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What is Shiatsu Therapy?
- Shiatsu is a style of traditional Japanese bodywork based on the same energetic system as acupuncture to treat discomfort and illness. It comes from the Japanese words meaning "finger" and "pressure" or "to heal with the touch."
- Shiatsu can be used to treat stress, muscle aches and pains, headache, digestive problems, and many other conditions as an adjunct therapy. Shiatsu is NOT massage therapy, but does convey some of the same benefits.
- Each treatment is complete in and of itself, but a series of consecutive treatments works cumulatively to make profound changes. Sessions traditionally last one hour, but an effective treatment can be done in far less time.
- Before your treatment, the Shiatsu practitioner will interview you to learn your goals for the session, and to gain an understanding of your current condition. It is important to let them know if you have any ulceration, bruises, or skin conditions to prevent injury, since these will not be apparent through your clothing.
What does Shiatsu feel like?
- Each Shiatsu therapist has a slightly different set of combined skills, and many incorporate additional therapeutic methods in your treatment for maximum benefit. Your individual Shiatsu session may include holding of acupoints, stretching of limbs, pressure applied quickly or slowly following energetic meridians, and other techniques.
- Shiatsu is typically performed on the floor on a futon-style mat with the client fully clothed. Some therapists may also offer a seated or table version for clients who have difficulty with lying on the floor.
- Shiatsu should not be painful. Communicate with your therapist if you desire less or more pressure. Your therapist should ask, but don't be afraid to speak up. If a particular technique is uncomfortable, your therapist has alternatives that may suit you better.
- Your therapist may use their fingers, hands, knuckles, elbows, arms, knees, legs, or feet to apply the most effective treatment to your body.
- Some additional treatments often accompanying Shiatsu are Moxabustion, Gua Sha, Cupping, and Dietary recommendations, as appropriate. Not all therapists use these additional components.
How is Spagyric Shiatsu Unique?
- I completed Shiatsu training in Maryland which incorporates TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), Zen Shiatsu, and Barefoot Shiatsu, as well as some adjunct therapies. I am Certified in Asian Bodywork Therapy (by the NCCAOM ). And I am a Certified Massage Therapist (licensed in Maryland [M02975] and Washington, DC [MT0673]).
- I have over 15 years experience in energetic healing. And I have developed an effective variety of hands-free Shiatsu treatment, which can be used for especially frail or touch-sensitive clients. I am experienced in seeing auras. And I am an accomplished dream walker.
- Spagyric Shiatsu is intended especially for clients who seek a transformative experience, a treatment that incorporates both the innate intelligence of your own body, and the insights of an experienced energetic healer.
- Spagyric is another word for "alchemy" and that is my special talent, I am a transformer, and have a strong interaction with the metamorphic nature of energy.
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