Do I Need To Have Any Health Problems To Be Treated?
You don’t have to have any specific health problems to enjoy the many benefits of Shiatsu. Many people have regular treatments simple to relax, de-stress, take time out for themselves, and maintain their good health.
Are There Any Times When Shiatsu May Not Be Appropriate?
There may be instances when Shiatsu may not be appropriate. If this is the case, I will be happy to suggest a more suitable treatment.
What If I Am Ill And Need Medical Treatment?
I am trained to recognise the danger signs which show that a client needs to be referred to a doctor. As Shiatsu supports the body to heal itself, it is very compatible with other therapies and orthodox medical treatment.
How Many Treatments Will Be Necessary?
If you have a specific problem you want help with, I usually suggest you come for six to eight sessions before reviewing your progress.
Sometimes a single session can balance your energies to the extent that symptoms disappear. However, you are more likely to benefit from regular sessions.
What Does It Feel Like to Receive Shiatsu?
Shiatsu has a very distinctive feel which is unlike other forms of bodywork, and this is often a surprise to people accustomed to experiencing massage or other forms of bodywork. Receiving Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience that encourages your body to let go and completely relax. It does this by stimulating the parasympathetic division of the Autonomic Nervous System, leading to a state of calmness and tranquility.
Is There Anything the Practitioner Needs To Know Before I Come For Shiatsu?
Prior to the session, you may wish to tell me about your present health, any current problems, and whether you have had any injuries in the past. This information allows the treatment to be adjusted to properly suit you.
What Should I Wear For Receiving Shiatsu?
For your comfort and ease of treatment, please bring or wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing, preferably cotton. A long-sleeved t-shirt or jumper, tracksuit/jogging pants and cotton socks are ideal.
Can I Receive Shiatsu During Pregnancy or Menstruation?
Shiatsu can be given during pregnancy or menstruation if there are no complicating factors. If you have excessive menstrual flow it may be best to skip Shiatsu during this time. If you have a history of miscariage, a light touch rather than vigorous Shiatsu will be appropriate.
Does Shiatsu Have Side Effects?
After receiving Shiatsu, your body will be moving into a new state of balance. Occasionally you may have what’s commonly called ‘a healing reaction’. This occurs when toxins have been released during the treatment, and as these work out through the body there may be cold or flu-like symptoms such as headaches, stiffness, stomach upset or diarrhoea, desire to urinate frequently, or lethargy.
Such symptoms are transitory and soon pass (usually in twelve hours at most) although an emotional release may take longer to work through. If you are at all worried, you can ask me for advice and reassurance.
How Will I Feel Afterwards?
Following a Shiatsu session the person usually feels very invigorated yet relaxed, with a sense of well-being and peace. You may fall asleep during the session so a few minutes of recovery time are therefore essential before ‘coming back to the here and now.’
People who receive Shiatsu often notice the disappearance of old aches and pains as the body restores to its natural state of balance. Receiving regular sessions can help people to tune into their bodies and become aware of where they hold tension.
What Aftercare Advice Do I Need To Follow?
It will help you to rest as much as possible, avoid lingering in a hot bath, strenuous activity and more than normal exercise, as all of these tend to disturb the body’s Ki and so detract from the effect of the treatment.
Drinking plenty of water after the treatment helps eliminate any toxins which may have accumulated in your system.
Are There Any Guidelines For Receiving Shiatsu?
- Wear comfortable and loose fitting clothing
- Avoid eating heavily for an hour before the treatment
- Avoid drinking alcohol prior to the treatment
- Afterwards drink plenty of water
- Avoid stressful or intensive activities after the session where possible