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© 2019 - Sarah Bristow Registered Practitioner Lc Ac. BSc (Hons) MBAcC
 
Acupuncturist | Shiatsu Therapist | Yoga Instructor

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professional shiatsu

relaxing holistic healing technique

Shiatsu can be a great benefit to your health, a traditional Japanese therapy that is a relaxing bodywork technique. Shiatsu is helpful for a variety of different health problems, providing relief for those suffering from upper and lower back strain, muscle and joint pain, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive and respiratory complaints and many other ailments.

Studying in Tokyo, Japan and London, I ran and taught the professional training course for Shiatsu Medicine in the UK, at The Shiatsu College, Brighton.

My approach draws on Traditional Oriental Medicine and Scariavelli inspired yoga, invoking the innate intelligence of your body, facilitating you to open the deep skeletal and muscular structures and the nervous system in the problem areas of the neck, back and whole body.
 

the health benefits of shiatsu 

remedial treatments

The health benefits of Shiatsu remedial treatments Shiatsu is a relaxing procedure and like acupuncture, it works to treat and heal by manipulating the bodys pressure points.

Commonly referred to as "Acupuncture without needles" Shiatsu differs from acupuncture in the fact that no needles are involved in the procedure, but instead it works on the bodies meridians by applying gentle pressure, stretches and rotations to the limbs and joints. Shiatsu treats most health conditions, however I specialise in treatments for back pain, migraines, women's health including pregnancy, labour, pre and post natal support, together with a wide range of other health and stress related issues.

Shiatsu treatments usually take place at floor level on a soft mat or futon, on which you lay wearing comfortable clothing and receive gentle, yet deeply effective treatment of acupressure points, muscles and joints, with the use of my hands, thumbs, knees and elbows, and sometimes feet! Unlike other deep tissue massage, Shiatsu treats the full body holistically. The actual procedure is very relaxing, so not only is it good for your body but it also can relieve stress, migraines and headaches.

As I am based in the South East, most of my clients come to my clinic in Lewes from the surrounding area, as well as travelling  from all over the South of England including London, Brighton and as far as Bath. I also offer a mobile service to homes and offices in Lewes and the local surrounding area.

what is shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a natural healing therapy, which originated in Japan. I would like to outline some general information about Shiatsu treatment, giving you an overview of its background and insights in to its history, benefits and the methods of treatment involved in providing a Shiatsu.

 

Shiatsu is an ancient form of therapy that has been practised for hundreds of years in Japan and dates back to at least the 6th century. Over time, elements of Western science of the body "physiology" such as chiropractic treatment and physiotherapy have been incorporated in to what is now known as Shiatsu today, it is also closely related to massage, healing and physiotherapy.

 

A practitioner uses their hands, applying a variety of techniques, including pressure with the fingers, thumbs, palms and occasionally knees, feet and elbows. However, the unique qualities and nature of touch that are applied to a patient, whether addressing a serious condition or for general health and stress management, gives Shiatsu a distinct place amidst health practices.

 

Oriental medicine, often known as Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a metaphorical science, with poetic use of language; references to the natural world of landscapes, to include the flow of rivers, qualities of metal and earth evolved to reveal how we are both a mirror and an integral part of nature.

 

Some of the points used for Acupuncture and Shiatsu have very evocative names, for example ‘Bubbling spring’ at the center of the sole of the foot. Therefore, treatment aims to restore a healthy relationship with nature, with the natural power and qualities of touch for corrective therapy, which will strengthen the body systems, while influencing the deep levels of the nervous system.

 

A remedial and restorative treatment, Shiatsu can establish and support good health alongside chronic and painful discomfort. Shiatsu is closely related to Acupuncture in that it draws on the same foundations of philosophy, theories of medicine and health, rooted in the foundations of Traditional Oriental Medicine over 2500 years ago.

 

Shiatsu in Japan is officially recognised as a medical treatment by the Japanese Ministry of Health and its practitioners are regulated much like other medical jobs such as doctors and nurses. Shiatsu can help with a variety of ailments by manipulating the body's innate natural energy or Ki to help realign and re-balance itself.

the benefits of shiatsu for your health

Shiatsu can help to alleviate aches and pains, but in truth it has many additional benefits for people who undergo regular treatments, including but not limited to helping with:-

 

  • Back pain, Sciatica and Backache,

  • Anxiety,

  • Aches and pains,

  • Sports injuries and muscle stiffness,

  • Stress,

  • Stomach problems and constipation, ​

  • Helping to promote general health and feelings of well-being.

 

During the Shiatsu you remain fully clothed, no oils, creams or lotions are used, you lay on a traditional Japanese mat called a futon, at floor level.

 

If you wish to find out more about Shiatsu during pregnancy, and its postnatal benefits please contact me about this.

Sarah practices Shiatsu in Lewes.

Sarah Bristow, Professional Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Yoga therapist
Phone Sarah Bristow on 01273 803699