Is Shiatsu for you?

Working on the back of the neck

Our bodies want to be healthy and to be in balance but the demands put on us by life, work and family can make balance and general well-being a difficult thing to achieve and maintain. Shiatsu is a really good way to remind your body how to heal itself. A shiatsu massage can help with relaxation, improving your mood, aiding sleep and relieving tension – all of which can be difficult to achieve in today’s world.

I have done shiatsu massages with clients who have a wide range of issues and ailments. If you are interested in shiatsu, but want to talk it through with me before committing to a session, please get in touch by email or telephone and we can discuss whether or not it is right for you. I want you to be completely happy that you know as much as possible before coming to see me.

When doing a shiatsu massage, I take all of your symptoms into consideration and will make my diagnosis according to Oriental medicine guidelines. Remember though, that it is vital that you give me any western medicine diagnosis or information you have on your condition. If you have an illness that I’ve not heard of, then I will ask you to tell me about it and, more importantly, how it affects your life. If you come to me with a problem that I think needs more attention, or that I think shiatsu is not right for, I will advise you to seek help from either your GP, another medical professional or possibly another complementary medicine practitioner. I firmly believe that both shiatsu and western medicine have important roles to play in keeping you as healthy as possible.

Shiatsu is suitable for all ages – I have done sessions with children and adults who had a variety of conditions. After you have completed a course of massages, you may find it beneficial to continue with regular sessions in order to maintain your health and well-being.

It’s important to remember that I’m not taking responsibility for your health and, by coming to me for shiatsu, you are actually taking responsibility for meeting your own health care needs. You are in charge. Shiatsu can help us to cope on a physical, mental and emotional level, so encouraging us to heal and maintain health in all areas of our lives. The least that you will get from a treatment is having a relaxing hour spent where you are the focus of attention, not a bad thing!

Please remember, however, that for acute, localised problems such as appendicitis, broken bones or a suspected or actual heart attack, etc., you should call an ambulance, not me! Afterwards, by all means, come and see me for shiatsu to help you deal with the shock and to add to your general well-being.