (eg colds), oedema, nausea, motion sickness, and respiratory/breathing problems. Many clients often turn to acupressure for all their conditions.
The way it works can be explained in three ways – 1) points are gateways of energy (you feel erratic or steady pulsations with light pressure on a point), 2) via meridians (healing channels flowing through the body), and 3) release of endorphins (neurochemicals), which mediate pain relief.