Shiatsu Open Day – Exeter, Devon

I’m having an open day on Tuesday 4th October.

What this means is 30 minute taster sessions all day for just £10.

I get frustrated that Shiatsu isn’t as well known as some therapies and that people don’t know what is involved or the benefits of this amazing therapy.

Shiatsu in side position

So every so often I do these open days. They give people a chance to see what it’s all about. What I’m like as a practitioner. Whether Shiatsu might help them.

The taster sessions are taking place at my home practice in Exwick, Exeter.

My Shiatsu space in Exwick Exeter

My space is warm and cozy now the days are drawing in. Plus it’s amazing what can be done in even a short session.

I am asking people to call or message to book. My number is 07791 070837. You can email me on amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk or contact me through the contact me page.

Xx


Autumn and Shiatsu

Today’s that day of the year…..the first day I’ve turn on the electric blanket 🔥🔥

I resist this day – feeling the loss of the warmer days – but once I give in (hahaha) it leads to cozy, warm treatments

A change in the seasons means a change in treatments…..deep, nurturing, warming work….…easing tiredness and fatigue……….creating an inner glow and getting the energy to flow!….

So welcome to the warm and cozy Shiatsu shed and Autumn treatments 🧡🍂🧡

Xx


Grounding and Shiatsu

You may get people telling you that they think you’re very ‘grounded’ person or the opposite there you’re ‘flighty’ or ‘off with the fairies’

Either way you may not be grounded energetically – really connected to the ground- embodying your legs and feet.

This may be because of too much over thinking, it may be from pushing through life, it may come from past trauma or be because of an injury or accident.

Being grounded is helpful for flow of energy and this may then lead to an ease of symptoms.

Being grounded may lead to better cognitive abilities, better trust in your own process and believing your gut instinct, better posture and a trust and connection with nature and the world that surrounds you.

Shiatsu helps with grounding, within one session normally. Within a few sessions a person may feel more centred and calm.

There are some really easy exercises for grounding that people can practise between sessions.

Getting your shoes off and walking outside – doesn’t have to be in the rain! Getting some soil between your toes.

Also try slow deliberate walking – I like doing this in a busy supermarket! Thinking about every movement your feet are making, feeling how it feels to put each part of your foot down.

I also like imagining I have heavy weights straight my ankles, slowing my movements and making my feet really work.

I am a massive fan of a simple exercise practised daily and I love how quickly I feel grounded if I do any of these activities now.

I’ve done these enough to get the results almost instantaneously. A calmer mind, useful on an altercation! A sense of connection to nature and the ground. A feeling of energy moving and flowing throughout my body.

Why not give these a try for a couple of weeks and see if they help you.

Xx


Shiatsu and Adjustments

So my mind has turned to adjustments and adjusting….shifts and changes….and how tricky all this can be….

As a family we are adjusting to the school rhythm – the impact that has on us – how we feel about it….the seasons feels like they have changed suddenly – cooler, darker, wetter…..

Also I am adjusting in myself……my body is changing now I am late 40’s…..

So what’s the impact?…..

For me a lethargy…a drive to hide away..a physical sense of resistance in my body….none of this feels great but I hear my body and the results of changes taking place….

It’s not always easy…..my poor boys are struggling so much with transition back to school……

It takes time and experience to know that adjusting and transitions do bring us to new places…..

Allowing a slump is ok…..in my opinion!….when there is a little energy in the body then gentle stretching and movement helps me….

If you are feeling a shift that needs adjustment I hear you….

In amongst this time of change Shiatsu brings me flow and release and relief – and that’s just giving it!…..

Xx


Shiatsu and Anxiety

When I asked my clients what Shiatsu had helped with anxiety and stress were mentioned a couple of times.

Shiatsu looks at the body, and energy in the body, as a whole – working to help balance the flow of energy across the body.

The body tells the story of how lives and emotions so helping with the flow of energy can relieve the tension and holding in the body that comes from feeling anxious or stressed.

In my experience working the body can help the mind, giving relief of symptoms and sometimes giving a sense of perspective on the mental challenges being faced.

Sometimes I talk with a client and look to find simple exercises or lifestyle changes that may allow the client to manage their issues between sessions.

It’s often good to have a few Shiatsu sessions close together, at the beginning of treatment, and then look to extend the distance between the appointments.

It is a pleasure and privilege to work with people to help them better and manage their health, be it mental or physical or often a mix of both.

Do feel to contact me to find out more. I’m always happy to chat Shiatsu and I’m also happy to provide long distance support, ideas and tips that may help people suffering from anxiety and or stress.

Xx


Time to get back to Shiatsu

We are heading back from an amazing canal boat trip

I really enjoyed stepping out of the ‘normal’ going at a slower pace, being in the quiet of nature, focusing on the simply things and being away from the car.

Making our way back on the motorway and stopping at service stations really felt like a shock.

We are now in the last few days of the school holidays. It has felt pretty balanced this year but I’m always sad to get back into the school routine

However I’m looking forward to offering the space away from the ‘normal’ with my Shiatsu treatments! I love working dynamically towards change with my clients, listening to and working with the energy and emotions I feel.

I’m back at it from Tuesday September 6th 2022.

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 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