Wet Exeter, with a hint of spring

Being in touch with the seasons is so important with Shiatsu. Listening to our bodies often fits with this too. In winter we want to go out less & in Spring & Summer we want to be out more, using more energy. As the seasons change it can be more difficult to listen to our bodies & follow the seasons – we are being pulled by two energies. This is very pronounced between quiet, still winter & strong, budding spring. So its exciting to see the first signs of spring, I saw my first wild daffodils, but they were too near a busy road to photograph. However I did take a snap of the first buds of the daffodils on our windowsill. 

This photo helps me remember we are not in full, blooming spring yet, it is only just beginning & we still have time to slowly wake from winter, before we push through with our new ideas & energies. If you would like to know more about Shiatsu massage please contact me through the contact me page. 

Healing touch – Shiatsu massage, Exeter, Devon

Touch is important in so many ways, comforting a child, cuddling a family member, kissing your partner. Shiatsu massage touch is one of nurture, of holding without expectation. It gives the body space to be, to react, to act, to do what it needs to do. It’s this space, away from any demands, that helps the body to heal, for the energy to rebalance & for the client to get a sense of relief, relaxation & also invigoration.

Shiatsu stretches for bedtime

Shiatsu massage is a powerful but gentle form of massage therapy that is suitable for all & it can support a large number of complaints. Most people can’t afford Shiatsu treatments as regularly as they would like so they look for lifestyle changes that they can make to support themselves, daily, between treatments. Because Shiatsu massage works with the energy in the body, getting it to flow & move with ease, stretching, meditation, diet & other lifestyle changes can help to keep the energy flowing, helping to alleviate complaints. 

At this time of year we should be resting as much as possible & if we are exercising it shou,d be gentle. When stretching it is always important to listen to your body & not push to far. Warming up is also important as is warming down. A great stretch to do at bedtime is the stretch relating to the Water element, relating to the 5 element diagnosis system that Shiatsu uses as one of its diagnosis tools. The water element governs sleep & rest as well as other things so bedtime is a great time to do it. It is a 2/3 minute stretch. Please see below for the the 2 steps in this stretch. If you are interested in knowing more about Shiatsu massage or would like to book an appointment with me in Exeter, Devon then please contact me through the contact me page.

Stretching for health

Daily stretching can help keep energy flowing in the body & it’s a recommendation that I give often to clients who want to support themselves between Shiatsu sessions. There are different ways & forms of stretching, sometimes strong stretching is important to a client, sometime restorative, yin stretching is appropriate. I try to stretch morning & evening & have found the evening stretching a little asker now I have included my kids in it. Every night we do this simple set of stretches, moving energy & calming down before bedtime. 

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Spring is coming?

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. 

If you’d like to understand more about Shiatsu & now it may be beneficial to you please contact me – through the contact me page. 

Shiatsu for pregnancy

​As Shiatsu is a gentle & supportive therapy it can be perfect for mums to be, women in labour & post natal mums.

Shiatsu works on the principal of creating balance within the body.  Balance gives the client a sense of ‘rightness’ & flow, physically, emotionally, mentally & spiritualy.  This flow helps the body achieve what it needs to within pregnancy, labour & afterwards.  

Shiatsu can help with many prenatal, labour & postnatal concerns, issues, pains & discomforts.  Restoring balance can help with morning sickness & heartburn & tiredness.  Shiatsu can help physical issues such as odema & pelvis pain.  It can also help support the mum to be with any emotional concerns they may be facing.  

Shiatsu can be used for induction of labour, bringing it on naturally. The contraindicated points can be given to the client to use themselves.  Similarly the points helpfully through labour can be provided, for the birth partner or mother to use.  The points can help relieve pain, provide comfort when needed & slow or speed up labour.

After birth there is a level of support a mum requires. It is one of the most special times in life but with the high levels of nurture the mother is providing someone nuturing the mother can be incredibly important.  If the labour has been tough in any way then this is even more important. Shiatsu can restore balance in the body that can resolve physical & emotional issues quickly, allowing mum & baby to get on with their life together.

I work out of Exwick, Exeter, Devon but for late pregnancy or early postnatal appointments it maybe possible to arrange home visits. For general information about Shiatsu & my practice here in Exeter, Devon go to the About page.

I’m really happy to discuss any concerns & issues & whether Shiatsu may be able to help.  Feel free to ring me or contact me through the contact me page.  

Real rest? Shiatsu, Exeter, Devon

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.





Shiatsu for stress, head or backache & chronic pain

Some of the main reasons clients come to have Shiatsu massage with me are in the heading of this blog. Backache is probably the main reason, lower back pain, sometimes with hip pain & siactica into the legs. Shiatsu has often helped this condition. Because it works with energy flow in the body, there is some discussion & awareness of the structural & muscular aspects of the complaint, the complaint can be looked at as areas of low energy & areas of too much energy & the Shiatsu can help balance these out. This can rectify the issue that the client is experiencing.

Because of the way Shiatsu works it can bypass emotional & mental strains, focus just on the body & the energy flow. The client doesn’t have to talk though their upset, although there is some time in the consultation for verbal discussion & often issues are at least mentioned. The client can get relief from their symptoms without talking at all! Stress & other emotional & mental strains can also easily affect the body, a relief from the physical can also help the mental. 

Chronic pain is one of the hardest conditions I come across. It is such a difficult thing to live with, & a lot of people I have seen have been suffering for years or decades. Clients have come as they have tried many other things to help with the pain & the many side affects, other physical issues, hormonal affects from medication, mental health issues from the strain. Shiatsu has given relief from pain at times, it has given a sense of support & energized the client to help motivate them to push forward with changes they think will help.

I am often really impressed by the affects Shiatsu can have. Obviously I believe in Shiatsu & love working with clients. If you think Shiatsu may be able to support you please get in touch – through the ‘contact me’ page.