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Shiatsu - more than just healing

Shiatsu is a very powerful and far-reaching treatment that is not just for when people are ill but for ongoing significant improvement in health and well-being by showing people more about their bodies and how to stay in tune with them. Shiatsu works on may levels at once and regular treatment for a period of time will naturally change the way you see your body and its health, allowing you to reap the rewards that such a perspective will bring in terms of long-term health and well-being.

Shiatsu assists in balancing the internal harmony and heals the underlying causes of a condition. It encourages you to make changes in your life in order to find the positive way of improving the quality of life and imparts a soothing and meditative relaxation. Harmonising the Qi inside the body, shiatsu promotes health and strengthens the body’s own healing abilities.

Regular shiatsu treatments can result in improved mobility and posture, help prevent the build-up of stress in daily life, which in turn restores good health, and improve the look and glow of the skin with improved energy circulation.

Deeper relaxation
Non-specific benefits of shiatsu over time therefore include things like helping you feel deeply relaxed in ways you may never have experienced before. Its calming effect is likely to increase your self-awareness over time so that, if you find yourself overdoing things, you will notice it before illness strikes which will give you the chance to slow things down before further damage is done.

Mental clarity
A common effect of regular shiatsu is related to the calmness and sense of deep relaxation because, like meditation, it helps settle the mind and thus bring mental clarity that makes daily challenges easier and creative problem solving flows naturally. This way, many insurmountable hurdles may suddenly seem manageable.

Again, by increasing calmness and allowing you to be in tune with your body and its needs, regular shiatsu treatment will gradually induce a natural desire to look after your body, thus preventing illness from arising in the first place in most cases.

Help take the stress out of health challenges
Besides the direct healing effect of a shiatsu treatment, its natural relaxing effect and its impact on self-awareness may allow you to see any health challenges with renewed clarity, not seeing them as a total disaster necessarily but rather a challenge to overcome whilst acknowledging the many positive attributes of your body aside from this immediate challenge. The trauma of a diagnosis of a serious health challenge can itself provoke further decline and so this side-benefit of shiatsu is perhaps more important than may at first be apparent.

Coping with grief, divorce, job loss, business and other life challenges
Shiatsu’s naturally powerful relaxing effect can help people deal with unusually stressful periods in their lives and also prevent those traumas leading to illness. Things like grief, divorce, losing your job, having a business fail or even moving house can often be so stressful that they bring about illness. Regular shiatsu treatments are likely to substantially reduce the stress in such situations, not only helping with your future health prospects but also allowing you to cope better with the challenge and eventually to move your life forward. For more on this subject, see
Shiatsu...coping with life challenges.

I hope this important if more vague statement of the side benefits of shiatsu is of help. Please do not hesitate to contact me for clarification or further information to assist you in your choice of treatments.

NB Nothing above should be taken to mean that people are discouraged from seeking advice from a medical professional e.g a GP.

Nadia Reid | Shiatsu and Reflexology | nadia@shiatsuandreflexology.co.uk