Shiatsu and Counselling- Exeter, Devon

So this photo is me walking to my course – 4 weeks to go till the end of year one. Feels like yesterday that I was starting out…..

I have learnt so much, about another therapeutic way to support people, about myself.

It has informed and deepened my Shiatsu practice. My Shiatsu has informed and supported my way of being whilst learning.

I am looking forward to next year when I begin my practise hours but not looking forward to my last essay and prepping for my competencing to practice test.

Here’s to new things – new challenges – shifts and changes – endings and beginnings

Xx


Shiatsu and Chronic Fatigue, Exeter,Devon

I have been working a lot with people with Chronic Fatigue, post viral fatigue, long Covid, Fibromyalgia and MS like symptoms.

It is often sad and sometimes heartbreaking to hear the limitations that conditions involving fatigue have put on clients lives.

Clients have often got very good at pacing – managing their time and tasks. They have learnt what exercise works for them.

But they are often fed-up. They’ve had enough of managing. They may feel frustrated or even angry.

Shiatsu, in my experience, can really help people’s energy levels and start to get them feeling more like themselves. They don’t need to work so hard at everything and can begin to plan and see beyond the relentless pacing and managing.

It’s really cool watching people feeling mentally happier and physically stronger.

Shiatsu is a really subtle, but pretty powerful form of therapy. It may feel like not much is happening in a treatment but by balancing the energies in the body Shiatsu can relieve symptoms and boost energy levels.

Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss further. Contact me through the ‘contact me’ page or email amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

Xx



Shiatsu Awareness Month

February is the Shiatsu Society’s Shaitsu Awareness Month and I’m jumping on board! Anything to promote this unique and sometimes life-changing therapy.

I an offering £10 taster sessions, with some left on Monday 14th. These sessions are plenty long enough to get an idea of what Shiatsu involves – and probably long enough to even get a bit of relaxation in!

Obviously I think Shiatsu is a special form of therapy, connecting in so many ways, physically (obviously) but also mental, emotionally and spiritually.

I love the way that Shiatsu can listen to a body, hearing it’s story, listening to how it holds itself and the reasons why.

Shiatsu gently asks what bits the body feels ok about letting go of, what bits are ready to be worked on, what it feels like to be moved and worked. How it might feel to hold itself differently.

If you’ve been thinking about trying Shiatsu can you free yourself up on Monday 14th February?

If you’d like more information on Shiatsu have a look at the Shiatsu Society website or get in touch.

Xx


Warming Winter Shiatsu, Exeter, Devon

The cold weather is upon us. The body is working harder to keep the circulation and energy following and to keep warm.

It can be that this season shows up the imbalances in our bodies, more aches and pains, more breathless, more tired for instance.

Shiatsu is all about ‘the flow,’ looking to balance the energy and open the Meridians (lines of energy) across the body. This relieves symptoms and releases tension, allow the body to work a little less hard.

The space where I work is a very nursing, cosy and warm space that supports the body on this weather.

You may find me, between sessions, making the most of the space. The electric blanket is on warming my clients (and me) through!

If you’re looking for ways to support yourself and your body a good way to start is to consider the kidneys. The burners of the body, if they are working the rest may well work too!

So keep your midriff warm. Drink warming fluids, ginger and turmeric for instance. Try out some Kidney Qi Gong execises. Listen to your body, rest, sleep, reflect and meditate. And of course Shiatsu is he ultimate reboost so have some treatments to warm up and rebalance.

Xx


Who’s got time for Self Care?

Even in the rain the allotment is a place where I find peace and stillness – a quietness of breath – a slowing of the mind – a reconnection to my centre.

My Shiatsu sessions often have a discussion around self care in them – let’s face it most of us struggle to find a balance, when there is so much happening in our lives.

Client’s express guilt that they can’t find the time to implement a self-care regime….

First they’ve made it to a Shiatsu session – that is serious self care!

Second – let’s not worry about regimes just yet!….how about 5 minutes here or 10 minutes there.

Recognising what feeds us and finding time for that.

Plus small actions in a day – like lying and breathing – like stretching – like listening to our breath. Little moments to slow our thinking and actions and connect to ourselves.

So here I am – after a busy morning – before getting the kids – getting my five minutes of self care, self connection, grounding, joy…..whatever you want to call it!

Xx



Shiatsu, Colds and Energy

So…..inevitably……the back to school cold has reached our house.

I woke feeling seriously bunged up – I’m always surprised at how much mucus and phlegm a body can produce.

What do I find myself doing?

Well as always seems to be the case when I get a cold – I start clearing out cupboards and scrubbing floors.

This behaviour fits perfectly with how Shiatsu views the lung meridian imbalance.

The lung energy likes a sense organisation and also appreciates cardiovascular exercise – a good scrubbing session or a swift walk about.

My cleaning activities have cleared through my bunged-up-ness – and given me more clarity of thought.

Obviously don’t overdo exercise and listen to your body – but maybe you want to try the cleaning cupboards technique next time you have a cold!

Xx


Shiatsu in the Springtime

I love giving Shiatsu all the time but there is something exciting about treatments in the Spring.

Winter treatments are generally quieter, looking to preserve or boost the body’s energy.

Once the Spring kicks in there is a bit more energy in the body to work with.

Where appropriate more movement can take place in the treatment, more stretches and rotations. Loosening the holding and tension, particularly in the shoulders and neck.

Plus the garden, surrounding the Shiatsu Shed, begins to bloom and blossom.

If you are interested in having a treatment or would like to know more then get in touch. Mobile: 07791 070837. Email: amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

Xx


Back to Shiatsu then!

So I sit in an empty house, my children back at school.

I can now offer my regular Shiatsu sessions. Monday to Thursday, 10am, 11 30am and 1.30pm. Tuesday and Wednesday evening appointments also available.

I am a mix of emotions. I wonder if I should be all ok, like the mums who seem thrilled their kids are at school. I’m not, we are not that family.

I am sat here holding anxiety for my kids, not knowing if they need me to do this. I’ve no idea how they are, probably fine!

I have known how they have been for the past 3 months. Being with them every moment has allowed me to watch and support them so closely and now I have no idea how they feel.

I want my kids to be emotionally intelligent, I want them to accept all of themselves. So I need to accept how I am feeling now.

What’s this go to do with Shiatsu?

I spend a lot of time with clients supporting them to accept and honour themselves.

With acceptance come a sense of ownership. Instead of the situation being in control of the person the person can make choices and decisions to help themselves.

I look forward to getting back into a full practice. And I have to say I have enjoyed the quiet space to write this blog, do much easier now the kids are at school!

Xx