Shiatsu, Massage, Body-Work and Therapy, Exeter, Devon

So how does Shiatsu fit in as a therapy? Is it a massage? – Well a client once said ‘It’s not like any massage I’ve ever had.’ It does use massage techniques but is always given through clothes, which is an obvious difference to a lot of forms of massage. It is also given on a futon mat on the floor, although can be given on a couch or chair.

Is it a therapy? Although it isn’t a talking therapy, psycho-therapy or counselling it can release held emotions, traumas, stresses and strains from the body.

Is Shiatsu body-work? Most definitely and although it comes at things from a different angle to physiotherapy or sports massage, for instance, it can still help ease pain and increase mobility.

Is Shiatsu energy work? Although it is different to Reiki and other forms of healing it can still help build the levels of energy in the body. Shiatsu can help with the balance of mind and body and spirit.

So what is it? It is an unique form of hands-on therapy that can provide balance in the body. Whether the clients concerns are physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or a bit of all of them, Shiatsu has the ability to re-balance the energy and ease the symptoms. It can be good for aches and pains, for stress and anxiety, for sleep and relaxation.

It is a pretty physical form on therapy, with some great stretches and rotations. Obviously it is only as physical as appropriate for each client. It is a little like Thai or Yoga massage but looks to work the Meridians, lines of energy, that Acupuncture and Acupressure use.

Maybe you have tried various forms of massage and other therapies, Acupuncture, Reflexology for instance. If what you have tried hasn’t scratched your itch as it were, then you may want to try a session on Shiatsu with me.

I am personally interested in providing a space for my clients that is safe, in which they can feel and express in anyway they feel they want to. Clients have their own stories and journeys and generally want to move on, away from physical issues or leaving behind past habits or upsets. I hope to support them to do this by bringing their attention to their bodies, where and how is the body holding trauma and what touch provides relief or release.

I work in Exwick, in Exeter, just behind Exeter St. David’s train station. I offer appointments on most days of the week and I have evening appointments available. I also have pop-up clinics in Exmouth and Dawlish.

Check out my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/shiatsuinexeter

Have a look at the Shiatsu Society Website http://www.shiatsusociety.org.uk

Thanks for reading

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Hello Monday- Autumn is here!

We’ve woken up to a misty, cool air morning here in Exeter, Devon. Autumn is definitely here and I am looking forward to seeing what patterns occur in my Shiatsu treatments this week.

There are particular Meridians – lines of energy- that relate to each season. When the seasons change often the focus of my treatments changes too.

Autumn is the time that relates to the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians. This is the time to let go and move on.

Both these Meridians are related to the element of Metal. They are around the emotional issues of grief and personal boundaries, along with clarity of mind.

To get going this week – and to get going with Autumn – below is a stretch for the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians. To begin to get into the feel and idea of the Autumn energy.

As with all stretching go gently, listen to your body, don’t push it and warm up and warm down.

Great Shiatsu stretch for Autumn

These two Meridians also enjoy cardiovascular exercise- so get out in the fresh air for a walk. Doesn’t have to be long or fast, choose your pace, listen to your body.

You may also want to do some cleaning and organising (you are not obliged to!) Getting things organised or scrubbing your cupboards is in time with the Metal element and these Meridians.

Have a good week whatever you are getting up to. I’m always here for advice on individual exercises and recommendation.

Xx

Shiatsu, Anxiety and Feeling Off Balance

2020 has been a year to test us all. So many changes and uncertainties – and it doesn’t look like it’s going to ease up any time soon.

It’s not a surprise that many people are feeling off balance, stressed and anxious. The pandemic has affected everyone’s personal life in some way, be it concern for one’s self or a family member’s health, financial difficulties, work uncertainties or excessive work and stress.

A lot of my work is supporting people through tough times – helping them manage symptoms of anxiety, along with stress and depression at times.

Shiatsu is a naturally supportive therapy and I’ve created a safe and secure environment. It’s a space where clients can connect to their feelings and concerns without any pressure or expectation.

Here is the story of one of my recent clients Shiatsu journey.

The client was feeling anxious a lot of the time and suffering with panic attacks. This in turn was negetively affecting their appetite, with lack of nutrition the mental distress became worse and the cycle continued.

The client arrived for their first session of Shiatsu in a heightened level of anxiety.

I worked on balancing the energy in the body, supporting a good flow throughout. I worked on calming and supporting the central nervous system and settling the mind.

After the first session the client’s anxiety levels were more manageable. Although they still had some panic attacks they were much less frequent.

I continued to support the flow of energy in the body, along with boosting their energy levels and settling the mind and nervous system.

After two sessions the client’s anxiety was completely manageable. Then after a couple more sessions the panic attacks eased completely.

I also focused on the client’s digestive system which now works more smoothly and appetite levels have become consistent. I suggested probiotics to support the gut. With weight gain and better digestion the client feels calmer and in control of their situation.

Throughout the process we looked at gentle exercises and life-style changes that would support a calmer mind and body. For instance I suggested walking barefoot outside, a great grounding exercise, bringing energy and attention away from the mind.

At the moment I am offering normal Shiatsu sessions with at least 45 minutes hands-on work. I have extra measures in place, following government guidance, to ensure my practice is Covid safe.

Right now I’m also offering face to face appointments with no hands-on work – a Shiatsu support session. These sessions are for exploring a client’s anxiety and why they feel off balance. They involve discussion and then suggestions of exercises and lifestyle changes that may help alleviate symptoms.

If you are feeling nervous about getting close to others then a face to face support session may work for you.

If you are self-isolating, or want to stay at home, but still need support then I am offering video Shiatsu support sessions. These, again, involve a discussion and then suggestions of self-shiatsu that may help, along with suggested exercises and lifestyle changes.

I am able to create individual videos for clients, showing exercises and Shiatsu points that may help them specifically.

I take great pleasure in watching clients begin to be back in control of their emotions and their situation. Then there are more possibilities and options open to the client and change can take place

If you would like to know more about how Shiatsu maybe able to support you then get in touch. 07791 070837 amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

Cold Remedies for Adults, Kids and Babies – Shiatsu in Exeter

My kids have already caught a cold at school – just 7 days in they were sniffing and had sore throats.

Obviously we checked that the symptoms were not Covid ones and followed all the correct procedures.

The cold has passed now and they are back to their usual rambunctious selves.

We use a number of natural remedies to support colds in our house. Good old lemon and honey, lots of vitamin C rich foods, turmeric, ginger and garlic. We keep out fluids up with plenty of water, warmed slightly if needs be.

Also I use Shiatsu to support the immune system, clear the sinuses and boost the body’s energy.

I work the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians- lines of energy – that help support the lungs, chest, sinuses, nose and throat.

My favourite point this week has been Lung 7…..

Lung 7 – to support colds, sinusitis, difficulty breathing

It’s quite an easy point to find as its between a tendon and a bone – run your finger down the line towards your wrist – until you hit a natural depression – then you’ve found it.

Gently hold the point with a thumb of finger – see if you can feel what pressure it requires. Intention is important when giving Shiatsu so you may want to think about loosening the sinuses and throat or opening the lungs to allow deep breaths of air in.

This point is good for lung health, colds, sinus issues, asthma, breathing difficulties.

I’m always happy to show people how to locate and use points and can pull together a specific set to suit individual needs.

Lung 7 – good for colds, sinusitis, asthma, breathing difficulties

The weather is still very warm – and summer-like. As this changes, soon, more and more colds and coughs are going to appear. Building up and supporting our immune system is going to be so important.

So get going with ensuring your diet and lifestyle is healthy. Also get in touch if you think Shiatsu can help support you and your family.

Shiatsu and Business as Usual

I have come to enjoy airing the Shiatsu Shed between appointments. Watching the curtains move in the breeze and observing the quick shift in energy in the room brings me a deep level of satisfaction.

There is no denying that there is more work to be done – to keep my practice Covid safe. I’m not so keen on the vast amount of washing, so I make the most of the airing.

As best as possible it is business as usual now. The kids go back to school next week and there will be space, for the first time in six months.

I can begin to see more clients and focus more on my beloved Shiatsu business.

I have really appreciated the loyalty of my clients, calling to come back before I was even allowed to begin practicing again.

I have all the extra measures in place to ensure the space is as safe as possible. Plus I have worked hard to keep a relaxing and supportive environment.

So now back to it!

Xx

Autumnal Changes – Shiatsu, Exeter, Devon

Came across this incredibly useful sign a few days ago – informing us that each way there is a path…

We’ve were away for a few days – making the most of the sunshine and hiding in corners of Devon whilst the bank holiday happened.

It was great but it did feel like the shift in season really starting to happen. From the full energy of high Summer to a more mellow and earthy Autumnal vibe.

What is exciting is that with this change it feels like there is a chance of change and transformation.

It feels like the energy is there – to grab hold of – to make the most of.

If there is a change you’ve been thinking about making or an internal shift you want to make then maybe give it a go?

Can you feel the air of possibility?
Is it just me…..

Shiatsu Therapy in Exeter, Devon

I am very lucky to be able to give Shiatsu as my job. It is a pleasure to support clients who are looking to make positive changes to their health or wellbeing.

I am loving being back after a lengthy period of time off due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

I have been booked up but now I have a little space available. So if you have been reading my blogs and are considering booking a Shiatsu with me this is your chance.

To discuss how Shiatsu might help you and to book contact me on 07791 070837.

Xx

Shiatsu Support for Anxiety, Stress and Depression – Exeter, Devon

My clients come for Shiatsu for all number of reasons; tension, chronic pain, injuries, back issues, big life changes; emotional issues.

I enjoy working with all conditions and concerns and love my clients for taking responsibility for their health and coming for healing treatments.

The biggest percentage of clients who come to me are suffering from either Anxiety, Stress or Depression. For whatever reason their mental health is out of balance and they feel unsettled and out of control of their mental and emotional being.

A lot of these clients come through word of mouth. I have had some really positive outcomes and those clients suggest to others in a similar situation to try Shiatsu.

I have suffered with Depression, Anxiety and Stress, to varying levels over my life. I have natural compassion and understanding of those with these conditions.

Each Shiatsu therapist is different, enjoying working different areas, complaints or conditions that interest them most. I enjoy supporting people to manage and move on from their emotional difficulties.

The Shiatsu I offer is emotionally sensitivity, I am able to sense the emotions of a client in their body. This allow me to identify them for the client, working to release them physically and mentally, both with hands-on work and verbal discussion with the client.

Shiatsu has a framework that allows me to coach an individual on diet and lifestyle changes, helping them support themselves between treatments.

As a hands-on therapy Shiatsu can help a client understand how their emotions affect their physical body. This can help them gain perspective and move forward away from their emotional distress.

I feel so privileged to be able to facilitate people to make positive changes to their health and well-being. Lucky me!

Xx

Shiatsu in the Shiatsu Shed – Exeter, Devon

I have finally had some photos taken of me giving Shiatsu in The Shiatsu Shed –¬† the space where I practice.

Lumbar support work – for back ache and boosting vital energy
Working the occipital ridge with client in side position- to ease tension in the head
Working the upper and middle back – to help with back ache, tension and flow of energy
Loosening tension in the neck and head with client in the seated position

You can see more photos of me giving Shiatsu treatments on this page Photos of Shiatsu

Shiatsu Therapy in Exeter, Devon

I’ve been quiet on the blog for a while – what with the uncertainty and consistently-changing goalposts around Covid-19 on top of it being the school holidays – it has been hard to find any sort of consistency or focus.

However now I have more space and time to get back to a more straightforward work schedule. I am seeing all my regular clients and picking up the therapeutic and transformative work we were doing before lockdown.

I am really lucky to have a lot of clients who put their hand up and say ‘I am ready for change.’ They are open and willing to accept the bumpy and winding path towards positive health and wellbeing.

I have managed to strike a balance between a support and therapeutic environment and a Covid safe space I have extra measures in place, in line with government guidance. I am doing a lot of washing! Everything gets washed after every treatment so I am confident there is little chance of contamination.

I have adjusted how I work – treating clients mostly on their sides or lying on their fronts and avoiding skin on-skin contact. These changes don’t affect the overall treatment but do help to avoid the risk of contamination. A win-win.

It is great to be back offering my form of Shiatsu – strong, connected, challenging at times, emotionally and spiritually aware plus I love to help ease shoulder and neck tension.

How it works is I send out a couple of documents with all the changes and measures I have put in place. This will give you time to have a read through and get in touch with any questions. When you arrive for an appointment it is pretty much how it has always been with just a few changes

If you are ready for change and committed to moving forward get in touch – amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk – 07791 070837.

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Back Giving Shiatsu – Exeter, Devon

After such a long time I am finally back in the beautiful Shiatsu Shed giving clients Shiatsu treatments.

It feels great to be back. I’ve been reconnecting with my clients personal journeys, watching them remembering how their bodies feel worth energy flowing through them.

There’s been plenty of tension and emotional holding to lessen and ease. The lockdown period hasne been easy for anyone and the stress and strain seems to have impacted people’s bodies.

Obviously I have lots of extra measures in place to ensure my practice is Covid safe. I have the hang of them all now and it is still and relaxing and supportive environment.

I have loved how giving Shiatsu has made me feel. Working with other people’s energy gets mine moving too. I feel more fluid in thought as well as the physical.

I did get a lot out of lockdown, in many ways. We spent such quality time together as a family, my kids were so happy no having to go to school. I loved the quiet, with less traffic noise. We connected with nature and saw so much compared to other years.

But I tell you what I am glad to be back – where I feel most comfortable – giving Shiatsu treatments.

Xx