As an AOBTA certified Zen Shiatsu Therapist, I provide Asian Bodywork Therapy sessions to help my clients achieve a relaxed physical and mental state, releasing chronic tension and accumulated stress, and so assisting the free and appropriate flow of energy. This, in turn, can promote more robust health, and a more enjoyable experience of just "being".
When we can free ourselves from the knots of energetic congestion, both physical and emotional, we can make our bodies, our true homes, more comfortable, more resilient, and better able to move gracefully through the world.
Shiatsu, meaning simply "finger pressure", is a traditional Japanese bodywork system based on the same energetic anatomy of points and meridians used by Acupuncturists. Using gentle but firm pressure, the meridians, or lines of energy, are stimulated to release tension and promote wellbeing.
Zen Shiatsu, as developed by Shizuto Masunaga, is a wonderfully adaptive method of direct touch bodywork which combines aspects of psychology (Masunaga was a professor of psychology at Tokyo University), orthodox shiatsu practice, and deep understanding of both Western and Eastern models of disease and healing.
“The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. … The shokunin has a social obligation to work his/her best for the general welfare of the people. This obligation is both spiritual and material, in that no matter what it is, the shokunin’s responsibility is to fulfill the requirement.” – Toshio Odate
Performed on a mat on the floor, the client, in comfortable clothes, will receive a treatment designed to address their particular needs.
Designed to access the energetic system beneath the meridians, these treatments stimulate the deep wells of Qi that support physical and emotional well being.
Tui Na is a challenging but effective treatment option for relief of orthopedic pain caused by trauma, such as sports injury and repetitive motion.
A gentle combination of movement against mild resistance combined with specific coordinated breathing to reset the body's neuromuscular matrix to relieve chronic tension that can lead to postural misalignments.
Combine the firm, vigorous approach of Tui Na with the gentle, nurturing therapeutic touch of Sotai for a balanced structural adjustment.
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