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Shiatsu derives from the Japanese form of acupressure. In many respects treatment is like massage, but with the therapist working with the acupuncture points and meridians, using the thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows and even knees and feet to apply pressure to these energy lines.

The aim of shiatsu is to stimulate this energy to smooth its flow, and in the process remove any imbalances, blockages or deficiencies - which tend to manifest in health or emotional problems. Shiatsu tries to harmonise the flow of energy throughout the whole person: mind, body and spirit. Stimulating the body's energy will help your own immune system and enhance your body's natural ability to heal itself.

Shiatsu therapy is an important part of a preventative or rehabilitative health care programme. After treatment, most people experience relief from their discomforts-relief from pain, increased flexibility, calmer mood, and clearer mind. Many people find that deep, restful sleep comes more easily for several nights. A small percentage of people may feel tired or headachy for a few hours, or may temporarily experience minor localized muscle stiffness. This is a normal reaction to the treatment as the body readjusts and rebalances and will pass within 1 to 3 days.

For more information, contact:

The Shiatsu Society
Courtyard Barns/Buckwell Lane, 
Rugby. CV23 0BJ

Tel: 0845 130 4560

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