What is Shiatsu?

Where does Shiatsu come from?

Shiatsu literally means ‘finger pressure’. It is a Japanese healing art that uses the map of the energy body taken from Chinese medicine. Through sensitive and intuitive touch the energy in the different meridians is accessed with the aim of helping to restore the flow of Ki (life force) and in this way bring about balance, relaxation, and greater wellbeing. 

A shiatsu session takes place fully clothed on a futon on the floor and may involve a variety of techniques including deep pressure, stretches, rocking, joint mobilisations, acupressure and holding.

Shiatsu sitting position

What can Shiatsu help with?

Shiatsu in supine- lung meridianShiatsu can be a deeply relaxing experience and can also provide some relief from a variety of symptoms including headaches, pre- menstrual tension, digestive issues, low mood, lower backache, frozen shoulder and fatigue.

My aim is to create a safe and supportive space during a session for us to explore whatever physical, mental or emotional difficulties you are experiencing. Sometimes a longer session is preferable to allow for this.

Shiatsu and the Five Elements

Shiatsu is based on the complex system of energy lines or meridians discovered by Chinese Medicine. This system sees the human being as a microcosm or reflection of the natural elements in the world around us.

This includes the five elements of Water, Air, Fire, Metal, and Earth.  Each of these elements are related to particular seasons, colours, qualities and emotions  and relate to different organs in the body. The relationship between these elements within us or how they are manifesting through us in a given moment can indicate where the imbalances lie. My aim is to ‘meet’ you wherever you are.  This may involve bringing energy and awareness to those areas or meridians that are ‘kyo’ or empty or to disperse energy from those areas that are ‘jitsu’ or full. The form of a shiatsu may vary greatly from session to session.

What do I offer

Shiatsu in supineAs well as encouraging you to relax deeply and to allow your innate capacity for healing to take over, I also hope to empower you to take control of your health and your wellbeing. I may offer you some EFT tapping to release emotional stuckness or we might focus on breath work and perhaps in another session we will look into some nutritional support. 

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Lioba Fezer | lioba@anahata-wellbeing.com | 07722 187 791 | 25 Cobourg Road, Bristol BS6 5HT