What can I expect in a Shiatsu Therapy session?
The Shiatsu Therapy massage treatment session begins with a conversation to determine your general state of health and discussing your bodies pain or discomfort, medical history, stress or relevant emotional issues, so that the treatment can be tailored to your body’s individual needs. Patterns of imbalance are identified through pulses, tongue, face, hara (diagnosis to monitor the flow of Qi (energy) through the internal organs and their meridians) and posture.
It is important to assess the “state of the Qi” in order for the practitioner to give the client the most effective therapeutic session.
A hands on treatment is conducted with you fully clothed lying on a cotton futon mattress on the floor. Bolsters and cushions are used for extra support and comfort. You remain fully clothed. It is recommended to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing that will be flexible to movement and stretches, such as a tracksuit. The practitioner may use a cloth or sheet to cover exposed skin. It is suggested to avoid eating a heavy meal before the session and to be fully hydrated before and after the session.
Using pressure and stretching the practitioner will work on releasing tense, stagnant areas and build up weak, empty areas of the body.
In the case where the client’s energy is low or deficient, the practitioner uses specific techniques to enhance and vitalize the Qi. When the client is over-stressed, wound-up, or anxious, the practitioner employs techniques to disperse the “excess” energy. In this way, the Qi is regulated. Shiatsu works to alleviate conditions, restore balance, and promote health and wellbeing on all levels.
By keeping the circulation moving and making sure blood vessels are able to effectively deliver the necessary nutrients and drain waste products through the entire system, Shiatsu maintains the body, strengthens the immune system and enables self-healing to occur.
Shiatsu uses a variety of techniques including:
- Manual massage techniques – firm or light pressure applied using the fingers, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet.
- Pressure, holding, rubbing, heating or stretching techniques which can be deep and firm, but which are applied with sensitivity.
- Stretching exercises
- Moxibustion (Chinese Herb Mugwort)
- Dry needling
- Muscle release techniques
A session lasts an hour. Home reinforcement exercises, stretches and other activities may be suggested post the session to support the treatment.
What can Shiatsu assist with?
A Shiatsu Therapy massage treatment session may assist with:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain (inc. whiplash)
- Blood circulation
- Body aches, pain and stiffness
- Chronic fatigue
- Clarity of mind
- Cramps and spasms
- Depression and emotional issues
- Digestive issues/constipation
- Increased energy and vitality
- Joint pain, arthritis and reduced mobility
- Menstrual issues
- Muscle fatigue and muscle tone
- Nervous system function
- Pregnancy and postnatal support
- Skin stimulation and detoxification
- Sleeping issues
- Speeding up metabolism
- Sporting injuries
- Stress relief
Shiatsu is beneficial, suitable and safe for new born babies, children, women (including pregnant women and breastfeeding mum’s) and men of all ages.
How often would I need a Shiatsu?
A regular maintenance program of Shiatsu is an excellent way to maintain wellness and improve vitality. The whole process is very individual and is tailored to each person’s needs. Most people begin coming at 2 or 3 week intervals to maintain balance. They may then decide to come monthly, or as they need to, which may only be every 6-8 weeks. Others with a stressful job, family demands, overactive lifestyle, body aches and pains, severe depression or other acute conditions or lifestyle factors, may require sessions on a more regular basis and it may be recommended to come weekly until they begin to feel better.
Standard 1 hour treatment: $85
Long 1.5 hour treatment (on request): $125
Private Health Fund Rebates are available.