My Shiatsu Therapy Experience
On Friday I did a business swap with a Shiatsu therapist. I swapped an hour of Pilates for an hour of Shiatsu. I had heard of shiatsu from a private client of mine but knew nothing of it.
I met Pascale Chaillet when she joined my Ealing Athena Networking group. She is a Shiatsu therapist and during our 121 she told me more about Shiatsu and the work she does.
Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing art that takes its roots from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Zen principles with influences from more recent Western Therapies such as Physiotherapy, Chiropractic and Psychology. It is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.
Pascale has worked with dementia, stroke and spinal injury patients and the results have been great, so I was excited to find out more.
The session started with a quick consultation of any injuries I may have or medication I’m on and what the session will include. Then I lay down on a futon on the floor with a pillow under my head and knees. Pascale knelt down next to me and placed a hand on my belly. Later she explained she used the energy from my belly to guide where to concentrate her work. She the started with applying pressure to different parts of my body, starting with the arms, then legs, back and finishing at the head and neck.
She kept telling me to relax and I could tell I was holding tension in my muscles. When I did finally, really relax, it was a weird sensation. By this point she was working on my nervous system and had her hands on my neck and head. I felt very relaxed and as though I didn’t have a body. I know, sounds weird! But it was amazing. I felt intensely relaxed and wasn’t thinking about my to-do list. Afterwards, she told me that at this point my arms and legs were moving with the energy flowing, but I don’t remember feeling anything because I was so relaxed.
After she finished she told me my energy guided her to my heart, which holds emotions, and lower intestine, which is about letting go. Two of the things I’ve been working on in the last year is releasing negative emotions and resistance in the body to create a positive energy flow and to remove barriers stopping us from being our true selves. These are all linked to emotions and letting go of emotions that are no longer serving us.
The session was really great and I slept like a baby that night. The next day I was teaching and I realised the grinding sound I hear and feel in my right shoulder, since I hurt it in December 2015, is gone! There is still a bit of pain from my injury but there is a big difference to how good it is feeling and how smoothly it is moving.
If you are even slightly interested to find out more, book a session with Pascale by going to her website www.zenshiatsutherapy.com or find another practitioner close to you. No harm in trying a session and you may find something that benefits you greatly.
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