Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork, it uses the principles of Chinese medicine and includes acupressure. It can be used to treat a number of conditions and is an ideal treatment for those who wish to experience the benefits of acupuncture without the use of needles. Most people find shiatsu deeply relaxing and it can be an enjoyable way to keep on top of stress and support healthy lifestyle choices.
Your First Shiatsu Treatment - FAQ's
What should I wear?
Shiatsu treatment is given over clothes so please bring or wear a comfortable top with sleeves, loose trousers or leggings and socks.
Can I eat before my treatment?
Yes - something light and avoid anything alcoholic.
What do I need to tell you?
When you arrive I will ask you if there is an area of your body that needs attention or if you have a specific condition. I will ask you some questions about your general health and lifestyle and may examine areas of pain, look at your tongue or take your pulse. This consultation usually lasts around twenty minutes although if you are just looking to relax it may take less.
Do I need to bring anything?
If you have had any medical tests recently please bring the results.
What happens in the shiatsu treatment?
Areas of weakness and tension will be identified and addressed in a whole body treatment which takes place on a massage table lasting 40-50 minutes. Various techniques including and pressure, stretching and holding will be used to stimulate acupressure points, open energy channels, relax muscles, stimulate blood flow and nourish the body. Treatment may be firm and vigorous or light and gentle depending on your condition and constitution. As well as the hands-on work breath work, relaxation techniques and visualization may be included in the treatment. When the treatment is complete you will be coved with a blanket and allowed to rest for a few minutes. When you get up if you want to share your responses there will be the opportunity to do that, and for me to give you feedback or recommendations if I have any.
After your treatment
As well as feeling relaxed you may feel up lifted, energised, tired or sleepy. Allow yourself a little time to be with how you feel and avoid heavy exertion (such as running or going to the gym), large meals or very hot baths immediately afterwards.
Follow-up appointments are 60 minutes.
" . . . I came along originally out of curiosity, wanting to treat myself to something more than a superficial massage and have found exactly that. The shiatsu treatments feel very thorough and deep - as though the very core of me (skeleton and inner organs as well as muscles) is being attended to and . . . I've really appreciated your warmth, senstivity and understanding . . ."
"I have come to consider shiatsu with Sally a treat and really look forward my appointments. It is a fixed time I schedule for myself to stop and pause, and take time to think and feel how I am. It is a way of looking after my body when I am unable to motivate myself to exercise and opens me up to the energy that flows within it. Shiatsu gives me a boost when I’m flagging and can help me realise when I am tired! I come away from treatment feeling uplifted or more relaxed and have found it has helped increase calm and improve mental energy which is a great help in the midst of my busy London life".