Shiatsu is a holistic physical therapy
For nearly 30 years I have practiced shiatsu, a deeply relaxing 'mind and body therapy' that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Shiatsu in Japanese literally means 'finger pressure' and it is sometimes called acupressure because it uses the same energy points and channels as acupuncture. Shiatsu is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine in which our mental, emotional and physical functioning is viewed as expressions of our vital energy. There is no separation - our feelings affect our physical wellbeing and vice versa.
Shiatsu works on the whole person - not just a physical body, but also at the psychological and emotional levels. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.
My style of shiatsu is quite physical and dynamic; as well as pressure - which may be light or deep - I also use stretches, movements and joint mobilisations to stimulate circulation, release tense muscles, relax the nervous system and improve joint flexibility.
Shiatsu is different from other physical therapies because it is generally done through clothing. Some shiatsu practitioners work on the floor but, for your comfort, I use a variable height massage table at both my clinics.
Research shows shiatsu works
Research* with nearly 1000 people in 3 countries (UK, Spain, Austria) showed that shiatsu helped:
Overall, people felt more relaxed, healthier and more balanced. They used less medication and their improvement was maintained significantly over six months.
* Long AF.J Altern Complement Med 2008;14(8):921-30
As well as this academic research, The Times in 2005 published an interview with one of my clients, Clifford Cooney, in which he recounts how shiatsu and meditation had a profound impact on his emotional and physical wellbeing. Click the image to the right to read the article.
Modern life can be very stressful but by using proven techniques for relaxation, breathing and imagery, many of its effects can be overcome.
These techniques are designed to improve your sense of wellbeing, prevent recurrence of problems and provide lasting benefits by giving YOU more control over your own situation.
Click here to email me or ring 0151 722 7475 if you would like to know more about stress and pain management.
"Shiatsu and the breathing exercises have helped my anxiety so much", Valerie Walsh, housewife, Liverpool.
“It feels like a safety net. Whatever the world throws at me, I can always have a shiatsu session, take time out and start to recover my equilibrium.” Heather Ellis, teacher, Lancashire
Much of my clinical experience has been with clients with chronic pain related conditions such as arthritis and other chronic conditions such as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I also worked for ten years with a FLAP, local chronic pain group.
The exercises, stretches, breathing and relaxation techniques I use are especially helpful for the management of pain and other chronic conditions.
Cupping and Moxibustion
I am also trained in the use of cupping and moxibustion which are both done on bare skin. Cupping is a suction treatment increasingly used in sport used to relieve stiffness and aching muscles.