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… The Untethered Soul, Forgiveness and Heartmath

the shiatsu guy podcastThis is the first Mini-Episode or as Mr Tim Ferriss (my podcasting hero!) calls them, Inbetweenisode!

The intention was to produce a short (20-30 minute) bite-sized episode featuring me presenting some of my thoughts and ideas that I felt would be helpful or useful for my listeners…

In this case we’ve got around 50 minutes of me rambling… But I hope you find it interesting and/or useful… I tried to keep to a set of notes, so imagine how it could have gone without!

This is based around my experience of being involved with a spiritual community, the disillusionment that occurred when the teacher was de-throned (I must watch too much Game of Thrones!), and my journey out the other side…

In this, at times ranty, episode I share my experience of three ‘heart-centred’ techniques that have helped me on my journey and I believe would help any human-being on this earth!

I’ll put links to resources below so you can find them yourselves…

And I wanted to share a quote that made me laugh when I listened back to the recording

There were a lot of broken eggs in the omelette that Andrew made

Now you’ll have to listen to work out what the heck I’m on about! 😉

 

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Links for the books I talked about in this episode:

The Untethered Soul by Michael A Singer

(UK)
(US)

and The Surrender Experiment also by Michael A Singer

(UK)

 

(US)  

 

The Law of Forgiveness by Connie Domino

(UK)
(US)
and The Law of Attraction (possibly no longer in print) by Connie Domino

 

Heartmath Institute – www.heartmath.org and www.heartmath.com

 

 

 

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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… 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…

You can download the podcast episode fromiTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

 

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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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Get Shiatsu on your Health Insurance!!

Mhealthshieldore 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

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!

 

Natural Treatment for Anxiety

Looking for a natural treatment for anxiety and panic attacks, with no side effects? You can start to feel the benefits in as little as 60 minutes

 

Is there a natural cure for panic attacks and anxiety?

This is a good question and depends a lot on your definition of ‘cure’ and the cause of your anxiety and panic attacks.

Natural Treatment for Anxiety

The pharmaceutical companies may say the only real cure is to chemically alter your brain to make anxiety impossible to experience, but that doesn’t sound very natural to me… Surely the feelings of anxiety and panic are serving a purpose; to give us warnings and keep us safe in some ways. But it seems that due to a number of factors these signals are turned up too high or are triggered at the wrong times.

And what about the host of potential side effects from taking prescription medication? Often anti-anxiety drugs may make you feel worse in other ways, listed side effects of popular anti-anxiety medication Venlafaxine are blurred vision, headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, mood changes, possible convulsions, swelling and changes to menstrual cycle. Who would want that? Who would risk feeling worse than they already do, with no real guarantee you’ll ever be free of the medication?

Natural anxiety relief

Whereas if we look at the causes of the anxiety and panic attacks, take a natural approach and try to rebalance the systems responsible for those feelings of panic and anxiety, we would be working towards a more balanced response to the anxiety triggers.

This may be the closest you’ll come to an actual ‘cure’ but it will be a natural one!

By focusing on releasing nervous tension, emotional anxiety and the physical symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, you will be able to gain a greater degree of control over your life, eliminating the need for prescription medication and at the same time enhancing your overall health and wellbeing, instead of jeopardising it with side effects.

Shiatsu is an amazing natural massage technique that is especially effective when dealing with the connection between the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the body. Shiatsu is performed fully clothed on a futon on the floor or a traditional massage couch. A firm and steady pressure is applied with palms, thumbs and fingers to a series of energy lines and points throughout the body (meridians and pressure points, the same as acupuncture, but we don’t use needles). This pressure allows the body to release tension from the muscles, let go of stuck emotions, relax the mind and rebalance the central nervous system.

Shiatsu helps in many other ways below the radar: promoting the correct balance of hormones and chemistry in the body to enhance health and improve feelings of wellbeing. The only side effects are beneficial; such as reduced pain and tension, improved sleep, looser joints and muscles, improved concentration, enhanced immune system, improved mental clarity and much more…

Shiatsu sessions are generally 60 minutes in duration but can be 90 minutes or longer (by arrangement). A number of weekly or fortnightly sessions may be required to reduce the tension and anxiety levels to what feels manageable, then monthly maintenance sessions are advised to keep anxiety levels to a minimum. Extra sessions are recommended when experiencing greater levels of stress and pressure in life, to help you cope and carry on with your day-to-day life in as normal a way as possible.

Natural anxiety treatment

Simon has four London clinics and makes house calls within London and Bromley.

 

Reduced rate/subsidised treatments are available if your anxiety levels impact on your ability to work or study. Please contact Simon on 07951 621 308 or simon@TheShiatsuGuy.com

 

Remember a natural treatment for anxiety and panic attacks is available, with no side effects. You can start to feel the benefits in as little as 60 minutes!

Shiatsu Theory and Practice 3rd Edition By Carola Beresford-Cooke – Book Review

This is the 3rd edition of one of the most comprehensive and useful textbooks for serious Shiatsu Students – Shiatsu Theory and Practice. the first edition came out in 1997 and has been a kind of Bible for learning Shiatsu since then.

Overall Rating (out of 5):


This is the 3rd edition of one of the most comprehensive and useful textbooks for serious Shiatsu Students – Shiatsu Theory and Practice.  the first edition came out in 1997 and has been a kind of Bible for learning Shiatsu since then.  This edition has been greatly expanded with additional text in the new version, technique demonstration on a DVD-ROM, several new chapters including scientific discoveries and developments particularly around energy medicine, field theory, consciousness and intention.

Book review: Shiatsu theory and practice 3rd edition - Carola Beresforde-Cooke
Book review: Shiatsu theory and practice 3rd edition – Carola Beresforde-Cooke

Carola Beresford-Cooke is a respected teacher and author, her roots are in acupuncture but she is firmly allied with Zen Shiatsu, which is probably the most common and popular style of Shiatsu today.

Revised 3rd Edition of Shiatsu Theory and Pracice with improved layout, bigger print and colour photos. Additional chapters for beginner and advanced students of Shiatsu. Lots of theory and advice on practice. DVD-ROM of technique demonstration. Over 100 new pages of content including new theory chapters and and advice for practitioners with approaches to common ailments. Online test questions for revision and CPD.

Pros of Shiatsu Theory and Practice 3rd edition:

  • 100 additional pages
  • New chapters on energy medicine, consciousness & intention and Field Theory, common ailments
  • DVD-ROM of technique demonstration
  • Detailed descriptions of the 5 Phases, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Zen Shiatsu theory
  • Diagrams and descriptions of each meridian and major points
  • Online test questions that can be used for revision and Continued Professional Development
  • Particularly relevant to the Zen Shiatsu Style of Shiatsu Massage

Cons of Shiatsu Theory and Practice 3rd edition:

  • The chapters jump around between beginner and more advanced material, but this is reference material, not a novel
  • Could be daunting for the new Shiatsu student as there is just so much information to take in
  • Could be seen to be such a complete work that it is unnecessary to learn from an experienced, qualified teacher (there is no substitute to proper tuition)

This book comes highly recommended to any student of any style of Shiatsu, and especially if you are a Zen Shiatsu student, as it is particularly relevant to this form of Shiatsu.  It is even recommended if you have an older edition of this work, since the new chapters and extra material make this an invaluable addition to your TCM library.
Remember that this book is no substitution to full and complete training, but will help you to gain deeper insights and greater knowledge into the theory and practice of Shiatsu.
The material in the new scientific discoveries chapters alone makes this a must have for any serious practitioner of Shiatsu, Acupuncture or other Traditional Chinese Medicine modality.
Remember it’s not a novel so there is no need to read it cover to cover, use it as a reference and dip in and out where you need to, as suits your knowledge level and requirements.

If you want to buy the book you can visit Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk
Also available on Kindle (US) or Kindle (UK)
This is one of the best and greatest books on Shiatsu Theory and Practice… as the title of the book quite clearly implies ;o)
This is a must have!

How Shiatsu Can Improve Your Health

This is a guest post written by Nisha from healthypages.co.uk

Take it away Nisha:

Shiatsu is a form of touch therapy that originated in Japan, but draws extensively on ancient Chinese medical philosophy and practice.  Shiatsu, which activates the body’s natural ability to heal, is used not only to treat a wide variety of physiological and psychological symptoms, but also as a preventative measure to maintain general health and wellbeing. Eastern cultures believe that illness results from imbalances in the natural flow of energy through the body.  As in other treatments such as acupuncture, Shiatsu therapy manipulates the energy to restore balance and allow it to flow freely.  This energy, the body’s life force, flows along pathways or meridians throughout the body.  In Japan it is known as Ki.  In other areas of the East it is called Qi or Chi.

A skilled Shiatsu practitioner can interpret both the quality and flow of Ki in your body through their highly developed sense of touch.  The treatment involves applying gentle, rhythmic pressure to the energy meridians, using the fingers, thumbs and palms, focusing on any area of the body where the Ki is blocked.  Along with massage, Shiatsu therapists advise their clients with the aim of increasing confidence, mind-body awareness and coping abilities.  As well as producing deep relaxation, Shiatsu stimulates healing and is used to treat many common conditions including:

Arthritis – Shiatsu can help alleviate the symptoms experienced by those suffering from both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  The gentle massage and stretching has numerous benefits from pain relief to reducing inflammation and swelling, soothing stiff muscles and helping to maintain range of motion in the joints.

Post-injury muscle pain and spasms – Shiatsu is often the treatment of choice for people experiencing chronic pain following a fall, whiplash or other injury, particularly when traditional medical intervention has failed provide long-lasting relief.  Shiatsu can alleviate the pain and spasms, while improving motility and range of motion in the affected area.

Migraine – The pain of a migraine is the result of rapid widening and narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain and can be triggered by stress, hunger, a change in the weather, certain foods or drugs such as caffeine.  The relaxing effect of Shiatsu alleviates the pain by increasing blood flow and circulation.

Pre-menstrual syndrome – Ninety percent of women experience the physical and emotional symptoms associated with PMS. Shiatsu can relieve the cramping, backache and general fatigue while calming the nervous system.  It can even help reduce cravings.

Pregnancy – Shiatsu is useful in treating the common discomforts of pregnancy such as morning sickness, heartburn, pre-eclampsia, low back pain, fatigue, and edema.  It can also be used before or during labor to help speed up the process, by intensifying uterine contractions.

In addition to be used for specific conditions, Shiatsu improves your overall health by regulating hormonal balances, enhancing digestion, improving posture, preventing injuries by limbering up your muscles, decreasing blood pressure, revitalizing your skin, supporting your immune system and much more.  Shiatsu is a very powerful therapy, that can help keep you dis-ease free.

Hello my name is Nisha, I am the Editor for healthypages.co.uk.  I love to write about health and beauty, especially Complementary Therapies, please visit our site for more information

Nisha, guest author from healthypages.co.uk

5 things to consider when choosing your complementary therapist

Some things to look out for when choosing the right Complementary Therapist for you. How to find the best solution to your particular situation.

Finding the right therapist for you is an important process and needs to be considered carefully.  You will be entering into a relationship with your therapist that in some ways is more intimate than with anyone else,  you will potentially be dealing directly with physical, mental, emotion and even spiritual energies, and ideally transforming them into a healthier state.  We all have our individual tastes and different needs when looking for the right massage therapist or CAM practitioner to work with.  Here we will look at some common considerations when choosing your complementary therapist.

Most importantly for me to look at is

What do you hope to achieve from the treatments?

This will depend on your particular situation in regards to your health, stress levels and other reasons for wanting to have treatments.  If you have a long-term condition you may simply want to gain some on-going relief and will therefore be looking for a long-term relationship that suits you and your therapist.  Alternatively you may be dealing with some acute stress, recovering from an injury, illness or surgery, or looking for a performance boost before a special sporting event, perhaps trying to deal with nerves before a big business meeting or conference or maybe you’re wanting to feel better in other areas of your life.  In these cases you would need to consider what would be most effective to deal with the situation.

Male or Female therapist?

This can simply be a question of who you are more comfortable with, or could come down to what is more appropriate for personal or religious reasons.  Or you might choose your therapist based on the qualities of the gender in regards to the style of therapy you choose, depending on the energy involved (you would expect the big, hulking guy to provide the best Thai Yoga Massage, but it seems the tiny Thai lady is uniquely suited to inflicting the most pain).  This is very much down to personal taste and will vary from individual to individual and situation to situation.

Home visits or clinic?

Which you choose will generally depend on your situation in regards to time, location, space and money.  This really comes down to cost or convenience; if you’re busy and can afford it, you might decide to have someone come to your house or business, you’ll pay more but the time saved will surely be worth much more.  Alternatively visiting a regular clinic may keep the costs down, as the therapist can see more people in a day, making their practice more efficient.

Which therapy Style you choose?

This will be a mix of personal preference and your intended results.  If you are mainly seeking therapy for enjoyment, or experience, you may choose the style that you like the best, simply because it is pleasant or interesting.  Or you may have very specific goals in mind, to rehabilitate a bad back or other damaged body part, to deal with stress, to gain flexibility and mobility, to improve sleep… there are a huge and growing list of ailments and conditions that can be helped with different complementary therapies and forms of body work, so you may have to do some research into the various styles to find out what works best for your condition and what you personally resonate with the most.  If you have the opportunity I’d recommend trying the different styles that appeal, even if you’re not familiar with them, and even trying different therapists within a style, to make sure you really find the best person to treat your particular situation.

Your Personal preference?

Sometimes there is just a connection you feel when being treated by the right therapist, it’s indescribable, except to say that they can find every point that needs their attention… those places you didn’t know hurt until just that moment when they touched there… and already the pain is easing…

That is the X factor…

As you can see, there are a number of factors to consider when looking for a therapist, sometimes logical, sometimes on a feeling.  I hope this post will help you get more from your massage therapy sessions

🙂