What conditions can be treated?
Shiatsu has many roles in relation to the manifold ailments
which beset humankind.
with and embracing change is a great challenge to most people
and is an area where Shiatsu is especially helpful. Even if
the change is planned and desired there can be an imbalance
between our intellectual, emotional and physical acceptance
of the situation, which results in a surprising level of stress.
Encouraging and allowing us space to integrate change on all
levels makes Shiatsu a useful tool for initiating or accepting
change; whether it be a small development or a major shock.
Many people use
Shiatsu as a regular and effective treatment to help keep
well and deal with the stresses of their lives. An hour, once
a month or so, to be still and recharge can make a lot of
difference. The Oriental tradition emphasises prevention rather
than cure as the way to health.
(I don't want to bother the doctor)
Next come the things
that are often seen as trivial and 'to be put up with' but
which limit our vitality and calm. Headaches, digestive irregularities,
period pain, insomnia, body stiffness, lack of motivation
are examples of conditions, which even at a fairly low level
can spoil a lot of our days and isolate us. Shiatsu can often
alleviate such symptoms and lighten our lives.
All the above things
shade into and join the more severe conditions such as migraine,
irritable bowel syndrome, dysmenorrhoea, depression, back
pain, breathing disorders, anxiety, chronic fatigue, pre menstrual
syndrome, sexual problems, old or recent sports injuries,
responses to major stress etc..
Shiatsu can work to lessen the symptoms of many conditions,
while at the same time supporting and encouraging the underlying
vigour of your body to rebuild your physical and emotional
health. (See developing a treatment
non-judgemental and loving touch, which characterises Shiatsu
and makes it such a powerfully relaxing experience for us
all, can help to lessen the anxiety and isolation felt by
many people with major illnesses. Shiatsu can help people
deal with pain and will often lessen the symptoms of drug
Quite often, especially
with an ongoing condition, it can feel that the whole thing
has been taken out of your hands and that you are a spectator
at your own illness. While this can be reassuring in an acute
situation, a sense of powerlessness over a longer period,
especially when the symptoms are slow to change, can sap the
will to get well. Shiatsu aims to re-focus power in the self
and looks at the whole person not just a collection of symptoms.
The practitioner and the client work together to achieve improvements.
works very well alongside the efforts of your doctor, physiotherapist,
counsellor etc. If you have a serious condition I will always
recommend that you consult your doctor if you have not done