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 – firstname.lastname@example.org – 07791 070837.
It is a strange thing being a hands-on practitioner in a pandemic, lots of people have needed support but I haven’t been able to give it in the usual way .
The stress and strain of this strange situation has had quite an effect on people’s bodies. I am so looking forward to getting back to work – offering hands-on Shiatsu – even if the extra measures will make it a little different.
A couple of days ago my 5 year old assistant took this photo of my hands. I have been keeping them busy doing lots of gardening and caring for my children. However Shiatsu is what they are best at!
I have been busy putting extra measures in place – to make sure my practice is as safe and hygienic as possible.
I am presuming that Shiatsu can begin again from july 4th, in line with the government guidance. Maybe this will be delayed- but if not me and my hands will be ready and willing.
We started a walk, a few days ago, by going through this beautifully overgrown ‘secret path’
Such a great start to what turned out to be a pretty special walk overall. The weather was beautiful, the pace was slow, and nature was doing it’s thing all around us.
There were birds nesting, ducklings in the river and blossom beginning to bloom. Spring is in full flow. This is the time of year that relates to the Liver and Gallbladder Meridians in Shiatsu.
Meridians are lines of energy that run through the body, they relate to certain organs but also to many other symptoms and conditions. They also relate to a time of year. These are the same Meridians used in Acupuncture and Acupressure. Shiatsu doesn’t use needles but massage techniques, through clothes, to help balance the energy in the Meridians.
Spring is a time for ideas and for nurturing new seedlings and buds. The Summer, which is yet to come, is the time to really push for these ideas to come to full fruition. In a way the slowing down of our daily lives, for a lot of us, due to the Coronavirus situation, has allowed us to watch Spring unfurl and take place.
In Shiatsu terms this is more of a correct rhythm for this time of year. The really busy days should be more in the Summer time. Pushing to keep on top of busy work and home lives is exhausting.
At this time of year if your Liver and Gallbladder Meridians energy is out of balance you may notice the following symptoms/ issues:
Tightness in the body – muscles and joints
High level of thirst
There are other symptoms and issues relating to these Meridians, particularly at this time of year. This list is just a quick insight into what things you may notice if these Meridians are not in balance.
Shiatsu can help ease all of the above symptoms, using relaxing and satisfying massage techniques, to bring the body back into some balance. Getting the energy flowing at this time of year can feel really good, providing relief of symptoms and release of tension.
The Liver and Gallbladder Meridians love the following things:
Stretching – gentle movement and stretching of the whole body and rotations of the joints – if you would like more guidance I can always provide this
Drinking water – drinking plenty, but not excessive amounts, of water helps the body keep it’s own energy following
Creativity – Spring is the time to dust off the easel or pick up that guitar or pen – expressing yourself in whatever way feels good to you
Try these ideas out and see if you do begin to feel a little more in balance with yourslef, nature and the season.
I am now in my mid forties and I feel like each morning and now watch myself age. I see more grey hairs and looser skin around my neck. I’m ok with this really.
I am also aware of changing inside my body. My menstrual cycle in changing and so is the way by body reacts to excess food intake (this is a no-no now!)
In the past couple of years there has also been moments of full-on emotional strain. They talk about a mid-life crisis and now I have begun to understand what they mean. Suddenly I felt like I had run out of time to do anything else in my life, that my work life was nearly at an end and that I hadn’t achieved anything.
Once I calmed myself down I remembered all the things that I had done. I also realised that I am in a good place, doing a job that I love and loving bringing my kids up. I also remembered that I have years ahead of me, hopefully, and that people continue to strive towards goals and achieve them at all sorts of ages.
I am affected by hormonal imbalances in my body. I am now very much Peri-Menopausal. In the last couple of years I have attracted more clients of my own age and a little older. The women are all showing imbalances that have been diagnosed or suggest they are going through the Menopause or Per-Menopausal. The men are feeling unsettled and unbalanced in themselves and their personal and or working lives.
Shiatsu is great for helping to balance out any imbalance, be in physical, mental or emotional. It can help eased symptoms related to the Menopause. It can allow the client to feel that they have options again, that their symptoms aren’t taking over their life.
I can’t wait to get back to giving hands-on Shiatsu treatments and supporting women going through this process. It can be a challenging phase of life but it is a time of change and this can bring new beginnings and perspectives.
No actually paid Shiatsu happening still. I can’t wait to get back to work but looking like I’m going to have to be patient for a while longer.
In the meanwhile I have been using Shiatsu to support myself and my family.
I have used Shiatsu to help me digest – after a large meal! I have used it to keep my energy flowing. I have used it to ground and centre myself – amongst external turmoil.
I have used it to calm the kids when they are hurt or upset. I have used it to help their digestion and to calm before sleep.
I have used Shiatsu to boost my husband’s energy and to loosen tight muscles and joints.
On top of Shiatsu I have found getting out into nature has been a real tonic.
I know this isn’t possible for everyone but the boys, my husband and I have loved our natute hunts and discoveries.
I have appreciated the slower pace that we can go when out – this allows the space to spot things we may have just whizzed past previously.
I have relished watching spring take place – plants blossoming and new life emerging.
I have always known that getting out into fresh air and connecting with nature makes me feel good. In these strange times it has helped me feel grounded and stay calm when there is uncertainty and anxiety around me.
In can be easy to lose contact with nature and the seasons. An easy exercise is to stand, or walk, outside with no shoes on for a few minutes. Another idea is to go for a walk and look for small things – what can you see when you look closely.
We haven’t been able to get into proper nature do everything we have found has been close to our house in Exeter.
So no real Shiatsu practice, to regulate and support myself, but a settled and happy family routine and LOTS of nature!