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Shiatsu is a therapeutic massage from Japan.
Shi means finger and Atsu means pressure. It has roots in Traditional Chinese Medicine and anma, the traditional Japanese massage. Shiatsu provides a great relaxation.

It helps the energy to circulate freely in the body and thus relieves common disorders such as:
▪ tiredness, stress and anxiety
▪ digestive and elimination issues
▪ sleep problems
▪ muscle and joint stiffness
▪ emotions that overwhelm us (anger, sadness, fear …)
▪ chronic disorders
Shiatsu is also a path of self-knowledge, because it makes us realise our weaknesses and soothes and regulates our emotions.

Who can get a shiatsu massage?
Shiatsu is beneficial to all including children and pregnant women.
It is not practiced on people with acute illness.

What happens during a session?
Shiatsu massage is given over the clothes. You can bring with you a comfortable pair of loose trousers (not a jean) and change clothes if needed.
A session lasts 1 hour 30 (the actual massage is 1h).
The therapist performs a series of pressure, palpation and stretching with the thumbs, palms, or elbows, on the whole body along the meridians.

What is a meridian?
Meridians are energy channels that distribute different types of energy in our body. Energy can be understood as a flow of life that create and activate all the parts of our body, from our cells to our muscles, from our body fluids to our bones. Traditional Chinese Medecine, from which shiatsu derivates, has put to light and codified the different types of energies and their interaction in our self.
Stress and crises we face create imbalances in the flow of energy. These imbalances bring psychosomatic illnesses and chronic disorders.
The shiatsu therapist helps to regulate the flow of energy in the patient’s body, by dispersing or boosting it. A better flow of energy creates a powerful feeling of relaxation and calm, and helps restore the balance between body and mind.

How often should I get a shiatsu massage?
The asian perception of medicine is different from the western one. Traditionnal medecine (including massages) and personal practices, such as martial arts, yoga or dô-in, are used to preserve good health rather than to cure the dysfunctions of the body and mind. As such, shiatsu is a very good preventive therapy. Thus, consider getting a shiatsu massage even when all goes well!
Getting a shiatsu massage can be really useful in anticipation of big events in our life (exams, moving house, wedding, etc.) and also to help you to get through those events peacefully. Shiatsu is also recommended to boost your immune system during winter and to help you body to adjust to seasonal changes.

How to prepare for a session?
To enjoy your shiatsu massage, wear comfortable clothes (not a pair of tight jean). You can changes clothes in our changing room. Avoid eating just before receiving a shiatsu. You may want to enjoy this relaxing experience by freeing your agenda afterwards or at least not planning to many commitments.

Shiatsu is recognized?
On 29 May 1997, the European Parliament recognized shiatsu as a « non-conventional medicine of interest » along with osteopathy, homeopathy, naturopathy and traditional Chinese medicine (resolution A4-0075/97) .

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