Notes for Clients
Structure of a Shiatsu Session
Shiatsu is normally done with the receiver lying on a futon on the floor. The practitioner exerts pressure, mainly with the thumbs and palms of the hands, on energy channels (meridians) that run through the body. Some manipulation and joint rotation may also be used. The aim of an individual session is to support the receivers energy to become more balanced as it flows through the energy meridians. In this, it is similar to accupuncture, from which shiatsu is partially derived.
A session begins with a diagnosis of the flow of energy in the meridians, so that the practitioner knows where to concentrate the work. The treatment will cover the whole body, and, typically, be given with the receiver in 2 different positions (for example, lying on their back and on their front or side). A session may last anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour, depending on the needs of the receiver. The receiver can give feedback or ask questions at any time during the session. At the end of the session, another energy diagnosis will be done in order to see whether any change has occurred.
When receiving shiatsu, you remain fully clothed. It is best to wear loose, preferably cotton, clothing, such as a cotton track suit.
Avoid having a large meal before or directly after having shiatsu
A session usually lasts between 45 and 60 minutes and costs £40 (concessions available).
When you first come for shiatsu, the therapist will take a case history to find out about any existing medical conditions, medication, etc. This first session usually lasts about 1 1/2 hours, to allow time for this discussion.
Some people have a reaction the day after receiving shiatsu. This may be a boost of energy, a feeling of wellbeing, tiredness, or perhaps slightly flu-like symptoms, as toxins are released. These symptoms should pass off in about a day. If you have any questions about reactions to a session, contact the practitioner to discuss these.