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Shiatsu 
Shiatsu is a traditional, hands-on Japanese healing art.  It can help in a wide range of conditions - from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives.
The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is that vital energy (known as Ki in Japanese) flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians. For many different reasons Ki can stop flowing freely and this stagnation produces a symptom.

Your Shiatsu practitioner will consider your state of health, the symptoms you are experiencing and, depending on your constitution and general energy levels, will use a variety of techniques to improve your energy flow. These may include pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and feet on the meridians and, when appropriate, more dynamic rotations and stretches. In general Shiatsu works quite deeply but the client's constitution and health are considered first to determine if a light treatment is more appropriate.

As the quality of Ki changes, the symptoms associated with a lack of flow will gradually improve. Shiatsu is a therapy that works on the individual as a complete being.


Shiatsu Treatment

Each session lasts 1 hour and 20 minutes. 

The session takes place on a padded mat or futon at floor level. The client stays fully clothed. Following a treatment, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed.

Guidelines for receiving Shiatsu

Please bring or wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, sweatpants.

Do not eat heavily in the two hours prior to treatment.

Do not drink alcohol before or after treatment.

After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the flow of changes through the system.

If at all possible avoid strenuous or stressful activities after your session.


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