What is Zen Shiatsu?
Zen shiatsu is a form of physical manipulation that was developed in Japan in the 20th century. It is based on a full oriental medical system that like Acupuncture maps the body in terms of a network of meridian pathways through which your natural energy flows (known as chi).
Zen Shiatsu assists in giving you a deeply relaxed yet energized state and can relieve tension, fatigue and stiffness.
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How does it work?
Shiatsu is a Japanese word which means finger pressure. By the simple application of pressure and stretching shiatsu changes the movement of blood and energy through the body to strengthen the immune system and trigger self healing and therefore correct imbalances in the body. This also keeps circulation moving by making sure the blood vessels are able to effectively deliver necessary nutrients and drain waste products through the entire system. Diagnosis of an imbalance is treated before it develops into an illness and treatment allows self healing to occur.
What happens during a treatment?
Before your initial treatment the practitioner will ask you about your medical history, general health and specific conditions which takes about 15 minutes. Treatment is conducted on a massage table. No body oils are used and you remain fully clothed therefore you need to wear loose comfortable clothing. Your whole body is treated as well as problem areas.
A treatment takes 1 hour. At the end of the treatment you are urged to just relax for a short while to allow the energy shift to take place. You may also be shown one or two yoga exercises to practice at home which will assist in achieving and maintaining well being.
What conditions can be helped with Zen Shiatsu?
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Digestive problems
- Headaches and migraine
- Menstruation issues
- Hormonal imbalances
- Sports injuries