Frequently asked questions
What happens in a shiatsu session?
A session usually begins with a discussion about your health and wellbeing, and how you're feeling at the moment. This would include any specific problems you have, and your intentions for what you would like to change. We may also talk about your work, family, eating and exercise patterns. You'll have the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. On your first visit this takes longer than on subsequent visits, so we schedule a longer session (70 minutes).
This is followed by the shiatsu treatment which usually lasts about 45 minutes. At the end there will be time to let the effects begin to settle in and to talk about the treatment.
What does it feel like?
The touch, or pressure used is usually pleasurable and comforting. Sometimes it is gently relaxing, at other times more dynamically invigorating. Sometimes we use more stretching, loosening and moving techniques to get your energy moving. At other times we use deeply restful calming pressure. It doesn't hurt.
What conditions is shiatsu good for?
Shiatsu is a safe and gentle therapy which can help with most conditions. It can be used if you are in good health, recovering from injury, dealing with ongoing health conditions or looking for support during challenging life events.
I have experience of working with clients with a wide range of symptoms and conditions. Some are more common, such as back pain, neck and shoulder tension, sciatica, headaches and migraines, digestive problems, anxiety and depression, fatigue, and menopausal symptoms. I also work with clients with more unusual issues, such as hypermobility syndromes, kidney failure, nerve damage, PTSD. If you would like more information about whether shiatsu is suitable for your condition, please get in touch.
I also specialise in working with pregnancy and postnatal care.
Are there any times when shiatsu should be avoided?
Shiatsu is a very safe therapy, but it should be avoided if you:
have an infectious disease
are suffering from any acute, feverish illness
have internal bleeding or blood clots
You should inform your practitioner of any condition that has been diagnosed by a doctor.
How many sessions will be needed?
People use shiatsu in a variety of ways - it is up to you how often you come, and how many sessions you have.
Many people use shiatsu as ongoing care, coming about once a month to keep their energy in balance and to support their health and well-being.
If you are looking for help with particular symptoms of ill-health (physical, emotional, mental or spiritual), I would generally advise several sessions on a weekly or fortnightly basis to begin with. However, if this is not possible for you due to financial or time constraints, it is fine to come for a one-off session.
Shiatsu helps the body’s energy to rebalance itself. If the presenting problem is long-standing, then the body’s energy patterns will have become accustomed to being out of balance. Usually, the longer a condition has been present, the longer it will take to heal. However, this is not always the case, and sometimes change is very rapid. Everyone is different!
What should I wear?
You remain fully clothed during the treatment, so wear something that will allow you to feel comfortable lying down - loose fitting clothing, preferably with long sleeves. Avoid wearing a skirt or jeans, and wear, or bring a clean pair of socks. Leave some time between eating and having a shiatsu treatment.
How will I feel after a treatment?
Many people find it leaves them feeling deeply relaxed, with a feeling of well-being and calmness. You may feel a bit drowsy, so leave some time after the treatment before starting a long drive or going to an important meeting. It can also leave you feeling intensely alive and energised. Sometimes emotions surface, either during or after a treatment. You will probably want to give yourself the time and space to let them move through you.
What if I am on medication?
Shiatsu will not interfere with your medication. It will often complement conventional medical treatment by giving an overall strengthening effect and improving the circulation of blood and lymph and reducing stress. If you are receiving medical treatment for a particular condition, then it may be advisable to inform or consult your doctor prior to having a shiatsu treatment.
Can I have shiatsu if I am having other complementary or alternative therapy?
Yes, although it is generally best to leave at least a few days between different treatments to let the effects settle in. If you have any concerns about mixing treatments, please discuss them with your practitioner.