The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Maggie Richards, Meditation, Self-Betterment and Surrendering to the Spiritual Path

the shiatsu guy podcast - Maggie RichardsIn episode Eleven of the podcast, Simon your host, interviews Maggie Richards, a Mindfulness and Meditation teacher,  Somatic Experiencing Trauma Therapist and author of A Guide to Being a Better Being by Maggie Richards – out this year!

In this episode we explore Maggie’s path of development and the beginning of her spiritual path, her journey to becoming a Meditation and Mindfulness teacher and learning Somatic Experiencing, as well as how she discovered her Spiritual Teacher, transforming herself in the process…

Maggie talks about her experience of living a heart-centred path and how her destiny aligned to bring her to where she is professionally and spiritually in her life now.

We get a bit esoteric in this episode and discuss the human journey, why we are ‘here’ and the lessons we have to learn as human incarnations on this earth…

It all comes down to love, taking responsibility for our own development and getting out of your own way!

Have a listen to the episode and join in the conversation. Please leave a comment below about your own experiences on the path 🙂

Maggie is currently working through the publishing process with her publisher and doesn’t have a publication date as yet… In the podcast (which was recorded over a month before release) she was looking to use another book title and other publishing options… Things can change quickly 🙂

The Contents of Maggies book: A Guide to Being a Better Being

(Working title was The Girl Who Found Herself)

CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Meditation

Chapter 2 – Spiritual Retreats

Chapter 3 – Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution®

Chapter 4 – Spiritual Living

Chapter 5 – Diet

Chapter 6 – Dreams

Chapter 7 – Overcoming Negativity

Chapter 8 – Forgiveness

Chapter 9 – Losing a Loved One

Chapter 10 – Prayer

Chapter 11 – Finding and Working with a Spiritual Teacher

Chapter 12 – The Divine

 

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Links for the resources we talked about in this episode:

The first personal development course Maggie took – Path of Love 

 

Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

UK

US

The Modern Seer Trilogy by Cher Chevalier  (Book 3 is not out yet)

Book 1

UK

US

 

Book 2

UK

US

Corrections/clarifications from Maggie

– Osho was a 20th century mystic

– My mystical love lesson taught by a plant (a hedge, to be precise) is in Chapter 11 (Finding and Working with a Teacher) of my book – not the first, which is Meditation.

 

Where you can find Maggie and her work:

MaggieRichards.co.uk

@Maggie0Richards on twitter and on Instagram

ExpandedLiving.co.uk Personal development course with Ralf Marzen

Cher Chevalier’s website

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Robin Daly, Yes To Life, Integrative Care and The Cancer Revolution

The shiatsu guy podcast - robin daly - yes to lifeIn episode Ten of the podcast, Simon your host, interviews the founder of the cancer charity ‘Yes To Life’, Robin Daly

In this episode we explore how Robin found his way to being the director of a cancer charity that gives advice on Integrative health care. We look at some of the fundamental steps you can take to ensuring your own health should you be in the position of having cancer and facing chemo therapy. Along with other findings on improving your chances to survive cancer.

We discuss the state of the mainstream medical establishment, what is holding it back from being more effective and patient centred, as well as the developments in the field that are changing the way the industry operates.

And we also discuss a number of other brilliant resources that will get you on the right path should you be diagnosed with cancer (or to recommend to anyone in your life who receives the diagnosis)

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Links for the resources we talked about in this episode:

 

Hearts in Healthcare

Buurtzorg – Nursing Agency (site is in Dutch but Google will translate if for you)

Paul Davis – New Scientist lecture (paid site) – Free article in Nature

 

Paul Davis – Cancer from a physicist’s perspective: a new theory of cancer (1 hour 35 minutes)

The Cancer Revolution – Patricia Peat and Yes To Life

UK 

US

The Cancer Whisperer – Sophie Sabbage

UK

US

Radical Remission – Dr Kelly Turner

UK

US

 

Where you can find Robin, Yes To Life and The Cancer Revolution book:

Yes To Life on UK Health Radio

YesToLife.org.uk

Yes To Life on Facebook

@RMK_Daly (on twitter)

Patricia Peat on Cancer Options

TheCancerRevolution.co.uk

The Cancer Revolution on Facebook

@CancerRev (on twitter)

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Leisa Bellmore, self-care for musicians and Shiatsu research

the shiatsu guy podcast - leisa bellmoreIn episode nine of the podcast, Simon your host, interviews Canadian shiatsu therapist, speaker at conferences and Shiatsu researcher, Leisa Bellmore.

Beginning with similar topics to other episodes, we explore how Leisa discovered Shiatsu and what attracted her in the first place.

We talk about the amazing clinic Leisa works from, self-care for musicians, her teaching and presentation work, as well as the research project she has been involved with.

We also have the inevitable discussion about the similarities and differences between Masunaga and Namikoshi styles of Shiatsu…

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Links for the resources we talked about in this episode:

Gabriel García Márquez (UK) (US)

And my personal favourite book, One Hundred Years of Solitude

UK

 

US

Antoine De Saint-Exupery (UK) (US)

And some of his most famour works:

UK

 

 

US

 

 

Baraka film

 

Where you can find Leisa, her research and where she is presenting:

leisabellmore.com

Upcoming presentations

On Facebook

On Youtube

researchgate.net

Hand self-Shiatsu for sleep problems in persons with chronic pain

Shiatsu Society Journal – Shiatsu and Insomnia (collected articles including contributions from other Shiatsu therapists)

 

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Fernando Cabo – Namikoshi Shiatsu and Research Projects

the shiatsu guy podcast - fernando cabo In episode Seven of the Shiatsu Guy Presents… podcast I interview Shiatsu therapist and Teacher at the Professional Shiatsu School, Fernando Cabo.

This is the longest episode to date, and follows the increasingly familiar rambling style of the other episodes, meandering through a range of topics including the differences between Namikoshi Shiatsu and Zen or Masunaga Shiatsu, as well as the lack of research across the field of Shiatsu and what is starting to be done about it…

 

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Links for the book we discussed in this episode:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – by Robert Pirsig

(UK)

 

(US)

 

How to find or get in touch with Fernando

The Professional Shiatsu School

iamYiam video

Fernando Shiatsushi on Facebook

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Saul Levitt – Mickel Therapy, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and M.E.

Welcome to Episode Five of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Saul Levitt of IntuitiveHealth.co.uk

the shiatsu guy podcast - saul levitt

In this episode Simon interviews Saul Levitt, about his journey through Chronic Fatigue to being energised and healthy, and in the process discovering Mickel Therapy. We look at the emotional aspects of Chronic Fatigue and what is actually going on, as well as the development of the Mickel Therapy technique to help other conditions that are notoriously difficult to treat.

 

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Links for the things we discussed in this episode:

When the Body Say’s No – Dr Gabor Mate

(UK)

 

(US

 

The Secret – Rhonda Byrne

(UK)
(US
Stem Cell Enhancer

Mickel Therapy Training

How to find or get in touch with Saul

Intuitive Health

Twitter: @i_health

+44 (0)7789 383 197

saul@intuitivehealth.co.uk

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… iamYiam.com – Transforming online health care platforms

Welcome to Episode Four of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With the Founder and COO of iamYiam.com

In tThe Shiatsu Guy Presents podcast - episode 004 - iamyiam.comhis episode Simon interviews Lorena Puica (the Founder) and Cyrille Guillet (COO) of iamYiam.com, a new online wellbeing platform with a mission to transform our approach to wellbeing and self-care. We explore the background situation that was the catalyst for the company being born and their revolutionary vision for the future!

You an also learn Lorena’s 1 minute health boost!

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Links for the book we discussed in this episode:

The Hard Thing about Hard Things by Ben Horowitz 

(UK)
and

(US

How to find iamYiam

www.iamYiam.com

iamYiam seedrs campaign

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Aimee Hartley – Transformational Breathwork

the shiatsu guy podcast - aimee hartleyWelcome to Episode Three of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Aimee Hartley

 

In this episode Simon interviews Aimee Hartley, a transformational breathwork facilitator and yoga instructor, about her discovery of transformational breathwork and her journey with the breath. Including breathing as a practice, the forthcoming breathing revival and her personal mission to transform schools!

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Links for the book we discussed in this episode:

Perfect Breathing: Transform Your Life One Breath at a Time by Al Lee and Dan Campbell

(UK)

and

(US

How to find or get in touch with Aimee

The Breathing Room – www.TheBreathingRoom.co.uk

Inspiration Space – www.InspirationSpace.co.uk

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Emerson Bastos – Family Constellations and Five Elements

Welcome to Episode Two of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Emerson Bastos

the shiatsu guy podcast - emerson bastosIn this episode Simon interviews Emerson Bastos, a Shiatsu therapist and teacher, Family Constellations and Five Elements facilitator in a wide ranging exploration. Including Emerson’s path to finding Shiatsu, how he began teaching, his own journey with Personal Development and a look to the future with his current projects of working to free the Self…

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Links for the books we discussed in this episode:

The Nature of Personal Reality by Jane Roberts

(UK) 

(US) 

 

Loves own Truths by Bert Hellinger

(UK) 

(US) 

and Love’s Hidden Symmetry by Bert Hellinger

(UK) 
(US) 

 

Even if it costs me my life by Stephan Hausner

(UK) 

 

(US) 

 

How to find or get in touch with Emerson:

www.emersonbastos.shiatsusociety.org

5 Elements Constellation Workshops on Meetup.com

emersonshiatsu@hotmail.com

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Ralf Marzen – Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage and Somatic Experiencing

Welcome to the very first episode of The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast! With Ralf Marzen

the shiatsu guy - ralf marzenIn this episode Simon interviews his Thai Yoga Massage teacher Ralf Marzen in a wide ranging exploration. Including Ralf’s path to finding Thai Yoga Massage, how he began teaching, his own personal journey with Meditation and a look to the future with his current projects of Trauma work and mindfulness teaching…

Ralf talks about his experience and impression of the healing process, dedicating his life to being a healer, as well as what it means to be a therapist and the hidden benefits!

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Links for the books and videos we discussed in this episode:

Jack Kornfield – The Wise Heart on Amazon UK

and The Wise Heart on Amazon.com

 

I am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on Amazon UK and 

I am That: Talks with Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj on Amazon.com

Human Documentaries on Youtube – we created a little playlist for you 🙂

How to find or get in touch with Ralf

Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage – www.muditathaiyoga.com

Stillpoint Centre for Wellbeing – www.stillpointlondon.com

Expanded Living Course – www.expandedliving.co.uk

Thai Yoga Massage Retreat in Southern Thailand – annual retreat every year!

 

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The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Episode 000

What’s it all about??the shiatsu guy - health wellness podcast

So this is the very first episode of my new Interview based Health podcast ‘The Shiatsu Guy Presents…’

In this episode I wanted to explain what I’m hoping to achieve, why I want to do it and what I hope my listeners will get from the podcast…

But it’s not all about what I want… Have a listen to this short episode and let me know your thoughts on what you would like included in future episodes; any topics you would like covered, any specific people you would like me to interview (an intro is always welcomed if I don’t know them or have a personal connection already… But I’ve been surprised how open people have been to being interviewed) and anything else you can think of…

I’m really keen to produce a high quality podcast, so if the sound quality is dodgy, please let me know. If the format is lacking, please let me know! If they’re too long or too short, please let me know!

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Feel free to either leave a comment below or email podcast@TheShiatsuGuy.com with your thoughts and feedback…

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Get Shiatsu on your Health Insurance!!

More and more people are coming to realise that Shiatsu is more that just a way to de-stress the body. For people who are suffering from joint and muscle pain, anxiety or depression and other related illnesses, Shiatsu is recognised as a highly-effective treatment. And because for some, it is considered to be medically necessary, it is increasingly becoming part of health care. And by becoming a part, we mean being more and more accepted by Health Insurance companies. That means someone else will be shouldering its cost provided that the shiatsu therapist is correctly licensed as a health care provider. Good news, right!

Health Shield is one of the Health Insurance companies who have this kind of service. The rule is if your practitioner is a Registered Member of the Shiatsu Society or MRSS* (in which case, I am) and Shiatsu treatments are included in your current membership plan, then worry no more, because as their tagline says… “We’ve got you covered”.

If you’re not a member yet, you may want to check out their services and how to make the most of their benefits. Well, not to be biased, but they do really have a lot to offer.  Here’s their website… 

MRSS Shiatsu treatments covered by Health Insurance*what MRSS means is that a Shiatsu therapist has studied and achieved their Shiatsu qualifications to the standards as set out by the Shiatsu Society UK (the governing body of the field of Shiatsu in the UK) and has maintained continuous membership for a minimum of 3 years, fulfilled all Continued Professional Developement requirements and in some cases have undergone postgraduate studies or assessment. It’s the equivalent of becoming a Chartered Psychologist (except that it’s for Shiatsu…)

And here’s some inspiration on the benefits of Shiatsu and how it can do wonders for your health (from my Pain Management Clinic page)

 

Shiatsu releases muscle tension, tight joints and trapped nerves through applying direct pressure throughout the body, leaving you feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, relaxed and pain-free.

Shiatsu uses the same pressure points and meridians as acupuncture but without the needles, instead using a firm (but not painful) pressure to stimulate and balance the natural energies of the body.

Simon also practices a type of Shiatsu that uses the ‘Hirata Zones’ for releasing pain and inflammation, so you get even more benefit.

  • Shiatsu massage can help:
    Neck and back pain, lower back issues, scoliosis, lordosis, sciatica, slipped discs
  • Headaches, migraines, eye strain, facial neuralgia, Bell’s palsy, jaw issues, teeth clenching, bruxism and grinding
  • Shoulder pain, shoulder impingement, rotator cuff issues, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), shoulder dislocation
  • Leg pain, knee and hip issues, muscle pain, adhesions and scar tissue, old injuries, misalignment, plantar fasciitis, fallen arches, sprained ankles
  • Arm and hand pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, RSI, tendinitis, tennis and golfers elbow,
  • Premenstrual pain and cramps

This is not an exhaustive list, if you are experiencing pain other than the symptoms listed above, feel free to contact me to find out how Shiatsu can help you.

And if you know of any other Health Insurance providers who also have a facility to cover shiatsu under their plans, please let us know in the comments below. We’ve scoured the net but not been able to find any other UK company that also covers your Shiatsu sessions…

If you’d like to book a Shiatsu session or find out more you can email info@TheShiatsuGuy.com or contact Simon on 07951 621 308

Is the Yoga Studio App any good? Yoga Studio App review

It won Best Yoga App at the Best App ever awards in 2013… But does it stand the test of time?

I’ve been a fan of Yoga Studio app by Lotus Studios (recently acquired by Gaiam Inc) for some time now and have recommended it to anyone and everyone since discovering it!

So I decided it was about time to put a wee video together to explain why I find it to be so good!

Take a couple of minutes out of your day to watch the video and grab the app!

 

 

Hopefully you can see the value in a high quality and versatile app like this!

Please visit the App Store and get your own copy today!

 

If you’ve used the Yoga Studio app yourself please leave your impressions in the comments below. We’re also interested in hearing about other Yoga apps too 😎 Maybe I’ll even review it!

 

 

Can Meditation and Yoga Help Relieve Social Anxiety?

This is a guest post by Dan Fries:

Dan Fries is a science writer and published author in the field of translational oncology. Dan’s work has been featured in journals such as Cancer Discovery and Cancer Research. His contribution is exploring the natural health approach to social anxiety and panic attacks. Find out more about Dan’s mission at www.corpina.com 

 

Have you ever felt a cramping sensation in your gut or beads of sweat forming on your forehead when you enter a room full of people? Clearly, anxiety is killing your professional as well as social life. Fear, stress and anxiety are in the driver’s seat and you end up being a passenger who is traveling into the depths of the unknown.

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” – H.P. Lovecraft.

Yoga and Meditation to beat social anxietyThis quote tells us that it is normal to have slight fear, as it is in human nature to be afraid of unforeseen circumstances. But you need to be focused, disciplined and dynamic to overcome and fight this fear. The problem begins when this fear becomes intimidating and persistent, and starts to take control of your everyday life.

Slowly this leads to anxiety disorder, worry, a state of overly-uneasiness, etc. which if left unchecked can require medical treatment. That is where yoga and meditation can help. Of course, yoga and meditation alone are unlikely to be your only treatment options. Both of them should sync with each other and than only after consulting a specialist or a doctor. The medical practitioner can guide and help you to know what kind of anxiety disorder you are having – OCD, Panic Attacks, Social Anxiety Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to name a few.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety

  • Having obsessive and uncontrolled thoughts related to past traumatic experiences
  • Feeling uneasy, scared and panicky
  • Tendency to repeatedly wash hands
  • Waking up from frequent nightmares
  • Having problems getting sound sleep
  • Sweating hands and feet
  • Frequent heart palpitations

Kicking Anxiety Through Yoga

The regular practice of yoga can assist you in staying relaxed and calm in your day-to-day life. It can give you the energy for facing events as and when they occur without being restless. The practice of yoga consists of a complete package of body postures (asanas) and breathing techniques (pranayamas).

Yoga Postures

Yoga postures or asanas can help in getting a healthy body and mind. Stress and negativity are released from the system through the following postures –

  • Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
  • Shirshasana (Headstand)
  • Janu Shirsasana (One-Legged Forward Bend)
  • Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
  • Shavasana (Corpse Pose)
  • Marjariasana (Cat Stretch)
  • Setubandhasana (Bridge Pose)
  • Hastapadasana (Standing Forward Bend)
  • Paschimottanasana (Two-Legged Forward Bend)
  • Adhomukha Shwanasana (Downward Facing Dog)

Once you’ve finished the yoga postures, you need to lie down so that your body and mind can get a few minutes of relaxation. This flushes out the toxins in the body which are the major cause of stress for your biological system.

Breathing Exercises

Proper breathing techniques can help free your mind from unwanted clutter and thoughts. This avoids the breeding of anxiety and keeps the mind fresh. You can try the following breathing methods –

  • Bhastrika Pranayama (Bellows Breathing Technique)
  • Kapalbhati Pranayama ( Skull-Shining Breathing Technique)
  • Bhramari Pranayama (Bee Breathing Technique)
  • Nadi Shodhan Pranayama (Alternate Nostril Breathing)

Meditating Your Way To A Relaxed Mind

meditation for anxiety and stressMeditation is a great technique for relaxing a mind which is distracted. It provides a sense of peace and calm. You can observe that with daily practice your mind gets involved with petty and insignificant things. Plus, meditation can help you to avoid worrying or getting anxious about the unforeseen future.

You will most likely be familiar with the term ‘adrenalin rush’. This occurs when you are too anxious or scared about a potential threat. For example, at the time of an adventure ride, your adrenalin levels would be higher than usual, leading to a faster heart beat. It could also make your muscles tense and your body sweat profusely.

Various scientific researches have shown that regular practice of meditation can lower the stress hormones. A study was conducted by the Department of Psychology of the Standard University for the participants of social anxiety disorder. They underwent a two-month meditation training which resulted in reducing their anxiety and transforming their thoughts to a more positive outlook.

Supplements For Controlling Stress And Anxiety

Did you know supplements are one of the best options for taking control of your anxiety and stress? You could for instance try the nootropic supplement of Phenibut, which is available in tablet as well as powder form. This supplement is not only safe; it has already been used by people for several decades. Phenibut is a derivative of the brain chemical GABA, but is able to pass the blood-brain barrier more effectively, it is one of the most significant neurotransmitter of the human body. It effectively calms the hormones related to anxiety and stress and brings a positive change to the mood and confidence of the user.

Summing It Up

Social anxieties and stress can be traumatic and create majorly off-putting experiences in your life. With the regular practice of yoga and meditation you can minimise the negatives and hopefully kick them out of your life. However, if they are still persistent in your life, you can take mood and memory enhancing supplements to counter their ill-effects and reduce it safely and gradually. So go ahead and enjoy a stress-free life!

 

Thank you to Dan Fries for this guest blog post!

 

If you have suffered in the past or currently suffer from stress and social anxiety we would love to hear about how you’ve managed. Have you been successful using meditation and yoga or other types of natural therapies, or have you been successful in taking supplements to cope?

Please leave a comment below, we love to hear from our readers!

 

Get Your Free Shiatsu Guide

The Free Shiatsu Guide by Simon Henderson - The Shiatsu GuyThis is a project I started a long time ago and never quite finished! Now as part of my new path, I am working on completing past projects before starting the next one…

So if you’d like to grab my wee Shiatsu Report for free then please do.

In the Free Shiatsu Guide you can learn about:

  • The Origins and History of Shiatsu
  • What to expect from your first Shiatsu session
  • How to prepare for your first Shiatsu session
  • The benefits of Shiatsu
  • When NOT to use Shiatsu
  • The different types of Shiatsu…
  • Research into the effectiveness of Shiatsu
  • And more!

 

5 Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage for Sports People

Thai Yoga Massage has been proven very beneficial for athletes and sports people because of its unique combination of deep stretching and yoga moves.

If you feel maxed out and that your muscles need to rest and recover from very tiring sports activity and training, then Thai Yoga Massage is perfect to refresh and return your energy so you can reach new athletic levels.

ThaThai Yoga Massage stretchi Yoga bodywork can play a vital role for every sports person or serious athlete in addition to your regular workouts, exercise and sports practice. Actually regular Thai Yoga therapy may help you gain the athletic advantage over your competition and lengthen the overall life of your sporting career if added to your existing conditioning program.

So below are the benefits of Thai Massage and how it could help athletes, martial artists, dancers, runners, Cross-fitters and other sports people in a way that is perfect for those who are highly active and whose bodies are put under constant pressure from aggressive, explosive and repetitive movements.

5 Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage and Bodywork

  • First, Thai Yoga massage enhances and boosts performance by increasing energy and flexibility as well as decreasing muscle tension. This may lead to an increase in performance ability and decrease the chance of injury. And also, because Thai Yoga bodywork improves blood circulation, it helps the body to more efficiently receive and process nutrients that are essential for optimal body functions.
  • Regular Thai Yoga bodywork helps maintain better condition of the body by keeping your muscles healthy and flexible, which prevents them from developing injuries or losing mobility. 
  • It also helps heal sports injuries (which as you know is all too common) more quickly by reducing pain, swelling, bruising and muscle adhesions, as well as relaxing and stretching sore muscles. And while recovering from injury, Thai Yoga Massage partially compensates for the lack of exercise during inactivity.
  • And of course, let us not forget the meditative qualities of Thai Yoga therapy. It is a known fact that Thai Yoga massage relaxes the mind and body and improves emotional balance, making it the top choice for athletes when it comes to game-winning relaxation and mindset-mastery.
  • Thai Yoga Massage hip stretchFurthermore, athletes and sports people may maximise the benefits of Thai Yoga massage through having it before an event or competition as a preparation therapy and after the event as a recovery therapy. The pre-event massage will aid in increasing flexibility, mobility, preventing injuries as well as improving concentration and focus plus it calms down nervous athletes prior to the competition. The post massage will then promote faster recovery through pain relief from muscular fatigue, soreness, stiffness and especially sports injuries. 

So whether you are into sports activity professionally or simply as a hobby, Thai Yoga massage is a great way to condition your body and keeping it in peak performance as well as helping in recovery after tiring and extreme activity.

Please leave comments below about your own health issues or concerns, or tell other readers about your experiences of having received Thai Yoga Massage

We’ve also explored the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage for Office Workers as well as the differences between Norther and Southern style Thai Yoga Massage in other blog posts… Subscribe to receive updates on new posts!

Thai Yoga Massage TestimonialI felt refreshed and relaxed for days after the massage

I had a 90 minute full body Thai Yoga Massage from Simon and I felt very relaxed all the way through the session. First of all the room was set up well, it was warm and relaxing music was playing. He made sure I was comfortable and relaxed.  I really enjoyed the experience and made my painful knee much better by applying careful massage around the area. My neck and shoulders felt much better the next day, and overall I felt refreshed and relaxed for days after the massage. I can highly recommend Simon, he knows what he is doing!!

Andrea T London. UK

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria – Part 3

This is the third and final part of the distilled wisdom of 105 year old Blue Zone lady of  Ikaria; longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone on diet, lifestyle and happiness. 

So part 3 of the series is on health and longevity according to the 105 year old Ikarian lady called Ioanna who we met on our recent summer holiday to the Greek island of Ikaria.

Ioanna only speaks Greek, so I had my wife (who speaks Greek) ask her some questions for me and translate the answers. 

The main think I wanted to know was what Ioanna’s view was on the chance of the young people of today living as long as her.Ikaria - Blue Zones - Diet advice 

I wanted to know if she though we young folk (anyone under sixty?) were making any mistakes that might jeopardise our chances of a ripe old age

I wanted to know what advice she would give us youngsters to reach the same age as her

She said that people born today had every chance of every living as long as her, 

she says “why not?!” 

The interesting thing was that to her it wasn’t particularly amazing thing that she’d lived as long as she had, that is was just her normal life. But from my experience of spending time with her, I felt that the most important thing was her attitude; that she still enjoyed life, wanted to be here and that she’d never given up on life. 

She’s still appreciating and enjoying every minute of life in quite an amazing way. She enjoyed interactions with people in a very open and genuine way, even random house-callers like us and another lady who rocked up while we were there 

Ioanna said “It’s about living your own life.

“Don’t expect anything from the world, don’t expect anything from your parents”

and that “nobody owes you anything”, that essentially life is what you make of it. 

Ioanna was big on taking responsibility for yourself, she said 

“you have to make your own destiny, it’s your own life and you have all the possibilities in your hand, it’s up to you to deal with it!”

This seems to be a fundamental thing for Joanna, that its a kind of ‘Will to Live’ that is important, that if you want to live then you will. It’s more about your desire to live than anything you’re specifically doing. 

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria 1That seems to be her way or philosophy of life, although she doesn’t seem to be self destructive. She’s not actively doing things that are bad for her. Ioanna seems to have limited or eliminated any overtly harmful habits or practices. I didn’t ask but she didn’t seem to be a smoker so we can assume she was a non-smoker, which is relatively rare is Greece, so that will certainly have helped her.

Along with not smoking, she was also not much of a drinker, she doesn’t eat a lot of meat or any fried food, so that is all a part of it. 

Anyway, back to Ioanna’s advice. She said that you should have a good relationship. She was big on quality relationships! 

she said “don’t be distracted by others”

So this can be maybe taken as the post-modern obsession where the grass is always greener and always looking around for the better relationship rather than working in what you have, and it seems to Ioanna that this has been very important in her life. 

Love!


Love is a big thing for Ioanna. She said love for others, other people, but also love for the universe, the cosmos!

With the great energy that she had spent a lot of time thinking about the wonders of the universe.
She said she’d lay awake at night thinking about the world, the universe and just the wonders of it all (what exactly was a little lost in translation I think). Ioanna also thought it wasn’t good to spend too much time thinking about yourself, being selfish and self-centred.
Instead she said think about the universe, there is this amazing, wonderful thing out there thats for her a miraculous phenomenon that was amazing and glorious. 

So Ioanna is all about the bigger perspective, getting over the ‘me, me, me’ culture that we live in now…

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of IkariaIoanna said she listens to the inner music that’s playing. She said she hears melodies and symphonies in her head, choirs and orchestras. She sang a little of the music in her head and made her care-worker laugh because Ioanna doesn’t have the most amazing voice, but she’s got the most amazing spirit!

Ioanna regularly lays awake at night thinking just about life, the universe and everything, And I think for her that it’s really important just to have this fascination with the universe and know there’s plenty of reasons to keep going with life.

So she gave her own answers, her own take on things, not actually what I thought she would say at all, but she has definitely got a passion for life and I hope you feel that too.

If you’d like to catch up on the rest of this series, go here for Blog post 1 and here for Blog post 2

My Life Extension Project blog is here and you can get the Blue zones book on Amazon too

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria – Part 2

Blue Zones: Diet advice from a 105 year old

Recently my wife and I went on holiday to the Greek island of Ikaria, where there are people who famously live well into their 90s and 100’s in good health. We met the lovely 105 year old Ioanna, and even heard a report of someone who is 115 and still going strong! Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria 2

There are number of factors contributing to this amazing longevity and we have been exploring them in this series of three blog posts on the Blue Zones. This is the second blog post where Ioanna gives us her advice on diet. 

Ioanna told us that although she was a very young child, that she had lived through World War 1 and into World War 2. She said she got married in the second World War in order to have companionship and not feel alone. She didn’t talk about her husband any more than this so who knows what happened there, but she did tell us a lot about her diet! 

I’ll just summarise now that her advice is very much in keeping with the advice in the Blue Zones book by Dan Buettner. I highly recommend the book but if you don’t have time then you’ll get a fair idea about the recommendations for diet from the following post.

Ioanna lives by a rather simple diet that is probably much older than she is. Though with that said I don’t feel she was trying to live to 105, she seems as surprised by it as anyone… But she also doesn’t look to be giving up any time soon! 


Now for her advice:

Ioanna said she doesnt eat very much meat and she has a lot of vegetables and fruits.

She said that fish was okay and I think she maybe ate a little bit of chicken now and then, but she didn’t have any red meats. 

In terms of oil she said she really liked olive oil on her salads and that she used a little corn oil in cooking, but she said she didnt eat any butter. 

Ioanna did also say don’t fry things, that its bad to fry food and you should bake or boil them instead. 

And in terms of fruit and vegetables, she said that she eats everthings like potatoes, courgettes, tomatoes, things like that. There are figs and grapes growing outside her front door, so she certainly eats fresh fruit on a daily basis!

She doesn’t have a big or heavy meal in the evening. She just has a snack and very weak milky coffee.

Ioanna said she quite enjoyed a coffee and a few figs and also maybe a few biscuits in the evening.  And she seems to be okay with eating a little bit of sugar now and then.

She also said that every morning she’d have a teaspoon of Ikarian honey and it was quite nice. 

Ioanna says she enjoys a little bit of wine with water now and then. Ikaria - Blue Zones - Diet advice

She said she doesn’t drink beer or the famous Greek drink of Ouzo or Tsipouro or the stronger spirits, just a little bit of wine and water. (She has a habit of repeating herself but that can be helpful for us young folk with our short attention spans)

One of her gems about drinking alcohol “Drink wine if you can drink it, but not if it drinks you!”

So as you can see Ioanna has quite a simple diet. and I would say probably everything in Ikaria that she eats is essentially organic, because everything is grown naturally from the land. I think it’s quite good volcanic soil, high in nutrients and they are still farming and growing in the traditional Greek style.

It’s a very fertile land, there’s fruit growing everywhere, right outside her front door there are grape vines and fruit trees.
The island also has its own underground water source and receives more rain than the average Greek islands in the autumn, winter and spring so I think that helps a lot.
It’s more difficult for those of us who live in the colder countries and more temperate climates as things don’t grow quite as easily or reliably… and there’s not much food just growing on the trees where I live!

If you’d like to read more then there’s more information on diet in the Blue Zones book, and they generally agree with Ioanna (in fact I’m quite sure she contributed to the book) 

To summarise Ioanna eats a little bit of meat, mostly fruits and vegetables and also nuts, she drinks a little bit of red wine, 

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria 1And one of the main things she said is that she doesn’t eat in the evening. 

So she’s right on track with the diet recommendations in the Blue Zone book. 

There’s also a growing belief that Greek coffee has anti ageing benefits, which is good for coffee drinkers to know 🙂
I hope you’ve enjoyed Blue Zones blog post no. 2, the next and final part will be blog post no. 3 where I ask Ioanna about her opinion on whether the young people of today have as good a chance to live to 105 as she did!
Please post any questions below or any advice that you’d like to share on longevity and healthy ageing

Part 1 is here

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria – Part 1

My wife and I were recently on holiday in the Greek Island of Ikaria, which in recent years has become famous as one of the world’s ‘Blue Zones’ where people regularly live into their 90’s and 100’s in good health and are leaving a lot of the rest of the world behind in terms of health and longevity. 

Long term human health is an interest of mine and I’ve written about it here at this site: thelifeextensionproject.com and below is a series of blog post exploring some advice I received from a 105 year old Ikarian lady called Ioanna.

Ioanna was born in 1911 and is still very sharp of mind at a huIkaria - Blue Zones - Diet advicendred and five years old, although her body is starting to go on her now and she walks with a zimmerframe, also she had an accident two years ago at 103 and her right shoulder has ceased up. Luckily I was able to give her a short Shiatsu treatment to help the pain in her shoulder and neck, which she hugely appreciated. She even started to call me Dr. Simon. 

Her advice on living a long and healthy life came in 3 parts. Primarily blog post 1 is about happiness and outlook on life, blog post 2 will be about diet and blog post 3 will be about the future of health for the young people of today

Oh well let’s call young people those under 70 or 80 for her. 

Happiness and outlook on life. 

This seems to be just as important to Joanna as her work and her diet. She had a very passionate view of the world and even at her rather advance age was sharp, witty, funny and very quick! She was happy to impoart her view of the world and give advice to the young (although she didn’t speak english so I had everything translated) 

Her advice was as follows. 

“It’s important to love the Universe, the Universe is life”

She said she stays awake at night thinking about the Universe and the wonders of the Cosmos. Joanna thinks this is an important part of her long term health and her ability to persevere through difficulties and to still be here a long time after many of her friends and family passed on. Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of Ikaria 1

Other nuggets of her wisdom and advice:

She said “Don’t be jealous. Jealousy is what makes you ill” 

“If you’re not happy about other people then it’s your own unhappiness and so its jealousy, which is not good”

“Be happy for other people’s success. If other people are successful you should be happy for them” 

and 

“You shouldn’t resent their success because what does that get you? It just makes yourself unhappy! So just feel happy for them” 

and 

“When other people feel sad then feel sad too.” 

My understand of this is that it’s more about having appropriate feelings for other people around you, to say connected and not be separate from each other. It stands to reason that you shouldn’t feel happy about other people’s misfortune, or to see somebody whose life was better than yours and then gets worse and that makes you happy… It’s just the wrong way!

More of Ioanna’s advice was around money and posessions

she said “don’t accumulate money. Life here (ed: on Ikaria?) is not about making more money than you need. You can’t take it with you. Just have enough and to be able to live a happy, comfortable life. Having more than you need isn’t going to bring you any happiness.”

Longevity advice from the Greek Blue Zone of IkariaThis stands to reason. There is no point in spending your life acumulating weath and posessions without enjoying life itself. But I’m going to try to do both and enjoy the whole journey as much as possible!

Ioanna also said to make your own life. She was rather concern about a lot of young Greeks (in particular, as that’s where she lives and her frame of reference) who were living off their parents and being rather demanding and asking for money from them, expecting a lot from their families. She believes that “nobody owes you anything, so don’t expect others to look after you.” 

“You have to make your own life” and that “it’s important for you to be independent and stand on your own two feet”  

“Just have enough for a good life. You dont need to be spending your time accumulating and wanting more and more because also that is whats making you unhappy”

Seems to me an almost Buddhist philisophy for life, but it’s solid and makes good sense to me 🙂

Ioanna has a rather simple approach to life, she is a very straight forward woman who lives in quite a basic house, but she was still working at her trade as a weaver right up until the age of 105. She is an inspirational and quite a remarkable lady who has quite a passion for life even now!


Further blog posts are below, and please subscribe for updates or check back soon!

Blog post 2 is about Ioanna’s approach to diet

and blog post 3 is about her view on the young people of today!

Multiple Sclerosis – Natural Treatment

Multiple Sclerosis or MS is a degenerative nerve disease that has a number of increasingly debilitating symptoms.

Shiatsu is a Japanese acupressure massage working on the meridians and pressure points (the same ones used in acupuncture)

So how do they work together?

Natural Remedies for Multiple SclerosisMultiple Sclerosis Natural Treatment

I had an enquiry recently from a lady seeking natural relief from her MS symptoms, she reported feeling ‘locked in’ and was looking to feel looser and more relaxed

Client overview:

Let’s call her M

M has just turned 60, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 5 years ago, her symptoms have been getting progressively worse, particularly with stress and poor eating habits when stressed.

Lately she had been suffering with pain and rigidity in her right shoulder and arm, with shooting ‘pins and needle like pains’ through her stomach and down her legs, again mostly on the right hand side. This was also coupled with lower back pain and digestive issues (constipation and flatulence).

She reported a life of looking after people, pushing herself and not looking after her own needs.

She felt her body was letting her know that it was time to change this.

During the treatment she experienced her usual symptoms of the shooting pains through her stomach down her legs, bringing tears to her eyes, possibly from frustration.

When I enquired she told me that this was more or less normal.Natural Remedies Multiple Sclerosis

I started to work gently, taking a meridian diagnosis on her abdomen (getting a feel for the energetic quality of the meridians that pool there)

Then I moved onto working on her right arm and shoulder to release the tension, shaking out the shoulder joint and straightening the elbow which had become quite tight in a bent position. Followed by her neck, upper back and legs.

I completed the treatment by returning to her right arm and releasing more of the tension there, getting the hand to open up and the elbow to straighten out.

Throughout the first half of the session M had shooting pins and needles down her legs, but by the end of the session the pains had subsided and she was very relaxed.

She still had issues with the mobility in her right leg, but for a first session we were both very happy with the results and booked again for the following week.

During the session we talked about being open to finding a kind of harmony in the body with what was, with where she was at… A sense of nurturing and acceptance of the body felt appropriate.

Physical Therapy for Multiple SclerosisPhysical Therapies for Multiple Sclerosis

While shiatsu is not going to ‘cure’ MS it certainly appears to be extremely beneficial (almost immediately) in calming some of the more distressing and painful symptoms of MS. It will be interesting to observe how long the results last for and whether progress is made in long term pain relief and improving mobility over all.

I wanted to share the following resources with anyone suffering from MS or who knows someone who is…

First for some inspiration from the amazing TED Talks –

Diet and Supplements for Multiple Sclerosis:

Dr Mercola – diet & supplements

MS Society recommended CAM therapies:

MSsociety.com – link to suggested CAM treatments

Shiatsu Therapists in your area:

Shiatsu Society Practitioners List

Email from M that I’d like to share with you

Hi Simon

That was lovely again today.

I feel as if I am turning a corner right now in terms of what I’m creating for myself, and my decision to treat myself (in both senses of the word!) to body therapy feels very healthy all round.

I’ve had a very good day since and have been looking at the Gokhale method in order to get some good tips re addressing my age old postural habits….I was very aware that my tense shoulders were kind of undoing the relaxing effects of the shiatsu!

Also became very aware this afternoon that historically my response to stress has been flight mode…a continual need to ‘hurry forward’, which I identified very clearly in my body as a chronic stress.

The only ‘cure’ for that can be to slow down and take as much time as I need, all the time! Of course this is what the (so called) MS has been insisting I do anyway, although I can see that I have been resisting it – not quite getting the message so to speak!

I’ve still been in ‘flight mode’, despite no longer being physically capable of rushing around busy all the time.

Anyway, so I got dressed deliberately slowly, walked downstairs, walked to the shops and back ‘in my own sweet time’, and it felt very good. I wasn’t entertaining my usual thoughts about “how difficult and stressful this is for me these days- because it’s so slow and painful ( painfully slow?!) and I even found myself walking upstairs properly, (albeit slowly) i.e without holding onto the rail or leaning on wall, despite carrying a bag of shopping in each hand.

(There’s a subtle but profound difference between being slowed down ‘against my will’- and taking my time, even if the actual resulting pace is the same.)

These are all very good signs…

Your blog post is cool too btw! 😉

Many thanks…

‘M’

Yoga in South East London – Sydenham and Forest Hill

Vinyasa Flow Yoga in Honor Oak Park
New Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class in Honor Oak Park with Francesca

Yoga in South East London – Sydenham and Forest Hill

If you’re interested in looking after your physical and mental wellbeing, there isn’t much that comes close to a good Yoga session! (other than a Shiatsu of course)

There are a growing number of excellent yoga teachers holding a variety of yoga classes in South East London.  Below is a list of local yoga classes in SE23 and SE26

New Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class in Honor Oak Park

Possibly the first Vinyasa Flow class in the SE London area is with Francesca at the Honor Oak Pub on Monday evenings from 6.45 until 8pm.

The first class is free and you can get a discount for block booking your classes.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga seems to have come from nowhere to be an increasingly popular style, known for it’s flowing form (as the name implies). So if you haven’t tried it out yet then now is your chance, before the classes get too full!

email: frankie.yogaflow@gmail.com to ask any questions or to book in your first yoga class.

Four Highly Recommended Teachers:

Kate McKenzie – Yoga

www.omyogapages.com/directory/teacher_listing.php?teacher=1819

kate mckenzie yoga teacher,singer & performer. healing,creativity and discovering true potential through sound and yoga classes are informed by an eclectic 

YOGA – ADAM MURBY

www.adammurby.com/site/yoga/

Group yoga classes in Sydenham, London SE26. … “I think you’re one of the best yoga teachers I’ve come across and your precision and attention to detail is …

 

Yoga SE23 SE26
Yoga Classes in Forest Hill and Sydenham, South East London

Bright Yoga – Home

www.brightyoga.co.uk
A relatively new yoga teacher to the area, offering a range of classes and styles in convenient locations. Styles include: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Dynamic power yoga, all with a focus on technique, moving from one pose to the other… generally keeping things dynamic and flowing

Yoga in South East London – SE23 Forest Hill, Honor Oak, Sydenham.  YogaClasses in Forest Hill, Honor Oak & East Dulwich 

Kim

kim@brightyoga.co.uk

07868 740 419

 

ANNA KUNDALINI YOGA | KUNDALINI YOGA IN LONDON WITH ANNA RANPREM

annakundaliniyoga.co.uk/

Anna Ranprem, Anna Browne, Kundalini Yoga, South East London My name is Anna Ranprem and I teach Kundalini Yoga in Forest Hill, London. Kundalini …

Other Yoga teachers and classes in South East London

IYENGAR YOGA – BARBARA NORVELL » YOGA IN FOREST HILL

www.yogabarbara.co.uk/?page_id=139

Yoga in Forest Hill. THURSDAYS. 7.00 – 8.30 pm – Mixed Ability. Friends Meeting House. 34 Sunderland Road Forest Hill London SE23 2QA see a map of the …

YOGA IN FOREST HILL | IYENGAR YOGA CLASSES IN SOUTH LONDON

yogafh.wordpress.com/

Iyengar yoga classes in South London, improve flexibility, stamina and sense of well being.

St Georges church, Vancouver Road, forest hill, London SE23 2AP

07809 758244

OAKTREE YOGA

www.oaktree-yoga.com/

Oaktree Yoga is based in Honor Oak Park and Forest Hill (close to Catford and Sydenham), South London SE23 (close to SE6 and SE26) offering ashtanga …

ASTANGA, VINYASA FLOW AND HATHA YOGA CLASSES IN FOREST HILL

www.befreeyoga.co.uk/

Rachel is an Astanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha yoga teacher and Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist, based in South-East London with classes in …

Forest Hill Methodist Church

Normanton Street, London SE23 2DS

07887 601111

GABRIELLE MCNAUGHTON: CRANIOSACRAL THERAPY & YOGA IN LONDON

www.gabriellemcnaughton.co.uk/

Private practise (One to One Yoga) at home: Border Road, Sydenham SE26 Do call or email to book or for more information.

IYENGAR YOGA AT FOREST HILL POOLS | THE SYDENHAM SOCIETY

www.sydenhamsociety.com/2013/02/iyengar-yoga-at-forest-hill-pools/

Feb 22, 2013 – The Sydenham & Forest Hill Community Yoga Association are now …Cathy Tincknell also has classes in Penge on a Saturday morning.

YOGA CLASSES IN SYDENHAM | LA FITNESS

www.lafitness.co.uk

Yoga classes are available at LA fitness Sydenham. Discover the updated studio timetable here and try us today!

PURNA YOGA LONDON – TEACHING THE HEART OF YOGA

purnayogalondon.com/

Purna Yoga London offers asana classes, workshops, retreats teacher trainings, privates, nutrition guidance, meditation, philosophy and a whole lot of joy!

YOGA GESTALTEN (YOGA-GESTALTEN.CO.UK) / YOGA IN FOREST HILL

www.yoga-gestalten.co.uk/yoga-in-forest-hill.html

Weekly Hatha Yoga class in Forest Hill, every Monday 19:30-20:45, at f h space. …Junction, as well as the new East London Overground line go to Forest Hill.

9 Havelock Walk

London SE23 3HG

07977 968887

Yoga is great for helping manage a range of physical conditions, improving strength and flexibility, releasing tight muscles, calming the mind, improving sleep and generally boosting your health and energy levels.

If you’re new to yoga it’s a good idea to try out a few classes or different styles of yoga to find out which suits you best and to find a teacher whose teaching style fits with your preferred learning style.  Hopefully the list above will give you a bit of a start in finding a great yoga class in South East London.

Yoga Sydenham and Forest Hill
It’s a great idea to support your Yoga Practice with Shiatsu treatments

Shiatsu for Yogis and Yoginis

If you’d like to support your yoga practice then Shiatsu can be a great way to do that. Shiatsu massage can help your body adapt to the new exercises, increase flexibility, deal with past injuries more quickly (sometimes our bodies need to manifest old injuries before we can move through and resolve them) calm your mind and get rid of stress.

You might like to try a Shiatsu massage when you first start yoga or when you come back to yoga after a break, to help your body adapt to the new movements.  Shiatsu is great for helping with musculo-skeletal issues, such as fallen arches, misalignment, scoliosis, twists in the spine, muscle imbalances and referred pain due to injuries or weaknesses.

Or if you’re pushing your yoga to the next level Shiatsu can help to improve your flexibility by safely stretching beyond where you can take yourself (we all have different kinds of resistance even if we should be physically able to get there) by releasing tension in the muscles as well as adhesions in the connective tissue.

Yoga is like a physical ‘Psycho-Analysis’ and Shiatsu can help with the reflection and resolution.

You might just want a one-off Shiatsu, occasional maintenance treatments or regular sessions depending on your budget, time constraints and what you’re facing in your work, life-style and physical/emotional/energetic health.

Whatever your needs Shiatsu can provide the support and nurturing you require!

If you’d like to have a shiatsu with me (Simon, The Shiatsu Guy) you can contact me on 07951 621 308 or info@theshiatsuguy.com

I have clinics in 4 London locations and I can do home visits in Forest Hill and Sydenham (Crystal Palace and Honor Oak too… and South East London in general usually works. but I might have to charge a wee bit for travel)

So give me a call today for a free consultation!