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Shiatsu

WHAT IS IT?

The practice of Shiatsu originated in Japan and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese and a practitioner uses touch, massage and manipulative techniques applied with comfortable pressure to work on the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience, beneficial for specific ailments and the maintenance of health and well-being. Establishing a pattern of regular treatments can help to alleviate stress and illness.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The basic premise of all Oriental Medicine is that the body is an energetic entity whose health and wellbeing are dependent on a smooth flow of Qi energy to all the internal organs, muscles, and body tissues. Qi flows throughout the body, but condenses more strongly in certain points and channels. These points and channels are known as acupoints and meridians respectively, and it is here that the Shiatsu Practitioner can most easily access the body’s Qi to manipulate its flow to promote healing and a general feeling of wellbeing.

Each session lasts approximately one hour. You remain fully clothed at all times (Please bring or wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers and cotton socks.) Sessions at Equilibrium take place on a comfortable treatment couch. Your Practitioner will treat your whole body by using finger or palm pressure or sometimes, if needed, using knees, elbows and feet. Shiatsu can involve rotation and stretches of joints and limbs.

HISTORY

Massage, along with acupuncture and herbalism, was for centuries an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, which was introduced to Japan by a Buddhist monk in the 6th century. The Japanese developed and refined many of its methods to suit their own physiology, temperament and cli­mate. In particular, they developed the manual healing and diagnostic arts, evolving special techniques of abdominal diagnosis, treatment and massage, which are used in shiatsu today.

In the early part of the 20th century Tamai Tempaku, incorporated the newer Western sciences of anatomy and physiology and disciplines such as physiotherapy and chiropractic into several older meth­ods of treatment. Originally he used the term Shiatsu Ryoho or finger pressure way of healing, then Shiatsu Ho or finger pressure method. Now known simply as Shiatsu.

HOW WILL I FEEL AFTER A TREATMENT?

Following Shiatsu, due to the body’s natural healing process, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed. To experience the full benefits you may wish to rest for an hour or two after having received Shiatsu.

WHAT DO I DO AFTER A TREATMENT?

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.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I NEED?

The number of treatments needed varies from person to person and every treatment is unique depending on your reasons for having treatment. It is advisable to begin with treatments in close succession (every 1-2 weeks) followed by maintenance treatments every 4-6 weeks.

BENEFITS OF SHIATSU:

As well as a for general body maintenance, Shiatsu can be used to treat: Back, neck and shoulder pain ♦ Joint pain and reduced mobility ♦ Anxiety and depression ♦ Menstrual problems ♦ Digestive problems ♦ Sports injuries ♦ Stress and tension ♦ Low energy, tiredness and so much more…

TREATMENTS OFFERED:

Full body Shiatsu
Back and shoulder Shiatsu
Combined Cupping and Shiatsu Treatment
Combined Cupping and Shiatsu Facial

Please discuss your specific needs with the Practitioner

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SHIATSU CUPPING FACIAL

This balancing and healing facial uses shiatsu techniques and acupressure points combined with cupping to connect to the vital energy channels. The gentle techniques lift and massage facial tissue to revitalise and rejuvenate the skin and reduce overall stress.

Shiatsu cupping facial is a wonderful relaxing treatment that benefits your face and your whole body. A number of different massage movements are used with delicate oil; all of which work the skin and muscles of the face in different ways and levels, relieving tension in the muscles, smoothing away lines and bring elasticity and a healthy glow back to the skin. The massage works on releasing deep seated tensions and freeing the layers of connective tissue so that facial muscles can relax easing restrictions and lifting up the face.

A sequence of acupressure points are stimulated during the treatment which not only stimulate the face but benefits the whole body as well. The lymphatic system is stimulated during the treatment which helps reduce eye bags and puffiness around jaw line, eyes look brighter and the skin looks more radiant and refreshed.

BENEFITS OF SHIATSU CUPPING FACIAL:

Increases the circulation of oxygen rich blood ♦ Strengthens skin & connective tissues ♦ Visibly reduces fine lines and deeper wrinkles ♦ Releases blocked energy ♦ Stimulates fibroblast cells responsible for collagen and elasticity production ♦ Tones and firms facial muscles ♦ Reduces excess oil & pore size ♦ Improves product absorption & nutrient delivery to skin.

Nina Rawstrone