Shiatsu

Shiatsu in Buckinghamshire

Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese therapy – closely related to acupuncture in its roots – but using touch, not needles. It is a deeply relaxing therapy that promotes well being and supports the body. Shiatsu brings together the 4000-year-old tradition of Chinese medicine, with western knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Background to Shiatsu

The underlying philosophy of Shiatsu is that energy (known as ‘Ki’ in Japanese) flows throughout the body in a series of channels called ‘meridians’. The free flow of this energy can be affected many things including stress, diet, climate, the nature of our work etc. This can result in symptoms such as back pain, neck/shoulder pain, digestive disturbance, menstrual/reproductive problems, breathing problems, low mood and tension. Shiatsu can help support the body’s energy by using gentle techniques such as holding, applying pressure with palms/ thumbs along the meridians and where appropriate more moving stretches and rotations. This hands-on approach works with our energy flow – relaxing the mind and body; increasing the depth of the breath; and supporting the functioning of the whole body..

What is a session?

Treatment takes place on a soft mat on the floor or in a chair where people cannot lie down. The client stays fully clothed – please wear loose, comfortable clothing. Sessions last 1 hour and the practitioner will take a full case history and work in a way that is fully sensitive to your current state of health and energy levels – even in cases of serious ill health. Shiatsu, whilst invigorating, is deeply relaxing and has an overall calming effect. It is a therapy that works with the individual as a complete being – not just the physical body, but also on an emotional level.

Shiatsu Society (UK) www.shiatsu.org

Shiatsu Therapists practicing at Orchard Clinic;

Pam Thorpe

Fees
New patient: 
1 hour £45
Follow-up: 
1 hour £45
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