Healing-Shiatsu individual sessions
- What is Shiatsu?
- What is Healing-Shiatsu?
- Individual Session: What to Expect
- Register of Qualified Practitioners
- The Orchard
Shiatsu is an ancient form of oriental medicine dating back 5000 years to the beginning of acupuncture. It is a traditional Japanese healing art which literally translated means "finger pressure".
In Shiatsu the practitioner uses his/her own fingers, palms, elbows, knees and feet to press along meridian lines on the body. These meridian lines, which have been described as "channels of living magnetic energy in the body", pass through the body and connect the vital organs. Although named after the vital organs, the functions of the meridians are much wider and encompass the whole being, at the emotional, mental, and physical level.An imbalance in a person's vital energy may manifest itself as a back problem, a headache, a mental depression, or in many other ways. By working along the meridians the practitioner summons energy to the places most in need and disperses the energy from the areas where it is congested, thus restoring balance to the whole body.Shiatsu is primarily a preventive medicine which helps to maintain an individual's health, vitality and stamina. It also strengthens the vital organs and prevents energy from getting blocked in the body.
What is Healing-Shiatsu?
Moriceau's extensive years of training and practice in both Zen Buddhism
and Shiatsu have led her to create an approach called 'Healing-Shiatsu'.
Healing-Shiatsu is a non intrusive form of healing: the practitioner's role lies in preparing the client physically and mentally so that a recovery can take place.
Through an understanding of the whole being - the breathing pattern, posture and mental attitude - practitioner and client reach to the true origin of the suffering, be it mental or physical.
Healing-Shiatsu asks the client little by little to take full responsibility for his/her own state of health. In addition to a shiatsu session the practitioner introduces, where relevant, a system of self-healing exercises aimed at working on certain areas of the body related to the condition of the individual.
Clients gradually come to realize that they possess the full power to be healthy and happy. It then becomes a matter of choice and of personal commitment, since without their co-operation no recovery in the real sense of the word can happen.
The relationshsip between client and practitioner becomes one of guidance and support: the client learns how to be independent and self-reliant and how to maintain a state of well-being throughout life.
Individual Session: What to Expect
A Healing-Shiatsu session lasts from 40 to 60 minutes. The session is given with the client fully dressed, but preferably wearing loose fitting clothes of natural fibre to allow for movement. The client is asked to lie on a comfortable mat on the floor, although the practitioner will take account of any physical disabilities.
After an initial talk the session begins.
Generally the practitioner works on the whole of the body. The session should not be painful, but if pain is felt the client should tell his/her practitioner at once. At the end of the session the practitioner may suggest and demonstrate some simple and practical exercices for the client to do at home to contribute to the process of recovery and become self-reliant.
The client should then go home and rest for a couple of hours or at least should not engage in strenuous or stressful activities. The effect of a Healing-Shiatsu session may be felt immediately, or later on in the day. If strong reactions are being experienced at a later stage, the client should not hesitate to contact the practitioner who will be able to explain the reactions and make suggestions to help ease the discomfort felt.
Often clients ask how many sessions they will need. It is impossible to generalise, as even two people with similar physical complaints may need to come for different periods of time.
In acute conditions the client is advised to come weekly. When his/her condition is stabilised he/she can then come fortnightly, and finally monthly for a check-up. In that sense the whole process of healing is individual and practitioner and client can together decide on the best course of action.
Register of Qualified Practitioners
The Healing-Shiatsu Education Centre keeps an up-to-date register of qualified Healing-Shiatsu Practitioners. Please contact the Administrator of the Centre to receive a list of qualified practitioners in your area.
Hereford HR2 0HP
Tel: 01873 860 207