What happens in a Shiatsu session?
At the beginning of the session, Stephen will evaluate your state of being by taking your pulse and looking at your tongue to determine the patterns of imbalance that may be present. Keeping your underwear on you will be covered by a large sheet and he will access your “Hara” or energy balance in your belly area. It is important for him to assess the “state of the Qi” in order for him to give you the most effective therapeutic session. Then he formulates the way forward that will give you the greatest therapeutic benefit.
During the Shiatsu uses a variety of manual techniques, including pressure, kneading, soothing and stretching to access the vital Qi of the body. In the case where the vital energy is low or deficient, he uses specific techniques to enhance and vitalize the Qi. When the client is over-stressed, wound-up, or anxious, he employs techniques to disperse the “excess” energy. In this way, the Qi is regulated. Shiatsu works to alleviate acute & chronic conditions, restore balance, and promote health.
A regular maintenance program of Shiatsu is an excellent way to maintain wellness and improve vitality. The schedule will vary for each person. One Shiatsu session per month is common and may work well to maintain balance for you. For others, a high-stress job, family demands, an overactive lifestyle, lack of exercise, or other factors may require Shiatsu or Acupuncture sessions on a more regular basis.
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