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5 element stretches for greater flexibility and well-being – Video

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Short Shiatsu Sequence – Video

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Shiatsu in 1 minute – Introductory Video

Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure.”  Shiatsu aims to balance the body’s energy system by using gentle pressure on meridians and relevant acupuncture points.  Unlike other forms of massage, Shiatsu is the most effective way to achieve balance and prevent illness.  If you are in pain, suffering from poor sleep, or just need to relax, Shiatsu can help.

 

Shiatsu and feeling stressed and anxious

What happens when we get stressed or anxious?

Long ago, when sabre-toothed tigers were predators, stress was useful – the adrenaline triggered our fight-or-flight response and would have saved our lives. Nowadays, stress typically describes a condition that occurs when the pressure exceeds our ability to cope.

If the stress cannot be released physically, we feel out of control and the impact on mental and physical well-being can be profound. Stress in the workplace during 2003 accounted for more days off than the common cold, a total of 178 million days, costing the country £13 billion.

Anxiety is a state of inner turmoil, often accompanied by over-thinking and nervous behaviour and can manifest in the body. It can be a sense of dread about something unlikely to happen, such as imminent death.

Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, and uneasiness, usually generalised and unfocused. It is often accompanied by restlessness, fatigue, problems in concentration, and muscular tension.

How can Shiatsu help with feeling stressed?

Shiatsu offers supportive, attentive touch, essential for healthy human development and especially helpful in stress-related conditions. Breathing exercises allow physical and emotional stresses and tension to be released. Gentle holding and stretching techniques allow muscles to relax, and the heart beat to slow down. Anxiety is often then reduced, and your mood can lift.

Often the stresses are not going to go away but Shiatsu can help you to look at situations differently, and guide you towards attitudinal or lifestyle changes, focusing on what can realistically be changed.

Shiatsu can be very supportive in situations of stress and anxiety. It provides a safe space to be deeply listened to, and the opportunity for peacefulness and quiet. It supports physical calming and relaxation of the nervous system – without any side effects.

Shiatsu treatments promote clarity of thought and creativity which can help in decision making, especially important in times of stress or transition.

How Shiatsu has helped some individuals

Annie and Ella both received Shiatsu treatments:

“I think I had forgotten to let my body relax properly. The session reminded me to settle and pay some attention to how it feels.” Annie

“It was a really wonderful experience. Very gentle but reached all the spots that needed it. Most relaxed I have been in ages.” Ella

Text taken from ‘Shiatsu and feeling stressed and anxious’ leaflet, produced by The Shiatsu Society. Visit www.shiatsusociety.org.

How Shiatsu can help back pain

Back Pain

Do you ever suffer from a dull, constant ache in your lower back?

Or do you have burning tension in your upper back or neck?

Does a sudden, sharp pain make it hard to move?

Back pain is the main cause of long-term sickness in the UK, responsible for more than 15 million lost workdays in 2013. The most common causes are:

  • Strained muscles or ligaments
  • Wear and tear
  • Bad posture

Shiatsu can be very helpful in these situations, as it can relax and “re-educate” muscles, and release the physical or emotional blockages that are contributing to the pain.

Typical reasons for booking a Shiatsu treatment include:

  • For deep relaxation
  • To reduce stress
  • To gain relief from symptoms
  • For emotional support

How can Shiatsu support back pain?

Using touch, Shiatsu harmonises and stabilises the back so that it can let go of tension and the consequent pain. Treatment will revive and revitalise the area, reintegrating weak zones and improving the connection between different areas of the back.

You might be give a simple exercise to do at home. Where it is not possible to alleviate all the symptoms Shiatsu can help you tap into the emotional resources needed to cope with the situation.

How has Shiatsu helped some individuals?

Whilst you may be much helped by Shiatsu, each person will respond in different ways to the treatment.

Stephen Wilberg spent seven years crippled by back pain. “I think the cause was just wear and tear. I’ve always been in the bike trade and I think continually lifting heavy bikes had just taken its toll. It was really bad – I used to walk around hunched up. Anti-inflammatory drugs and osteopathy only even provided temporary solutions.”

Stephen visited a Shiatsu practitioner once a month for four months and was astounded by the results. “It’s not like other therapies, which just treat the damaged area. It goes from head to toe. The first time I went, I felt I could jump over a car when I came out, I felt that good. I’ve now been off painkillers for a long time.”

After two treatments and undertaking some recommended stretching exercises, his back pain had gone. He still attends monthly treatments for health maintenance and for what he calls top-ups.

Stephen Wilberg, South Shields.

The text for this article is taken from ‘Shiatsu and Back Pain’ leaflet produced by The Shiatsu Society www.shiatsusociety.org

How Shiatsu can help you sleep better

Why is sleep important?

Do you fall asleep as soon as your head hits the pillow – and then wake feeling refreshed, having slept for as long as you want? Would you like to? Or are you amongst the third of people in the UK who have episodes of insomnia?

Insomnia, having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, can affect anyone. But it is more common in women and more likely to occur as we get older. Your lifestyle, environment and diet all play a part in influencing the amount of sleep you need.

Sleep deprivation lowers you pain threshold. It also affects your health, giving an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease or traffic accidents.

Shiatsu can play a positive role in managing insomnia, improving the quality of your sleep and addressing the reasons behind it.

How can shiatsu help us sleep better?

Insomnia may be linked to pain and tension caused by excessive periods working on-screen or driving. Using touch, Shiatsu can help release tension in your shoulders and neck. Working in partnership can allow you to access the causes of tension and contact your potential for self-healing.

Shiatsu can also focus on your needs and where you want to go with your life. It can offer dietary or lifestyle advice, or give some simple massage techniques that can be carried out at home to help relax your mind and body before going to sleep.

How has Shiatsu helped improve some individuals’ sleep patterns?

During her pregnancy, Emma received treatments from Sarah:

“I was having problems with various aches and pains and with insomnia, and both the Shiatsu and the advice that Sarah gave me really helped.”  Sarah Oldfield MRSS, Yorkshire

The text in this article was published in a leaflet ‘Shiatsu and Sleep’, produced by the Shiatsu Society – visit www.shiatsusociety.org