What is Shiatsu ?

Shiatsu is Japanese word meaning firm fingershake. It is a energetic Japanese discipline that consists of streching and pressing on the whole body.

Shiatsu can not be translated as massage or medicine.
Shiatsu is better defined as a preventive technique concerned with relaxation
of whole person.

In the West, medicine has always followed a highly scientific path, where symptoms are used to determine the nature of the disease and then treatment is administered.
This form of medicine does not take into account the natural ability of a living organism to cure itself. This however, is the general approach of Eastern medicine, and Shiatsu in
particular. Shiatsu is a holistic therapy that aims to create harmony between all living organisms within the patient. The effectiveness of Shiatsu, is therefore, becoming more recognised in the West.

“Shiatsu is one of the eight alternative approaches appointed by the A4-0075/97 resolution
that the European Parliament voted on May 29 th , 1997; as well as an approach recognised as
“a worthy of interest non conventional medicine”.”

Who can benefit from Shiatsu ? In what conditions can be used to treat ?

Shiatsu is beneficial to anyone, whatever their age, who wants to maintain or develop a high level of physical and emotional well- being. This does not replace treatment for diseases or malformations that require strict medical care and attention.

The Benefits of Shiatsu

Having a Shiatsu massage regularly or occasionally helps you to :

  • Improve flexibility of muscle tissues
  • Heal muscular and joint pains
  • Fight tiredness and sleeplessness
  • Reduce the symptoms of menopause
  • Reduce headaches
  • Bring your energy back
  • Improve digestion and prevent constipation or bloating
  • Stimulate the blood and lymph system
  • Improve concentration
  • Soothe and deal with emotional stress
  • Reduce menstrual pains
  • Cope with life stresses such as a relationship breakdown, bereavement, house move, examinations etc.

Session Content : How does a session take place ?

Treatment begins with a private consultation in which we discuss your medical history and your lifestyle. We then discuss your expectations in order to eliminate potential contraindication, before finally setting up a first energy balance. An observation and evaluation will be the final part of your check up. This will inform the procedure of future treatments. All information collected by the practitioner will remain strictly confidential.
« Each session is unique and individualised »
According to the Japanese rites and the Shiatsu spirit, there is total respect between the practitioner and the client.
A session lasts for about 1H15 (interview included).
During a Shiatsu session, you keep your clothes on and you’re lying on a futon which is a Japanese mattress put on the floor. A casual outfit in natural fiber is preferable (no shirt, no jeans please).