Shiatsu was developed in Japan in the early part of the 20th century. Shiatsu ('shi' meaning 'finger' and 'atsu' meaning 'pressure') is a holistic therapy that works on the individual as a complete being, not simply focusing on symptoms of a physical problem.
Shiatsu engages our ability to self-heal through the stimulation of ki (vital energy). As a form of oriental medicine like acupuncture, shiatsu stimulate ki in the body's meridian system.
Stimulation is applied using different quantities of pressure through the thumb, finger and palm. Pressure is varied according to the body's needs; sometime gentle and calming, sometimes deeply stimulating. Techniques may include the use of elbows, knees and feet, stretches and light manipulation.
How Shiatsu Works and where it can be useful
Some of the more Common Conditions Amenable to Shiatsu are:
Anxiety, depression, stress and tension
Asthma, sinus trouble and other respiratory complaints
Back pain, sciatica, rheumatic and arthritic complaints
Digestive disorders and bowel trouble
Fatigue and weakness
Headache and migraine
Menstrual and other uro-genital complaints
What to Expect during a Shiatsu Treatment at Our Glasgow Clinic
Shiatsu is normally performed using a futon and the client remains clothed.
Shiatsu is carried out at floor level on a cotton futon mattress
Treatments last between 40 minutes and an hour (allow 1½ hours for the first session)
Wear light flexible clothing that will keep you warm, such as leisure wear
Avoid very hot baths before treatment
Avoid large or heavy meals prior to treatment, rather have a snack an hour before
Avoid alcohol on the day of treatment
Allow enough time so that you don't have to rush
To make the most of the Shiatsu rest or take it easy after the treatment
Healing reactions caused by the release of toxins or emotions may be experienced
Drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins released
If you are ready to book or need to ask a question then please get in touch.
MRSS after a practitioners name denotes that the practitioner is a Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society. Such practitioners have achieved an approved standard of training as established by the Shiatsu Society Assessment Panel, and are bound by the code of ethics of the Shiatsu Society.