Down here in Exeter, Devon we have had a strong reminder of modern day priorities. A new IKEA has opened in the town & boy do we know about it. The build up has been immense, & the hype has been unbelievable. IKEA were able to show films inside, the general very sacred, Exeter Cathedral, they have put furniture on the high street & rowed a viking long boat down the river Exe. You can’t say their publicity hasn’t been top notch. Local press have been advising people to plan their journeys as the traffic to IKEA is going to cause delays!
Over the past few days I have found myself repeating ‘it is only a shop’ a lot. It has been a strong reminder of the values we seem to have in this society, we value the ability to purchase products, particularly at a reasonable price with some style it seems.
This blog isn’t a rant it is an expression of the sadness I feel with the loss of contact with nature & the world around us. Also the lack of value of our inner world, the peace & calm we can find within. Generally our society doesn’t value self-care & support much either. We are always on the move, with something to get done or somewhere to be, no time to rest, just be, meditate or take care of ourselves.
The people that I meet who are most at peace with themselves aren’t thinking about when they can next go shopping. These people are giving space & time to themselves. I treat a couple of therapists who use Shiatsu as a support tool for their own healing & development.
Shiatsu allows me to reconnect to what is important to me & to be quiet & still for a time. In a Shiatsu session I create a space that is quiet & still & allows the client to just be, to rest & to heal. The space can create time away from modern day expectations & demands, stresses & strains. A chance to get back to what our personal priorities are.
April has been a really busy month for me & my family. I have given lots & lots of Shiatsu, which is great. There has been lots of catching up with friends & family & time with my husband & kids. We have had visitors, been away & had bugs come home from school.
Along with all this I have been able to get a few treatments for myself. As a therapist it is quite easy to forget how important it is to get support for yourself. One of my resolutions this year is to get at least a treatment a month & always get a treatment when I do an event.
Having Shiatsu or other therapies also helps with your own practice. As I peel back the layers of my own healing journey I feel I am better placed to support others with their healing. I have learnt a lot about myself since I started giving Shiatsu & it feels that this last month has shown me some really important lessons.
Wow after the last crazy month I am so looking forward to this bank holiday three day weekend. It’s just me, my husband & our boys, we have very few plans & no obligations. As a family we need some down time & personally I need some rest time.
I know that this rest will put me in the perfect place for giving healing & nurturing treatments when I get back to work on Tuesday. I am very much looking forward to bringing the lessons & understandings, I have experienced recently, to my therapy sessions in the coming weeks.
I am back to work in Exeter this week. I do have some spaces on Tuesday, Wednesday evening & Friday, if you are interested in using Shiatsu as a space to continue your own healing journey.
Until then have a great bank holiday weekend. I’m off to chill, relax, enjoy nature, rest & refresh. See you on the other side.
Shiatsu is a very supportive & nurturing form of hands-on therapy so can really help support a client suffering from Stress, Anxiety, Depression or other mental strain.
As Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy it approaches the situation from a different angle to ‘talking therapies.’ Our bodies hold our stresses & strains, whether physical, mental or emotional. Rather than talking through their concerns a client can relax & feel how they feel. Physically working the body can lead to emotional release & relief, that maybe harder to come by through talking or discussion.
Shiatsu provides a safe & open environment that allows a client to relax & just be. There are no expectations or demands. The space is held for the client to explore how they feel, to the extent that they feel happy to.
I offer Shiatsu in Exwick, Exeter, where I have a wooden cabin in the garden. Every other Friday I work in Dawlish at a lovely space called The Studio. Then once a month I work at The Sol Shop Treatment Rooms in Exmouth. I work most days of the week now although I still look after my youngest son & do the school run. I have some evening appointments available & I work some Saturdays.
Do have a look at my Facebook page. You may want to like the page to keep up to date with offers & events.
Enjoy the bank holiday weekend, whatever your plans. Do get in touch through the ‘Contact Me’ page if you would like to discuss if Shiatsu maybe for you.
I have been promoting my Shiatsu practice a lot recently however I also offer Natural Face Lift Massage. This massage is incredibly relaxing & pampering. It is a face, scalp, shoulder & neck massage that uses Shiatsu points on the face & Indian & Japanese massage techniques.
Natural Face Lift Massage relaxes the whole body, even though it only works the face, neck & shoulders. The Shiatsu points that are used affect the whole body, so issues across the body can be remedied along with the face being smoothed & tightened.
This nurturing treatment also leaves the face more relaxed, the tension that we hold in our jaws & around our eyes can be released. The loose skin on the face can be tighten & strengthen, the treatment smooths & lifts the skin.
A lot of people hold their tension in their neck & shoulders & this massage can ease & release this tension. This Natural Face Lift Massage gets right into that tension, massaging those knots & stretching the neck & shoulders.
If you would like to know more about this massage or Shiatsu then have a look at the pages on this site. I offer Shiatsu in Exeter, Dawlish & Exmouth. I offer Natural Face Lift Massage in Exeter. I have a real wood cabin in my garden, in Exwick, Exeter where I practice both Natural Face Lift Massage & Shiatsu. It’s the perfect place to relax & have some me time.
I’m always happy to discuss Natural Face Lift Massage or Shiatsu so do get in touch through the ‘Contact Me’ page.
It’s nearly time for me to be heading up to the north of this beautiful county, to be an exhibitor at the North Devon Mind, Body, Soul Festival. It was such a joy to give lots of Shiatsu taster sessions there last year so I can’t wait to do it again this year.
To me it felt like a very special event, there are simply loads of exhibitors & an incredible buzz about the place. It was such a welcoming, open & positive event & i would say well worth a trip.
It’s on Saturday & Sunday, 10am till 4pm. Shiatsu taster sessions are 30 minutes long & £20. For information on the the event or to book in advance head to the Big Sheep Website
Maybe I’ll see some of you there, to get a first taste of Shiatsu or to get a really cheap but pretty long treatment. If you would like to know more about Shiatsu or me have a look at my ‘About Shiatsu’ page or my ‘About Me’ page. I also have a Facebook page, which you can like to hear about events & offers.
Have a good weekend whatever you plans.
Shiatsu is a gentle & supportive form of hands-on therapy so it suitable for any age . It can be given to children & they often lap it up. I have given family sessions, where the whole family has a treatment. These can be given as a home visit, which is agreed through discussion.
It is very accessible. It is generally given on a futon mat on the floor. I also have a couch & a massage chair so if the floor is difficult then there are other options. Shiatsu can be given with the client lying or sitting in any position, allowing the client to always be comfortable. It always given through clothes but still provides a strong connection & satisfying massage.
Shiatsu provides a safe touch, which allows the client to quickly drift into a deeply relaxed state. As it is a safe & secure form of therapy it can allow a client to explore their emotional or mental balance, feeling this through their bodies rather than thinking or talking it through. This can allow tension caused by stress, depression or anxiety to be released.
Shiatsu is tailored to suit that client on that day, which can make it a satisfying form of therapy, meeting the client how they want to be meet. It is a gentle but powerful form of therapy, although it can be more physical when appropriate, including stretches & rotations.
Shiatsu uses the same Meridians (lines of energy) in the body that Acupuncture uses. We also use the same pressure points on those Meridians. We use massage techniques to work the Meridans & points to help the body to regain balance. When the body is in balance symptoms can ease, energy levels can rise, stress & anxiety can fall away, sleep can become deeper & healthier. The body can feel like everything is working as it is supposed to, there is more flow & fluidity physically, mentally & emotionally.
I have had a lovely day learning how to give Ginger Compress treatments. They are an amazing remedy that creates warmth in the body. The compress warms the kidneys, which are the burners for the body, energising the whole system. They can help alleviate a number of symptoms.
I love learning new skills & catching up with Shiatsu colleagues. Professional development courses are so important, for gaining new skills, but also for bringing new ideas & life to your practice. I am really looking forward to the Shiatsu treatments I will be giving this week.
I am in Exeter this week but also, on Friday, I have my first pop-up day in Exmouth. I’m really excited about bringing Shiatsu to Exmouth. Next week, as always I will be in Exeter & I have spaces on Tuesday & Wednesday. I am also in Dawlish on Friday 23rd & I have spaces at midday & 1pm still available.
Shiatsu is a gentle but powerful form of hands-on therapy. It is suitable for everyone & is tailored to meet the needs of that client at that time. It can be good for physical aliments as well as emotional & mental stresses & strains. Shiatsu is very relaxing but can also help with energy levels. Shiatsu can aid sleep & help with anxiety, stress & depression.
So a busy week of treatments for me. I love giving Shiatsu & I’m always happy to discuss it if you have any queries. You can get in touch through the ‘Contact Me’ page.
Have a good week everyone.