Sun and Shiatsu, Exeter, Devon

Sitting in the sun looking for inspiration for today’s blog I realised a couple of things.

The energy at the moment, be it bright and light, has a strong connection to the earth, a sense of grounding, a sense of feeling supported.

I am really enjoying this natural grounded feeling. I generally need to work hard to feel at this so this is a pleasant change for me. How about you?

I have found it the perfect energy for quiet meditation and reflection, for connecting to nature and for leaving my head and thoughts behind and listening to my intuition. Also hard foe ne normally! I have found it easier to sit in the present and be grateful for what I have.

To me this is an extra special present from nature, who knows what the next couple of months or the rest of the year will be like. What a pleasure to have such light and warmth, even for a short while.

I have also enjoyed stretching, which is a serious Spring energy form of exercise. There is some movement and motivation generated by this energy that is really easy to harness.

Look I saw people in shorts and t-shirts at the supermarket and a friend was talking about planting out her seedlings. Let’s not get carried away. It feels like there is still the quiet, inward energy of Winter around – but pleasantly balanced with the upward, outward Spring energy.

As far as I understand the ‘fake Spring’ disappears tomorrow but I’m hoping my practice stays. I am so enjoying feeling comfortable in my own quiet, whilst waking my body slowly from its Winter slumber with a good amont of yoga and stretching.

I am enjoying my Shiatsu practice too. There is more energy to play with. Everyone retreats and retracts in the Winter, they need boosting up. The Spring brings more movement and flow of energy. The work seems to still be pretty transformational, following from big shifts that started last year. Clients are leaving behind old habits and actions and are steping forward. They are really feeling their hurt and pain but are happy to do so, understanding they have to to move on.

I say make hay whilst the sun shines, make the most of these special few days. But get ready to hanker down again as that Winter energy is still around and hasn’t funished with us yet!

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Shiatsu in the Spring, Exeter, Devon

Having had a great family time over the last week, what great weather for half term, I am back offering Shiatsu.

Boy has Spring started springing. The Spring energy is upwars and out, like the bulbs pushing up and through the earth.

When in balance this energy allows us to use our creativity, to conjure up plans and ideas. It allows us to be adaptable and flexible, physically and mentally.

When out of balance the Spring energy can make us feel like we are stuck in a rut, like we’ve got no options. We can feel tight and inflexible, quick to anger or frustration.

Spring loves a good stretch, like waking from sleep, after the cold Winter warming the body. So gentle does it but some yoga or simple stretches can help the body get in tune with the season.

Spring is the time for ideas and planning, fruition and flowering comes later. So it’s not time to do too much, more time to plan what you’d like to acheive.

I offer Shiatsu on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with some evening appointments available.

I work in Exwick, Exeter and have clinics in Exmouth and Dawlish.

Xx

Valentines and Shiatsu, Exeter, Devon

Valentine’s day is approaching fast but there is still time to get hold of some gift vouchers for your valentine.

What could be a better gift that a seriously satisfying Shiatsu massage. An hour to relax, whilst those knots get softened and that energy gets a boosted.

Get in touch on 07791 070837 or email me at amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk to arrange. I can drop vouchers within a reasonable distance of Exwick, so they can still be ready for Thursday.

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Go on let it go – with Supportive Shiatsu in Exeter

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Well this year started with a wind of change. Everyone I know began the year by cleaning and clearing their house. Moving on their junk and excess belongings, shifting furniture to sweep away dust and getting the brushes out for at least a touch up.

There was such a strong cleansing energy it was almost irresistible, did you feel it? There is also an energy around allowing people to let go of their emotional baggage. Have you noticed old patterns and behaviours, historical emotional experiences coming back into your mind?

I have a lot of clients who are harnessing the opportunity to revisit their pain and hurts and question their old behaviours. Through having Shiatsu they have been able to understand the self-beliefs that have led to the negative habits or emotional situations.

The Sessions of Shiatsu are very supportive and provided a secure and safe environment to really feel how you are. Being held, through physical touch, allows emotions to rise and be released. Old patterns that aren’t helpful can be felt and then dropped. This feels like a good time to look at our complex and complicated journeys. It feels like it is ‘in the air.’ That doesn’t mean it is easy.

Our lives leave physical imprints on our bodies. Pain and tension, weakness and injury take their toll. Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy that can help support the body, mind and soul. In my experience it can loosen tension and strengthen areas of weakness. Attending to the physical issues but also the emotional holding that is generally attached to an injury.

So are you feeling what I am feeling? Can you sense that this is a good time to let old things go and move forward with freedom and confidence? Come and have a Shiatsu with me and see if it’s the thing to help you to go forward.

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Shiatsu, Massage, Body-Work and Therapy, Exeter, Devon

So how does Shiatsu fit in as a therapy? Is it a massage? – Well a client once said ‘It’s not like any massage I’ve ever had.’ It does use massage techniques but is always given through clothes, which is an obvious difference to a lot of forms of massage. It is also given on a futon mat on the floor, although can be given on a couch or chair.

Is it a therapy? Although it isn’t a talking therapy, psycho-therapy or counselling it can release held emotions, traumas, stresses and strains from the body.

Is Shiatsu body-work? Most definitely and although it comes at things from a different angle to physiotherapy or sports massage, for instance, it can still help ease pain and increase mobility.

Is Shiatsu energy work? Although it is different to Reiki and other forms of healing it can still help build the levels of energy in the body. Shiatsu can help with the balance of mind and body and spirit.

So what is it? It is an unique form of hands-on therapy that can provide balance in the body. Whether the clients concerns are physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or a bit of all of them, Shiatsu has the ability to re-balance the energy and ease the symptoms. It can be good for aches and pains, for stress and anxiety, for sleep and relaxation.

It is a pretty physical form on therapy, with some great stretches and rotations. Obviously it is only as physical as appropriate for each client. It is a little like Thai or Yoga massage but looks to work the Meridians, lines of energy, that Acupuncture and Acupressure use.

Maybe you have tried various forms of massage and other therapies, Acupuncture, Reflexology for instance. If what you have tried hasn’t scratched your itch as it were, then you may want to try a session on Shiatsu with me.

I am personally interested in providing a space for my clients that is safe, in which they can feel and express in anyway they feel they want to. Clients have their own stories and journeys and generally want to move on, away from physical issues or leaving behind past habits or upsets. I hope to support them to do this by bringing their attention to their bodies, where and how is the body holding trauma and what touch provides relief or release.

I work in Exwick, in Exeter, just behind Exeter St. David’s train station. I offer appointments on most days of the week and I have evening appointments available. I also have pop-up clinics in Exmouth and Dawlish.

Check out my Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/shiatsuinexeter

Have a look at the Shiatsu Society Website http://www.shiatsusociety.org.uk

Thanks for reading

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Shiatsu for Mum’s, Exeter, Devon

I have recently worked with a couple of mums who have really benefited from their sessions of Shiatsu with me.

Both women are just into their 30’s and have at least 3 children each.  They have both just had another child and were really feeling the strain of their expanded family.

Both women are incredibly independent and  the type of person people will come to for support and nurture. This was adding extra strain to their lives.

Both were finding their bodies weren’t recovering from the birth of their child as quickly as they had hoped.  They had physical pain in the pelvis and lower back.  Both had began their menstrual cycle quickly after the birth and this was causing mental distress and physical pain.

They were also carrying a large amount of physical tension in their upper back, shoulders and neck, from busy lives, physical jobs, carrying babies and children.

The shock for them was that they weren’t able to push through like they had previously been able to.  This affected them both physically and mentally.  It also brought up emotionally distress, both present and historical.

Gentle and supportive Shiatsu gave them the space to relax and rest. Just lying on the futon mat on the floor, on which Shiatsu is given, was a relief for them.

Shiatsu helped their bodies re-balance after giving birth.  Their physical and mental symptoms began to ease.

The Shiatsu strengthen the weaker areas; pelvis, lower back and eased the areas of tension; shoulders, neck.

They expressed that they felt more themselves and that they could go with the flow more easily.

They had better energy levels and were able to manage the full-on physicality of their busy lives.

They came weekly and began to see big changes after two Shiatsu sessions. When working with anyone who is under strain I like to work weekly if at all possible. I would then hope to extend the space between sessions until the client is only coming two or three times a year for on-going support.

A session of Shiatsu is an hour long with 45 minutes of hands-on work.  The rest of the hour is used for a short consultation at the beginning and time at the end to ‘wake up’ from the Shiatsu. I charge £40 a session but cost can always be discussed.

I work in a really love space in Exwick, Exeter.  We have a wooden cabin in the garden, it is solid wood and provides a clean and natural environment to enjoy this unique therapy.

I offer Shiatsu appointments on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.  I have evening appointments available.  As well as Exeter I have pop-up clinics in Dawlish and Exmouth. Watch out for dates for these two places.

I have loads of photos of Shiatsu here and these are a great way to get an idea of what a treatment involves.

If you wanted to know more about Shiatsu have a look on the pages on this site or head to the Shiatsu Society website for their info.

I’m also happy to answer questions so do call me on 07791 070837 or email me on amyhinkswright@yahoo.co.uk

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