Shiatsu and Beltane – Exeter, Devon

Shiatsu starts with how the body is feeling. Shiatsu uses touch to assess what is happening in the body and what changes take place when a different touch is applied. Is there a release of tension? Is there a better flow of energy.

With a change of energy comes possible relief from symptoms, pain, tightness, weakness. In my experience there is always an emotional and mental attachment to a physical issue, be it an injury, a chronic condition or tension and tightness.

The client maybe able to gain an understanding of how they feel about their health and or situation by experiencing a physical Shiatsu treatment . They can also gain perspective of their mental process and decision making.

This body driven perspective can allow a client to regain control of their situation. My Shiatsu sessions are always a collaboration with the client. I provide suggestions of exercises and lifestyle changes that may help. However clients generally know what they would like to do and what changes may help them to move forward.

Why am I talking about all this today? Well traditionally Beltane was celebrated as a opportunity to look forward and set personal intentions. It’s the end of the Winter and beginning of the Summer. Fires were used to promote fertility of couples, of the land, of opportunities.

Here is a quick video that I made this morning. In the beautiful May Day sunshine, so apt after a week of wet weather.

Supportive Shiatsu for May Day/ Beltane

For those of you on a journey of self discovery towards health and wellbeing why not take the opportunity to focus on what is important to you. Why not make a couple of personal intentions for the next few months. Obviously being able to step out of the house and move freely maybe the first intention for everyone!

Why not identify one or two things that you would like to let go off. Old behaviours that you know don’t work for you. Saying goodbye to decisions or situations you felt were bad for you.

This is a time of new life and new beginnings, right? Nature is doing it all around us. So why not give it a go too, what new things would you like to see in your life? Love to hear your thoughts and whether this is an idea you think could help you.

Xx

The Shiatsu Shed, Exeter, Devon

Really missing my job now. I have enjoyed making the most of the family time but the longer the lockdown goes on the more I am missing what giving Shiatsu gives me.

Whilst supporting clients to work towards their own health, happiness and wellbeing I also get a chance todo this for myself. I am missing being part of the therapeutic journey.

I also have a quiet, calm and special place to practice. Fondly nicknamed (by me) as the Shiatsu Shed. It is actually a shared space, with many husband who practices meditation teaching in there too.

At the moment the Clematis is blooming beautifully outside the window. This is one of my favourite times to practice Shiatsu as I can catch a glimpse of this beautiful plant through the window. The Shiatsu Shed is a great place to practice, even in the rain or cold. I even gave a Shiatsu whilst a thunder storm took place above.

It is a special place to provide a safe and secure environment for healing to take place. I can’t wait to get back in there. Hoping it won’t be long until I can get back into the flow. Until them I’ll make do with watching the Clematis.

Xx

Shiatsu Support – wherever you are

As some European countries begin to ease the restrictions on their citizens here in the UK we are still very much in serious social distancing and self isolation mode. The motivation is beginning to lack, in our house at least. Trying to feel inspired about the short time we can exercise for each day is becoming harder.

We are well and safe so we are lucky and we are having a really lovely time with the kids. There is a lot that I am really making the most of. Time to garden, time to hoover behind big bits of furniture. I normally just pretend that the dust isn’t piling up!

There is still a certain amount of generally anxiety around – don’t you think. Particularly in supermarkets where people seem highly-strung and short tempered. I have also noticed it with people’s reactions whilst driving, and even whilst walking, at times. For a lot of households there is the added stress of financial issues, uncertainty of work. Then there are the single parents, maybe full-time or co-parenting, so having to say goodbye to their children every week. What about those people in isolation due to health issues and what about those with mental health needs. There are a lot of people with a lot going on.

I have been posting videos of exercises that support the lungs and chest and also can help with anxiety, stress, distress and depression. Wherever you are you can access these videos, at any time. Some people are following along as I do the video and others are using what they remember at a time convenient to them. These are on my Facebook page – link below. I can always send them via WhatsApp if you don’t use Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/shiatsuinexeter

Here is my most recent video – https://www.facebook.com/ShiatsuInExeter/videos/1096982903999972/

I have chosen to include this one as it includes exercises for both lungs and anxiety. It does have an interruption – which shows the perils of working from home!

I can always create personalised exercise routines if you require more specific exercises. I am also offering online consultations and support if needs be. You can email me at amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

So wherever you are do stay safe, keep on going, and shout if you need support.

xx

So How Are You Doing? Shiatsu support- Exeter, Devon

The only way to deal with the strange situation that we are in is to take one day at a time – right? Yesterday I was feeling a little strange, stranger than normal is a more honest statement.

This is what I felt and the realisation that I had.

Hello All

How are you doing?

💚I had a tough morning today – I woke and had that moment where everything is normal before remembering the situation we are in….

🧡I instanly felt low, and bamboozled, a bit unmotivated. I felt like the beautiful sun streaming in was mocking me!

❤I got up and was gentle to myself – ate a good breakfast and did some Do-In and stretching. I swept and cleaned the kitchen floor. Achieving something I can control helped me feel a whole lot better.

💚Later I did an exercise session with my husband and kids – I will try and video one of these sessions once we are in a rhythm – the Joe Wicks PE sessions taking place are a no-go for us – but a little mix of Self-Shiatsu and simple yoga poses is working for us.

🧡Each day I am limiting my contact with technology more and more. I am now off my personal Facebook page. I am hardly reading WhatsApp messages. I leave my phone away from me for hours at a time. I am not going on any news sites except once at lunch and 9nce in the evening. This is the best thing I could have done. I feel calmer, more grounded and quieter about the situation.

❤I realise one of the reasons I felt down was that I want to work. I am enjoying being at home but miss the interaction I get with clients. I love the therapeutic work and how it inspires me to push my self development.

💚So if you are interested in having a video consultation with me – in which I can provide support as I would in the consultation space at the beginning of the treatments – then get in touch. This would be on a donation basis – so please do consider this an option even if you feel it’s not financially possible.

🧡I can offer individual self care Shiatsu and exercises and lifestyle recommendations to support your individual needs.

❤And what about exercise classes online? Would you join in with me – if I did them live? These would offer exercises that support the lungs and chest, the body’s vitality and general energy. Also exercises to calm and ground. Again this would be for a donation.

💚Any other ideas? Anything else you would benefit from?

Take care everyone – be kind to yourself – these are strange times

xx

Coronavirus and Shiatsu Points – Exeter, Devon

My goodness these are pretty crazy times we are living in right now. I am loving the kindness that people are showing, looking to protect the vulnerable. I am not loving the fear-mongering news coverage or the me-first panic-buying.

We all have older or vulnerable people in our lives and it’s so hard to know exactly how to keep them safe from catching the virus.

If you, or someone you know, catches Coronavirus you may want try the points I have pulled together.

These Shiatsu points (same as Acupuncture and Acupressure points) are for coughs, lung issues, excess phlegm and breathlessness.

The points in the video may be useful for other common colds or lung issues you or those around you maybe suffering with.

I am always happy to give more detail if you would like it. Feel free to contact me and I can send further videos or arrange a Skype call.

Also I can provide more individual points or exercises if needs be. Whatever concerns or issues you may have there are points or exercises, that you can use at home, that maybe able to help.

Stay safe everyone – in this unusual situation – and please contact me if you’d like to discuss how I may be able to offer distance support.

Xx

Immune boosting Shiatsu – Exeter, Devon

I am still here – offering Shiatsu in Exwick, Exeter. This gentle form of therapy can help boost the immune system and ease high levels of stress. Both useful in these crazy Corona Virus times.

There is a lot of uncertainty at the moment and this can easily affect small businesses, like mine and many others.

I have had a cancellation tomorrow – Monday 16th at 11.30. Plus the, generally popular, 7pm appointment on a Tuesday is available this week – 17th.

I am offering sessions at these times for a reduced price of £35. If you can make either time then do email to book – amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

Another way to support my business would be to buy a gift voucher – maybe for mother’s day? Or for a friend or loved one. Vouchers can be used at any time, so won’t go out of date.

Shiatsu is very supportive an relaxing to have – it can be a great space to ease he mental strain of the uncertainty we are facing. It is also pretty enjoyable to receive!

Shiatsu or Fertility, Exeter, Devon

In my Exeter Shiatsu practice I have recently started working on Fertility with a couple of clients. I learnt how to use Shiatsu to support Infertility in my training a number of years ago, and was lucky enough to study with a teacher who specialises in this area. So when the opportunity came to work in this area I eagerly dug out my study notes, began further research and talked to other therapists who work in this field.

Shiatsu can support Fertility as well as Acupuncture or Reflexology can. There are a number of pressure points on the body, the same points used in Acupuncture, that help infertility specifically. There are also points to help support regular menstruation cycles and menstruation itself. There are points for good circulation and to help balance hormonal functions. All important when looking to conceive.

Shiatsu can also support male Fertility. Again there are specific points to help with this, along with ways to boost general energy and well-being. Ensuring that both partners are in the best shape possible.

I have really enjoyed working with the clients. Along with the Shiatsu we have looked at diet and lifestyle. Eating well and avoiding toxins in your diet is a really good start, in sessions I work closely with the client to make changes to their diet specifically. Shiatsu has a close connection to a form of exercise called Qi Gong, which is similar to Tai Chi. There are Qi Gong exercises that help support the work done in a Shiatsu session. Again I can give advice to clients on what specific exercises may help them

Shiatsu originates from Japan and therefore is based in eastern medical theory. When working with any clients Shiatsu looks to balance the body through using hands-on work, always given through clothes and generally on a futon mat on the floor. When a body is in balance then it’s in the best position to conceive.

Shiatsu can also help with the emotional and mental aspects of wanting to conceive but facing Infertility. It isn’t easy to face this situation and being able to release some of the tension and strain can bring an immense sense of relief. Shiatsu is deeply relaxing and can nurture healthy sleep and rest patterns. All of this can be very helpful when looking to conceive.

The number and frequency of Shiatsu sessions will be dependent on the individual case. I may see female clients at ovulation and in the pre-menstrual days. Regular sessions are important for both male and female clients. I work in Exeter, Devon, most days of the week and offer evening and daytime appointments.

Do contact me if you would like to discuss Shiatsu for Fertility. You can use the ‘Contact Me’ page on this site. You can also contact me on amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

How important is Self Care? Can Shiatsu Help? Exeter, Devon

‘Self Care’ is a real buzz term at the moment and I am pleased that it is. Whatever self care means to you it has to be important to take care of your own needs, right?

As a mum of two rather boisterous boys, who keep my husband and I on our toes all day, I understand the impact on my body and mind of a busy life. As a single person I had the time to give myself attention and care for my needs. Now when I have less time it’s even more vital to care for myself.

I constantly meet clients who have busy lives with others around them, that they care for. These clients have realised that the cannot care for others if they have no energy and resource left. They have come to have Shiatsu to get some support and care and attention.

Often these clients are in the process of building a structure of self care and want Shiatsu to be part of it. They have felt guilt and come up against practical limitations but have understood they do need time, space and care for themselves

Understandably I use Shiatsu as my support system. It is naturally caring and nurturing. It works on the system of Meridians (lines of energy) the Acupuncture uses. With Shiatsu I can boost my levels of energy, I can calm my thoughts, I can exercise my body to suit the day, time and my mood.

Because Shiatsu is so great as a support tool I have created a Self Care Shiatsu Course. In this course I introduce the principles of Shiatsu, show simple exercises to support one’s self care and techniques that can be used on friends and family.

The next Self Care course is this Sunday. I hold it in my wooden cabin, fondly known as the ‘Shiatsu Shed.’ I limit numbers so that the support and guidance is at a real high level. I also tailor the course to the needs of the specific participants. I ask for areas they would like to focus on and adapt the course accordingly.

Details of the course can be found here https://www.facebook.com/events/558410488339857/

Self Care Shiatsu – Exeter, Devon

Shiatsu is a nurturing and supportive form of therapy. It is a relaxing and enjoyable form of hands-on therapy, a form of massage through clothes. Shiatsu is also great for providing a structure of support for oneself.

In my Shiatsu treatments I nearly always provide recommendations to he client. These maybe around diet or lifestyle and can help the client support themselves between treatments.

I use Shiatsu to support myself and my family. It can be great to calm and ease distress for the kids. It also provides a structure for me to care for myself.

I have designed a course that introduces the principles of Shiatsu, so it can be use on oneself and on one’s friends and family. The course also introduces concepts within Shiatsu that can allow a great self care routine to happen.

If we don’t care for ourselves how do we care for those around us. If we actively take time to experience how we are and where we are we can gain perspective on our situation. With mindful care of ourselves come changes and personal growth. This benefits us but also those around us.

The next Shiatsu Self Care course is on Sunday 26th January. Details of the course can be found here

Supportive Shiatsu for a positive 2020

There is always a focus in early January to push the new year, new you drive. It seems a funny time of year to start crazy exercising regimes and crash diets.

Over indulging at Christmas is a strong motivation but deep winter is a time for quiet and rest. With deep winter reflection and meditation comes the energy to push through new growth in the Spring and blossom in the Summer.

Setting resolutions of what we leave behind in the old year and what we look to achieve in the new is really positive right now. Spring is the time to flesh out and explore the details of our plans. Right now is about just sitting with our thoughts and letting them quietly germinate in the soil.

Shiatsu can help keep you get in touch with the seasons and find your own rhythm. With rhythm comes fluidity, of mind and body. Easing of physical symptoms and lightness of thoughts and emotions.

The treatments are intuitive and tailored to the client’s exact needs, whatever they may be. This means you can just relax and know what you need is what you’re going to get. This deep relaxation can generate better energy levels, better sleep patterns and a calmer mind.

Shiatsu can help you connect with what is important to you. It can provide drive and focus to allow resolutions to be followed through and plans to come to fruition.

Shiatsu, in my experience, is beneficial for pain in general. It’s helped clients with joint pain and back pain, digestive and menstrual pain. I have helped clients to gain more mobility and flexibility in their joints, knees, necks, hips.

Shiatsu can help support the physical body and can also help ease mental and emotion strain. Living with physical complaints can affect the mental and emotional balance quite heavily.

So for 2020 how about some space for quiet reflection, regaining one’s balance and taking control of one physical and emotional wellbeing. Bring on the Shiatsu.

Getting started is easy, book in an initial session! We can discuss general health and wellbeing and you get 45 minutes of peaceful and relaxing hands on treatment. At the end I’ll give you an idea of how many sessions, and how regularly, you may need to begin to see a difference.

You can email me at amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk or call me or 07791 070837.

If this is the year to make some changes but you’re not sure how then try a Shiatsu.

Xx