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 email@example.com
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…..
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.
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.
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!
I have finally had some photos taken of me giving Shiatsu in The Shiatsu Shed – the space where I practice.
You can see more photos of me giving Shiatsu treatments on this page Photos of Shiatsu
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.
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.
We have been without an oven for a few weeks now – I became a very creative slow-cooker cook!
Yestersay the oven got FIXED!!!!!! So on the menu last nightt – home-made pizza.
In the grand scheme of things no oven is not a big deal but boy am I feeling grateful for the small things today 😍
Being thankful for the small stuff has really helped me through these few weeks.
Thankful for the sun on my face
Thankful for family play fights
Thankful for not having to cut my nails (have to be short for Shiatsu!)
Thankful for seeing ducklings grow up
Thankful for time to organise my clothes (a job I always leave until I done all the other house jobs)
Having hands-on body work, like Shiatsu, can be similar to recognising how great the small things can make us feel. Listening and feeling how the body feels can allow an understanding of emotional and mental holding. It can provide a different perspective, ‘oh this is actually how I feel’.
I can’t wait to get back to work but until then I am thankful thay we had such a great supper last night
Yesterday I was watering the allotment. This involves carrying two watering cans, a fair distance, a number of times……
When I do this I think about my Shiatsu training and the idea of ‘coming from Hara.’ This is the abdominal area and all my movements when giving a treatment ideally come from this area.
Whilst training I remember trying to do every task from Hara – washing-up, gardening, hoovering – one fellow student even tried to brush her teeth from Hara 😁😂😁
Why is Hara such an important focus in Shiatsu?
In Shiatsu it is the centre of energy in the body.
In a treatment my energy flow is at it’s best when it comes from the Hara. This in turn helps the flow of energy in the client’s body.
It represents the ‘Intuition’ rather than the ‘analytical.’ In a treatment it is a grounded and quiet space. This helps the client to feel safe and secure. It also allows me to hear what treatment the body is asking for.
How is the Hara relevant to everyone?
Often in a treatment it becomes clear that either the client is caught up in their own thoughts – constantly using their analytical brain – or that their life demands they use their analytical brain a lot.
I often suggest to a client that sitting quietly and connecting to their Hara (their intuition) may help still their mind – and may also generate more energy across their whole body.
A good exercise to begin to connect with the Hara is to practice some deep breathing. Taking slow deep breaths right down into the belly area.
Also taking a moment to sit quietly before deciding on a decision. What is your ‘gut’ saying? What is the quiet, centred area of your body saying? What is your Hara saying?
This maybe useful as we head out of lockdown. There is likely to be more decisions to make – and maybe coming from Hara can help.
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When there is soneyimhing to loo forward to or focus on – like VE day or a birthday – this lockdown business seems a bit easier.
The hardest days, in our house, are the ones where there doesn’t seem to be any change of routine for days or weeks on end.
Trying to feel motivated can feel almost impossible. When we are feeling unmotivated we have been thinking about what we are grateful for. Just a simple statement, generally in the morning.
The things the kids have said they are grateful for include that lions exist, that they can play computer games, that we made jam roly-poly….
I have been entertained and motivated by listening to the kids and getting an insight into how they see the world.
I have been grateful for moments of peace – when the kids are quiet and happy – and I can grab a coffee in the garden or sit and read.
What you feel grateful for doesn’t have to be a big thing. It can even be the same as the day before. It’s a moment focusing on a positive that may help motivation for the day..