It’s the time of year when aches and pains start to show themselves and any issues with joints become more obvious. Whether it’s arthritic or an other issue joint pain can be very tiresome and demoralizing. The interesting thing is that my experience is that Shiatsu can be incredibly helpful and successful in reducing joint pain.
In simple terms Shiatsu looks to balance the energy in the body. If there is a lack of energy in a joint, causing discomfort or pain, bringing energy to that area and through that joint can rebalance the body and ease the symptoms. Shiatsu does this by working along the Meridians, lines of energy, that run throughout the body. These are also used in Acupuncture and Acupressure.
There are also some rules with joint pain that may help you manage the condition between treatments.
- Joints love warmth – wrap up, use a hot water bottle or heat pad whenever possible.
- Joints like gentle movement – gently exercise your joint, never pushing to much, look to find a balance between rest and movement.
- Joints like care and attention – get lots of Shiatsu or other support, ask a partner or friend to hold the joint, do points 1 and 2
If you suffer from joint pain then do get in touch to discuss if Shiatsu might help, until then get into bed with a hot water bottle and a nice warm drink and take it easy!