WHAT IS SHIATSU
Although the word shiatsu translates literally from the Japanese as ‘finger pressure’, in practice, Shiatsu is a dynamic body therapy in which the therapist uses the thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet to apply therapeutic pressure to various parts of the body. Treatment may also include the use of flowing stretches and gentle rotations of the limbs and joints, simple structural alignments and muscle release techniques. A Shiatsu treatment is performed with the client fully clothed, on a shiatsu futon
WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE
Acupuncture is safely performed using single use, disposable needles, finely inserted into various points along meridians that network and harmonise the body.It utilizes specific points on the body which act as gateways into the body’s energy system which in turn govern the functioning of the internal organs, glands and tissues. These points allow the practitioner to correct imbalances and restore harmony not only to the specific area affected, but also the body as a whole. Health is maintained within certain limits yet illness arises when our biological activities move outside the optimum levels, leading first to decrease in activity then malfunction and finally disease.
WHAT ARE ORIENTAL THERAPIES
Additional therapies such as cupping, gusha, moxa (mugwort herb) and Chinese herbal medicines are used as adjuncts to an acupuncture or shiatsu treatment enhancing and enabling the body to further heal.
- Cupping- literally uses a glass cup on a designated area that enables the movement of blood in the area
- Gusha- the use of a ceramic spoon on a designated area that invigorates the movement of blood in the area
- Moxibustion (moxa) – the burning of an herb (mugwort) either on the needle or held to close to the skin to warm, relax and invigorate.
- Chinese Herbal Medicine- pills, granules or raw herbs are specifically designed for your condition and prescribed to best give the body it’s chance to heal and restore.
WHAT DO THESE MODALITIES 'TREAT'?
Using one of the specific modality of acupuncture, shiatsu and oriental therapies, the therapist interacts with the receiver to restore balance in the energy system where imbalance (too little or too much chi) can manifest in various ailments causing illness in the body.
Both Shiatsu and Acupuncture are excellent modalities for general health maintenance and as a preventative therapy. Due to their holistic perspective the clinical diversity of each modality is broad. Conditions that can respond well to treatment include:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Cold and flu
- Digestive problems
- Emotional disharmonies
- Headaches and migraine
- Menstrual issues
- Sports injuries
- With other benefits including increased vitality and energy, stress reduction, sense of ease and well-being, pain control and immune system tonification.
Both Shiatsu and Acupuncture can also accompany and compliment other conventional treatments in chronic conditions and is a wonderful support before, during and after pregnancy
Each modality can assist an individual with their self-development and self-healing; balancing the underlying causes of a condition and addressing physical and psychological functions; promoting health and strengthening the body’s own healing abilities.
WHAT TO BRING
- Bring an open heart and a willingness to receive
- Food should not be consumed close to treatment time
- Avoid a totally empty stomach, alcohol, non-medicinal drugs and stimulants.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Wear loose comfortable clothing.
- Something like fisher-mans pants or tracksuit pants are ideal for Shiatsu.
- In cold winter weather wear appropriate outdoor clothes to keep warm after the session.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A TREATMENT
- A shiatsu session is about one hour of hands on work, plus time before and after for diagnosis and discussion. The treatment can take place on a futon, on a massage-like table or on a chair, depending on the needs of the client.
- An Acupuncture session is about 50 minutes, plus time before and after for diagnosis and discussion. The treatment takes place on a treatment table.
WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER A TREATMENT
- You will probably feel invigorated yet relaxed. There may be some temporary 'healing reactions' as toxins and emotions are released, although most people generally experience a sense of increased wellbeing. Drink plenty of water to help facilitate the change.
WHAT DOES THE CONSULTATION INVOLVE?
A discussion about what you want to focus on in your treatment, your lifestyle, current health and medical history
HOW LONG IS A TREATMENT?
- Initial Consultation and treatment is up to 90 minutes
- Subsequent consult and treatment is up to 75 minutes