Who should not receive shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a very gentle bodywork style that can be practiced on people across age and health spectrums – from small children to the elderly and folks that are feeling physically weak or frail However, there are some specific conditions that Shiatsu is not beneficial for, If you think you have any of the conditions […]

How does Shiatsu Differ from massage?

Shiatsu is rooted in TCM. In a shiatsu treatment, you will always receive a full body treatment (legs, arms, torso, head). This holistic approach allows us to diagnose and treat the root cause so that we can restore and balance the ki of the body. Instead of kneading or rubbing, perpendicular pressure is applied and […]

How does Shiatsu work?

Shiatsu works because it helps to calm our sympathetic nervous system, the ‘fight or flight’ mode, by improving circulation of blood which helps to release stiff muscles, while activating your parasympathetic nervous system, the ‘rest and relaxation’ mode, which alleviates stress and encourage deeper and more regular breathing and overall relaxation.

Do I need to rest after treatment?

Not really but if you can keep the rest of your day relatively stress free then that will increase the benefits and effects of your treatment

What should I expect from my first visit?

A case history taking current and past medical history including family history where relevant. A palpation examination of the abdomen, back, points and channels. A face, tongue and pulse examination as well as an analysis of your posture. This will be followed by a treatment.

Will my reactions be slower after shiatsu?

It depends. If you are “running on empty‘ and feeling very stressed then the shiatsu will relax you so that your underlying tiredness surfaces and your reactions will be slower. Conversely, many people feel invigorated and refreshed after a treatment and their reactions will actually be faster as they are more alert yet relaxed.