Frequently Asked Questions

What happens in a Shiatsu session?

We will talk about what you have come to address. You can mention any medical history you feel is necessary or relevent. I do not take a formal medical history being mostly interested in what appears in the present moment. Sometimes issues from the past surface naturally during a session. Then we can both be interested and it will have some relevence.
The talking part of the session may take longer on our first meeting. The bodywork part of the session will take a minimum of 45 minutes. 

What is different about Movement Shiatsu

 Movement Shiatsu has shown connections exist between Child developmental reflexes and the Chinese classical Meridian system. In Shiatsu and Inner Qigong we are often working with these early  childhood reflex patterns, bringing them back into our awarness and re-experiencing the lessons they once offered us.

In Movement Shiatsu there is also the possibility of you being more consciously involved in the session via dialogue and a process of  following sensations. We can then work with what is appearing in the present moment, bringing agreed forms of touch to meet what is arising. This may lead to a balance of Shiatsu led by me and Shiatsu led by you. Both will have a relevent part to play but you then have an option to be more active and present in the session and how it unfolds.

What conditions are Shiatsu good for?

Most physical ailments can be approached and affected by Shiatsu. Emotional conditions can be affected too. Sometimes it works directly, but other times it offers support and space for people to begin to come to terms with problems they face. The Shiatsu treatment itself can take you to a place where healing is more likely to happen.

Are there any times when Shiatsu should be avoided?

Shiatsu is a very safe therapy, but it should be avoided if you:

  • have an infectious disease
  • are suffering from any acute, feverish illness
  • have internal bleeding or blood clots
  • have had a major operation during the last 3 months

You should inform your practitioner of any condition that has been diagnosed by a doctor.

Can Shiatsu affect chronic conditions?
 
Yes. With time and committment.
Some things cannot be changed, but our position in relation to them can alter. Movement Shiatsu can enable this kind of shift

What should I wear?

You remain fully clothed. You should wear loose fitting clothing, a top and trousers. It is good to have a sweat-shirt or similar, for warmth, and not to rely on just a tee-shirt, although just a tee-shirt may suffice (body-temperature often drops a little during the treatment).

Should i eat before coming for Shiatsu?
 
It is best not to have a large amount of food within an hour of having Shiatsu. However it is also good not to be hungry.  To be comfortable is as close as i can suggest.

What if I am on medication?

Shiatsu will not interfere with your medication. It will often complement conventional medical treatment by giving an overall strengthening effect and improving the circulation of blood and lymph and reducing stress. If you are receiving medical treatment for a particular condition, then it may be advisable to inform or consult your doctor prior to having a Shiatsu treatment.

Can I have Shiatsu if I am having other complementary or alternative therapy?

Yes, although it is generally best to leave at least a few days between different treatments to let the effects settle-in. If you have any concerns about mixing treatments, please discuss them with your practitioner.

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One day the sun admitted, I am just a shadow: I wish to show you the infinite incandescence.

Hafiz

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