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Shiatsu combines two powerful therapies in the treatment of injuries and ailments; acupressure and Japanese physiotherapy.

Originating in Japan, Shiatsu is based on the same system as Acupuncture. Instead of needles, I apply pressure with hands and thumbs on acupoints, with physiotherapy, chiropractic and osteopathy-related manipulation and stretching techniques and muscle work.

Both Shiatsu and Acupuncture work on the idea that the energy in our bodies runs in lines in a similar way to the blood vessels and the nervous system.

Diagram1To give you an idea of how Shiatsu works, imagine what happens if a blood vessel becomes blocked, stopping the blood from flowing smoothly through the vessels.

Blood will bank up on one side, causing a deficiency on the other side. Shiatsu techniques help smooth out these energy blockages by applying pressure, gentle massage and physiotherapy and osteopathy-related techniques to relevant areas of the body.

Treating Your Whole Body

The difference between having a holistic therapy like Shiatsu and taking painkillers is that there’s usually a reason why an ailment has developed. Taking a painkiller will remove the headache, the symptom, but not the cause. So even if the headache is removed, a different problem may spring up somewhere else.

Think back to a time when you first developed a problem. What was going on in your life prior to its development? Did you get ill soon after starting a new job, losing a loved one or moving house?

Shiatsu’s whole-istic (holistic) approach can help you make some simple changes to get well and stay well. With therapies like Shiatsu and Reiki we treat the whole person, not just the symptom. So your general health usually improves as well. Not just the problem you are seeking treatment for.