London Shiatsu Practitioners

London Shiatsu Practitioners

Muhammad Ali loved his shiatsu massage sessions, with no less than one of the healing therapy’s global luminaries, Tokujiro Namikoshi, performing it on him. But you don’t have to be a famous celebrity to get the benefits of this well-known Japanese healing art. These days, you can get the services of the best London shiatsu practitioners without breaking the bank.

London Shiatsu Practitioners

London Shiatsu Practitioners
London Shiatsu Practitioners

Although modern shiatsu as we know it started its development beginning only in the 20th Century, this Japanese healing art is based on traditional wellness principles dating back thousands of years and originating in China. Anyone—and indeed, everyone—should get regular shiatsu sessions not only to find relief from various ailments, but also to prevent stress from building up and manifesting into an actual illness. And besides, it’s always a pleasant, deeply relaxing experience.

Underlying philosophy 

Shiatsu’s healing philosophy is simple and actually familiar: there is a vital universal energy force that runs through every creature, including humans, and when this energy (called “Ki” or “Chi”) is blocked or prevented from its supposed flow, illness or ill health occurs. Shiatsu, therefore, works by ensuring that this energy flows through well-defined channels (called “meridians”) throughout the body by the use of the application of the right pressure and touch.

How to find good shiatsu practitioners

Finding good London shiatsu practitioners is not difficult. Ask your friends or officemates for any referral, as anyone referred by a person you trust is more likely to be good. Otherwise, you can search for them online. Many shiatsu clinics operate in the London area, servicing not only individual patients but also corporate clients. Such clinics maintain highly informative websites that not only aim to get more clients, but also to provide the right information that any potential client might find useful. There are also organizations that provide certifications to individual practitioners.

What to expect from a good shiatsu massage

Basically, a shiatsu session lasts an hour. If you’re visiting a shiatsu therapist or clinic for the first time, expect it to include filling out forms (concerning your health status, underlying medical conditions, lifestyle, history, and for general record-keeping of the clinic) and some sort of interview where the therapist may take down some notes, so the first session may take longer than usual.

Unlike other forms of therapeutic massages, shiatsu does not require you to take off your clothes. However, if you can, wear something that you feel comfortable to wear—avoid tight-fitting clothes that tend to restrict blood flow at certain parts of your body. You should not also wear any jewelry or anything that might get in the way of the therapist’s hands.

No fancy equipment is required in a shiatsu session—only the therapist and a padded mat or futon on the floor. The treatment covers your whole body, with the therapist applies the right pressure using their fingers, palms, knees, elbows and feet.

What to do after a session

Immediately after a shiatsu session, you may feel extraordinarily invigorated, even pleasantly euphoric. However, you must not immediately engage in strenuous activities no matter how energised you may feel. This is because after a session, the body’s natural healing processes kick in, and you have to give your body time to adjust and do its own healing. For this reason, resting or lying on the bed for a couple of hours after the session is most recommended. You should not also take a heavy meal or drink alcohol in the first few hours after the session.

How to know if shiatsu is for you

If you suffer from chronic pain, fatigue or stress, getting regular shiatsu treatments can slowly but surely bring you back to your optimal health. The best London shiatsu practitioners can competently relieve you of neck, back and shoulder stiffness or pain. This healing therapy is also great for various other ailments, from digestive problems, constipation, arthritis and rheumatism, scoliosis, and even insomnia.

However, as shiatsu is essentially a “touch-oriented” therapy, it is not advisable for those with skin disorders that are potentially contagious or that might worsen with tactile stimulation. Moreover, while shiatsu and other forms of gentle massage can be performed even on pregnant women, there are specific body parts that must not be touched to avoid posing any danger to the child. In this case, get only the services of shiatsu practitioners with a specific specialisation or who has experience with pregnant women.

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