Ok so I am based down in the south west of England, in Exeter, Devon & I appreciate that further up the country & particularly into Scotland there aren’t the small signs of spring coming that we are seeing here.It has been wet here today, & we do get a lot of rain in Devon! So signs of warming up & a change of season are very welcome!
In terms of Shiatsu diagnosis we are still very much in the Water element time of year. Quiet reflection & rest are vital in the colder months, storing & building energy for use over Spring & Summer. If we don’t rest now there is a possibility of burn out by the end of the warmer months. However it is now alright to start looking outwards & forwards a little. Being gentle & listening to our bodies & ourselves we can also start to send out our first tentative shoots, like the first plants of the year.
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So I’ve had a lovely day – kid free – with old friends & family – taking photos of me giving a Shiatsu & some of the useful stretches that go alongside it – to support clients between sessions.
Here’s a taster of some of the photos.
I was in a conversation today with someone who was discussing how tired parents of young children get. Lack of sleep along with long relentless days, emotional & mental demands from the children & requests for support & attention. You feel like you are just getting back to some level of normality when an illness or growth-spurt strikes & you get knocked right back to pure exhaustion again!
Its not just having children that can make people tired. There are so many of us, in our non-stop western society, that are running with a level of tiredness. Jobs that demand extra hours or unsocial hours, a 24 hour culture with regards to shopping & socializing, supporting family & homes to look after.
So what can we do to help ourselves, to be less tired? (Well apart from Shiatsu massage of course!) We need to rest, particularly in these colder, darker days of winter. My conversation this morning began me thinking about how to get real rest. It is extremely difficult to do this within our busy lives. My thoughts were regular support & ‘me’ time, Shiatsu, massage, pamper days. Also retreat time, either at an actual retreat or at a health-club, or a holiday away without anyone else. The thing I decide I would do, to help me rest, was to be more regular with daily practice.
Short spells of space can help to punctuate & regulate our busy lives. Meditation once or twice a day, yoga, Qi Gung or Tai Chi exercise for 5 or 10 minutes once or twice a day, resting with a towel over your eyes for 5 minutes a day. Sometimes my daily practise is consistent & in those times I do feel more rest & space.
I think I may go & book a weekend retreat too though! If you are interested in finding out if Shiatsu may help your levels of tiredness please contact me through the ‘contact’ me’ page.
Feeling excited about the opportunities that this year may hold for Shiatsu. I have done a few events over the past few years, both on my own & with a gang of local fellow Shiatsu practitioners. This year looks to be the best so far. Collectively we already have three local Exeter fairs that we will attend. It’s always such a great day, lots of Shiatsu, meeting new people & catching up with old clients & friends.
We are also looking to plan Shiatsu-a-thon’s. These are days filled with reduced priced Shiatsu, so it’s affordable to all. They’ll be in a local Exeter community centre, central to town & they be fundraising for worthy projects. We are hoping they will be popular & will introduce Shiatsu to a whole load more people.
I can’t wait to see what this year brings – as the event’s get nearer I’ll post them in here. Any queries do contact me – details on the ‘contact me’ page.