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…

And as alwasy, you can download the podcast episode from iTunes and Stitcher Radio or play right here in the browser

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

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)

 

 

The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast is un-sponsored by you!

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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…

 

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

 

If you enjoy the podcast please subscribe, share with your friends and colleagues and if you feel so inclined we’d really appreciate a review!

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

 

The Shiatsu Guy Presents… Podcast is un-sponsored by you!

We’ve decided to keep the podcast sponsor and ad free by utilising Patreon as a way for our listeners to pledge their support to the project!

Patreon is a bit like crowd funding for artistic projects, you can pledge as much or as little as you want, starting from as little as $1 per month or per episode and you can even decide to cap your contribution at a monthly max…

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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

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!

 

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’

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!