About Thumbs and Needles

My passion for Iokai Shiatsu

As a holistic practitioner I often witness extremes in people. Sometimes focus tends to be too much on the body and what is wrong with it and sometimes the focus seems to be too much on the moods and feelings experienced, ignoring what the body is trying to say.  To me the process of giving and receiving Shiatsu means; restoring the dynamic equilibrium of the body and mind.  Shiatsu encourages deep relaxation and healing during and after treatment.    

Shiatsu works through connecting with the patients meridian (energy pathway) system. When an experienced practitioner works with the meridian system, the body’s innate self-healing capacity is rekindled. Shiatsu was founded in Japan around the turn of the 20th century and stems from ancient oriental medicinal philosophy and practices, dating back well over 2500 years. Nowadays, Shiatsu is widely practiced both in East and the West and recognised as one of the branches of alternative therapy.

Shiatsu is received on a mat (futon) on the floor while wearing comfortable clothes. A treatment takes about an hour depending on the condition of the patient. In general a single treatment already benefits, yet as Shiatsu is a process, a serie of treatments enables a fuller and completer result.  A typical serie can range between 5 and 10 treatments.

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