Shiatsu is a form of bodywork, which originated in Japan and is based on many of the same principles as acupuncture, with roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine. After assessing the constitution and condition of the client, I employ pressure techniques utilizing thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows or feet along energy meridians of the body. Shiatsu also includes rocking, kneading and stretching techniques. These techniques improve energy (qi) flow throughout the body, which helps to reduce stress, increase flexibility and maintain a high level of energy and health. The relaxation response induced by Shiatsu allows the receiver's natural healing ability to regenerate and repair the body/mind/spirit, maintaining the harmony of the whole.
Qi, which flows through energy meridians in the body, can become knotted or concentrated in some areas and deficient in others causing pain, fatigue and a general lack of well-being. Qi imbalances that are left unattended can become chronic health conditions. This work is very effective in treating chronic conditions that do not respond to traditional Western medicine or as a complement to Western treatment. It is also excellent as a wellness routine as it can prevent serious health issues by correcting minor imbalances before they become chronic conditions.
ShinTai is an extension of Shiatsu work, which assists in re-integrating and synchronizing the various aspects of one's being by treating the appropriate energy level of the receiver.
Various life events or traumas can cause energy to become trapped, leaving a portion of oneself in that time period or causing fixation on the future. Shin Tai aims to recover life force so that one is free to live in the present with a greater level of awareness and development.
I determine the priority of treatment to restore trapped or lost life force based on mechanical testing, energetic assessment and intuition. This work may include:
Meridian work (Shiatsu)
Gentle alignment of the structure using muscle energy and fascial release techniques
Central channel (Meningeal) release