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Underpinning my shiatsu are the following principles:
I aim to treat you as a whole person from our first meeting throughout – whether that’s as a one-off, or a series of sessions. In practical terms, this means maintaining a broad and open awareness, even when working on a specific area of your body. I’ve found the very fact of being recognised as a whole person to be of profound importance.
Shiatsu is touch-based bodywork:
In a typical shiatsu session, I will remain in physical contact with you via both hands, or two points of contact. Although shiatsu translates from the Japanese as ‘finger pressure’, I mostly apply pressure via my palms and thumbs, alongside movements such as stretches and joint mobilisations. The quality of physical contact can vary from anywhere between still and light, through to strong or deep pressure. Because I convey pressure by using relaxed body weight, I can be responsive and work at an intensity that is comfortable, even when strongly applied. Shiatsu sessions take place fully-clothed, on a comfortable (futon) mat on the floor.
Shiatsu originated in Japan…
Shiatsu was developed in Japan and has roots in East-Asian culture. I trained in the Japanese martial art of aikido, including for a year spent living in Japan. I now practice Chen style tai chi and qigong. Like aikido, tai chi and qigong, I see shiatsu as a practical exploration of the following principles:
Accepting what is:
I assume people to be a mix of contradictory motivations: maybe we want one thing and we want another; we may want to feel more at ease in our bodies yet struggle to find other ways to ‘be’. In my experience, things simplify when we see and accept our contradictions, especially when we are given supportive feedback. You might notice that you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings and sensations when you have shiatsu, but that you can experience these sensations from a more spacious and compassionate place than usual. People are also often surprised that they can feel the supportive presence offered by the shiatsu practitioner so tangibly through touch. I believe that this provides particularly fertile ground for new growth.
As shiatsu works with the whole self via touch and proprioception (my sense of ‘me’ in time and space), it is a particularly effective way of encouraging us to become more aware of ourselves. As our sensitivity to perceive the size, shape and changing quality of the space we occupy in the world grows, so does our ability to feel the energetic implications of how we choose to think, hold our bodies and act.
Change is integral to life and demonstrates life’s mystery:
The prospect of change is often daunting. At the same time, I imagine most people are aware that their life and their health can change in unpredictable ways. Shiatsu helps us to grow self-awareness, including seeing and feeling the potential implications of how we choose to respond to change. This may mean choosing to let go, it may mean feeling where we have the energy to galvanise, it may mean choosing to wait and see.
I am always interested in your treatment goals and commit to being honest and realistic about how I can help you to achieve them. At the same time, even when you come to shiatsu with a very specific goal, I see it as an important part of my work to keep an open mind about how the shiatsu will proceed. My experience as both a shiatsu practitioner and recipient has shown me that this approach keeps open the space for new growth and can therefore bring us more than we might have hoped for in the first place.
…Shiatsu is now practised globally
The development of modern shiatsu has been influenced by ‘western’ perspectives from the very start, both within and outside of Japan. As could be expected, shiatsu practice has adapted to local cultures and the existing skills, knowledge and experience of practitioners across the world. My training with the Bristol School of Shiatsu, explicitly emphasised growing authenticity and integrity in my relationships with others. In my work as a shiatsu practitioner I aim to offer trustworthiness, compassion and sincerity.
Shiatsu low cost clinics (30 minutes) – £15
Shiatsu (30 minutes) – £25
Shiatsu (60 minutes) – £45
Shiatsu (90 minutes) – £65
Shiatsu (6 session block including report and feedback*) – £300
*6 session blocks are designed for people who are interested in looking more deeply at their health and wellbeing from a shiatsu perspective. They include an initial 90-minute consultation and shiatsu session, 5 subsequent hour-long shiatsu sessions, a full written treatment report and a 45-minute feedback session. You are encouraged to take the 6 sessions within 13 weeks of your initial consultation. The fee can be paid in installments.
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