How Shiatsu Helps

Is shiatsu for you?

Working on the back of the neckAbsolutely! I know that you would expect me to say that, but I can honestly say that just about everybody can benefit from trying shiatsu massage.

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 a difficult thing to achieve and maintain. Shiatsu is a really good way to remind your body how to heal itself. A shiatsu massage treatment can help you to restore and maintain your body’s natural healthy balance.

Shiatsu may be beneficial for a wide range of ailments, including:

  • headaches
  • stiff neck and shoulders
  • chronic or acute back pain
  • coughs and colds
  • menstrual problems, including pain, heavy periods, infertility, hormone imbalance, menopause
  • respiratory illnesses, including asthma and bronchitis
  • sinus problems and catarrah
  • insomnia
  • tension
  • stress related issues
  • anxiety and depression
  • fatigue, including chronic ME (see www.shiatsusociety.org for more information on research done on clients with ME)
  • digestive disorders and bowel trouble, including IBS
  • circulation problems
  • rheumatic and arthritic problems
  • sciatica and conditions following sprains and injuries

If you have any of these conditions, I will 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, I will advise you to seek help from either your GP 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 treated children and adults with a variety of conditions. After you have completed a course of treatment, you may find it beneficial to continue with regular treatments 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 treatments, you are actually taking responsibility for meeting your own health care needs. You are in charge. Shiatsu helps us all 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!

Shiatsu is often beneficial for all the conditions shown above, and for even more than this. However, please remember that for acute, localised problems such as appendicitis, broken bones or a suspected or actual heart attack, you should call an ambulance, not me! Afterwards, though, come and see me for a shiatsu treatment to help you deal with the shock and to aid your recovery.