Japanese Shiatsu for Deep Health
A gentle non invasive deeply healing & relaxing acupressure massage therapy, Japanese Zen Shiatsu Acupressure Massage & Taoist Abdominal Massage are effective safe medicinal massage Stress Management protocols for mental, emotional and physical health challenges. The lineage of both comes from Traditional Chinese Medical Massage, Tui-na body work.
Why Japanese Shiatsu Massage?
In Shiatsu the body returns to homeostasis and heals itself, clearing abnormal pain signaling in the mind. Shiatsu is powerful and significant for mental health as well as joints, lymph, blood, nervous system, mind and organs.
EVIDENCE See research below & adjacent.
Depression and anxiety. More than one study suggests that fatigue and mood may improve from the use of acupressure. Lymph stagnation is almost always present in chronically ill individuals, and supporting lymph drainage is a crucial part of any detox plan. Shiatsu supports proper lymphatic flow and drainage.
Along with pain management, I specialise in healing the gut and associated automimmune disease. The digestive and glandular systems are closely related to the autonomic nervous system, which is also called the “abdominal brain”. It consists of two parts, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic, which control all our involuntary body functions and must be rhythmically balanced with one another for our metabolism and immune systems to function properly.
Multiple research studies have found that Shiatsu correlates with improvements to:
Back and muscle & joint pain, sciatica
Menopausal symptoms, lymphatic diseases
Fibromyalgia, fatigue, endocrines, hormones
Digestive- crohns, coeliac, irritable bowel, gastric ulcers, irritable bowel, SIBO
Cleaning the Sacroiliac Joint to relieve pain
High blood pressure
Stress, hormonal dysfunction
Zen Shiatsu Founded by Sensai Masanaga
Zen practitioners use their fingers, palms, elbows or feet, or special devices to apply pressure to acupoints on the body's meridians. Sometimes, acupressure also involves stretching or acupressure massage, as well as other methods.
During an acupressure session, you lie fully clothed on a soft massage table. The practitioner gently presses on acupressure points on your body. A session typically lasts about one hour. You may need several sessions for the best results.
I offer a personalised holistic approach.
RESEARCH FOR SHIATSU
2. "These subjects would recommend shiatsu massage for others suffering from lower back pain"
3. The Power of Touch "Shiatsu ...may improve patients' wellbeing during cancer treatment and are associated with physical and psychological effects that potentially enhance supportive cancer care."
4. Shiatsu in Hospitals Program
6. Published in Complementary Therapies in Medicine, Vol. 6, Issue 1, March 1998, pp 30-35
"It was concluded that efficacy research in shiatsu should focus on musculoskeletal and psychological problems particularly neck/shoulder and lower back problems, arthritis, depression, stress and anxiety."
5. Sanchez, D. (c. 2006) ‘Zen Shiatsu support after operating room stroke’ Shiatsu Society Newsletter.
Shiatsu like Acupuncture is a Meridian Therapy
Meridian Therapy is a system that developed in Japan in the 1920-1930s out of careful studies and reevaluations of the traditional literatures and methods from China and Japan. It is a very practical and theoretically simple approach to regulate & harmonise the Ki or Qi in the body. Diagnosis involves a systematic palpation with fingers, palm, knees, even feet.
According to Chinese Medical Theory & observation, Qi or Ki flows within our body along specific electro magnetic pathways called meridians. Meridians follow the muscles and some of the lymphatics & fascia also. Meridians are paired with organs. The Shiatsu therapist accesses Ki through acupoints along the meridians called Vital Points. Health is present when there is abundant Ki in the meridians and the flow of Ki is unobstructed. When the Ki becomes deficient, say more Yin it is out of balance, the flow is obstructed, and ill health symptoms arise.
Acupressure shifts unresolved emotional disorders and stress-related physical problems, and in the absence of these negative stressors, your body mind heals and your Ki or Life Force Energy raises. Qi or Ki is part of your subtle energetic body system, partially light, electrical, gravitational.
Please wear loose comfortable clothing as you will experience gentle deep stretches and the entire treatment is fully clothed without massage oil.
7. Published in Annals of Oncology Volume 28 | Supplement 6 | October 2017
'Shiatsu treatment improved health perceptions in patients, 65% of attendees declared that shiatsu activated changes in perception of themselves and their body. 85% showed psychophysical relaxation and the 75% felt general well-being. Subjective perception of fatigue decreased (-35%), like emesis (-35%), anxiety (-20%), depression (-15%); also paraestesias decreased, sleep quality and perception of energy of body and mind increased.'