by Zo Hoka Dashati
Legend has it that in days of old, Shiatsu practitioners were not paid if a patient became ill; patient and practitioner worked together to prevent illness and disease in the body.
These days it is our habit to seek out health solutions only once symptoms arise and we are unable to function optimally in our lives.
So while many depend on regular Shiatsu sessions as a preventative measure to maintain health and wellbeing, it is often sought out for its remedial effects for both acute and chronic conditions. No matter what the impulse to receive Shiatsu, the overall sense after a session is one of relaxation, calm and expansiveness in the body and mind.
Received fully-clothed, Shiatsu is non-invasive massage technique working along meridians (energy lines) and acupressure points in the body to facilitate balance and support the body's self-healing capacities, therefore is used in the treatment of a wide range of musculoskeletal, internal and emotional conditions. It can reduce muscle stiffness, stimulate the skin, aid digestion and influence the nervous system. Shiatsu is used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions, such as backaches, including lower back ache, neck and joint pain, frozen shoulder, sciatica, headaches, PMS, digestive disorders, fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety... the list goes on.
The effect may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative.
Expect to leave your session feeling grounded, peaceful and more at ease in your body - a supreme version of yourself.
You can visit Zo for Shiatsu in the Restore room every Wednesday.