Shiatsu

Relax Mind & Body –  Improve Breathing – Support Posture – Release Tension & Pain

“Shiatsu has helped me so much. My neck pain is gone,  I’m more relaxed and able to cope with life, and I feel  myself again!”  Andrew, Glasgow

Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese meridian therapy massage, which stems from the same ancient oriental  principles as acupuncture, but without needles! Studies have shown that shiatsu is a safe therapy that improves health and wellbeing. It can help with the management of a variety of conditions, from specific injuries through to more general symptoms of poor health. Treatments are 1 hour £48      

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Shiatsu can be effective in the management of:

•  Back pain, neck pain & whiplash
•  Joint pain & stiffness
•  Depression or low self esteem
•  Sports injuries
•  Digestive problems
•  Headaches
•  Fatigue & burnout
•  Menstrual problems
• Fertility and pregnancy – click here for more info

The practitioner uses acupressure, massage techniques & gentle stretching to relieve tension, improve posture and promote wellbeing. Treatment is tailored to the diagnosis  of Lucy Trendeach individual. Moxibustion, ear candling, magnet therapy and flower remedies may be incorporated where appropriate. Sometimes the benefits are felt immediately, and sometimes it my take up to 2 days for the body to complete the rebalancing process and for the benefits to be felt. Likewise, some people find they need a series of 4 or so weekly/fortnightly treatments to achieve lasting improvements, whereas others come for a monthly top up as a lifestyle choice to maintain good health. The  treatment takes place at floor level on a japanese futon mat, in a spacious and calm space. The receiver wears loose clothing, changing room facilities are available.

“A fantastically comprehensive treatment, it was great” Tim Booth (lead singer of James)

Lucy Trend

 The findings from the European Shiatsu Federation research study carried out by Professor Andrew Long at Leeds University. The Experience and effects of Shiatsu: A Cross-European Study December 2007

  • 89% of Shiatsu receivers felt calmer and more relaxed
  • Up to 60% of regular Shiatsu receivers slept better
  • Receivers rated their symptoms as significantly reduced throughout the 6 month study
  • 86% said that Shiatsu was effective in treating stress and tension, structural problems, low energy and fatigue.
  • Overall, Shiatsu receivers adopted a more relaxed, healthier and balanced approach to life
  • Reduced use of conventional medicine

The study followed up on a cohort of 984 clients receiving shiatsu in three countries (Spain, Germany and the UK). The study sought to look at clients’ long-term experiences and effects of receiving shiatsu as well as finding out about the practitioners and their style of practice.

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Spring News 2022

The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
Drives my green age; that blasts the roots of trees
Is my destroyer.
And I am dumb to tell the crooked rose
My youth is bent by the same wintry fever.

Dylan Thomas

On first glance this poem speaks of youth, hope and strength, a force for growth, like the arrival of spring, energising nature to re-emerge after winter. The poem expresses how this insistence toward growth may sometimes be matched with a resistance, or a sense of being stuck. When this arises, gently orienting towards yielding and flexibility allows the path toward growth to unfold and be revealed in it’s own time.

Springtime energy needs to flow, to get moving after the winter of stillness, and this may cause us to feel stiffness or tension in our bodies more keenly. Or, we may be inspired to take positive, renewing action in our life, but feel blocked, uncertain how to follow through. We can then experience frustration or fatigue in the face of these difficulties that seem to hold back progress.

This is the energy of the liver and gall bladder meridians in Shiatsu. Spring is the time to promote the smooth flowing of these powerfully creative and decisive energies. Gentle stretching, flexibility of mind, and opening of the heart can help. Eastern bodywork such as Shiatsu and Thai Massage include stretches and acupressure, which help to promote ease and flow, and bring us back to our natural inclination to growth and renewal in this season.

Lucy Trend 08/03/22

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