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Table Shiatsu

Shiatsu, based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a powerful form of bodywork that heals on both physical and energetic levels. Shiatsu literally means "finger pressure". The practitioner applies pressure to specific points with thumbs, fingers, palms ad elbows, and incorporates stretches to stimulate and balance the meridians in the body which are pathways for energy called Chi (also known ask Qi or Ki). Chi is the life fore which sustains very activity of the body, mind and spirit. An imbalance or deficiency of this energy shows in the body as pain or as symptoms arising from stress, tension, or an illness or disease. Shiatsu relaxes, rejuvenates and revitalizes the body, encouraging the free flow of energy and harmony, and stimulating the body's ow inherent healing ability. It compliments Western medicine in people of all ages including adults, the elderly, infants, children, and pregnant women (second trimester only).

Table Shiatsu is performed with the client fully dressed, covered with a cozy blanket, while relaxing on a generously padded massage table. No oils are used. Sustained, comfortable pressure is applied with thumbs, fingers, palms and elbows to points along the entire body, releasing muscle tension, inducing deep relaxation, increasing blood flow, relieving muscle aches and stiffness, restoring movement in the joins, and improves overall health and well being. Gentle stretches are also incorporated to loosen up the joints. Shiatsu triggers the parasympathetic aspect of the central nervous system, which allows the body to regulate all internal organs and systems, and encourages the body to rest and recuperate.

Table Shiatsu is an effective treatment for many ailments and conditions such as:

  • Tiredness / Fatigue

  • Muscular stiffness/ Tension/Pain/Spasms

  • Migraine / Headaches

  • Stress

  • Insomnia

  • Arthritis pain

  • Digestive disorders

  • Poor circulation

  • Depression / Anxiety

  • Irritability

  • Menstrual problems

  • Reproductive issues

  • Respiratory problems

  • Sciatica

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

  • Weak immune system

  • Among many other conditions

Caution

Although Table Shiatsu is a very safe treatment, with no side effects, there are certain cases when it is better to avoid receiving it.

 

    You SHOULD NOT receive Table Shiatsu in case of:

 

  • Fever

  • Infectious skin disease or open wounds

  • Immediately after surgery

  • After surgery it is best to avoid the scar area for six months. This includes the abdomen after a cesarean birth.

  • Prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, atherosclerosis, or high cholesterol, please check with us before booking an appointment.

  • Hemophilia 

  • Shiatsu should not be done directly over recent bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds,  abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures. It can still be done over the rest of the body.

  • After a stroke or cerebrovascular accident, it is better to wait for at least six months before receiving Shiatsu. Always consult a doctor prior to receiving Shiatsu if you have suffered a stroke within the last two years. 

  • If you suffer from diabetes, you should have regular check-ups for sensory neuropathy. Please inform the therapist if your last check-up was over a year ago.

  • First or Third trimester Pregnancy. If you can lay flat on your stomach during the second trimester then Table Shiatsu is safe for you.

 

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