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 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!

 

The Differences between Northern and Southern Style Thai Yoga Massage

“The body is precious. It is our vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care”. As quoted by one of the greatest people of all time, Gautama the Buddha.

The Buddha has, in his own way, been a part of how Thai Yoga Massage was developed and evolved over the centuries.

But before we explore the different styles of Thai Massage, let’s look a little more deeply into its origin.

Thai Yoga Massage’s roots lie in India and the flower bloomed in Thailand. Jivaka Kumar Bhacca is the founding father, and is now known in Thailand as the Father of Medicine. An Ayurvedic doctor renowned for his knowledge of herbal medicine, his exceptional medical skWat Pho - Thai Massageills and for providing medical care to important people during his day, including the Buddha himself.

While Thai Yoga massage’s principles came from the Buddhist schools, its basic practices and techniques evolved in India, China, Thailand and South East Asia and have since spread throughout the West over the past 20 years or so.

Within Thailand two distinct forms evolved, giving us its two main styles, Southern and Northern Thai massage.

For us to be able to fully appreciate these two styles, we’ll first look at their similarities and then their differences.

First, Southern and Northern styles both recognise Jivaka Kumar Bhacca as its founding father, originated in India along with Buddhism, some 2500 years ago.

Second, both styles came from two elements. The ‘Royal Style’ and ‘Common Style’ of Ancient Thai massage.

The Royal style is called ‘Nuat Rajchasumnak’, meaning; providing the receiver with great respect and courtesy by the practitioner.

The other, which is the Common Style is called ‘Nuat Chaloeyseuk’, meaning; manipulate tense and tight muscles due to intense labour occupations.

Wat Pho - Thai Yoga Massage - Sen LinesAnd last, they both include combinations of stretches and muscle manipulation as well as giving pressure to the 72,000 Thai Sen lines and energy points of the body.

Now for the differences between the Northern and Southern styles of Thai Yoga Massage

The Southern style is known as “Folk Thai Massage”, it is taught in Wat Pho temple in Bangkok and its has been largely influenced by Chinese medicine. As a result it’s more focused on the powerful work on energy lines and pathways, opening energy channels and giving deep Chinese acupressure. A good invigorating choice for someone who wants to feel strong and be full of energy.

While the Northern style is known as “Royal Thai Massage”, mainly taught in Chiang Mai and has a greater Indian influence. Unlike the Southern style, it has more of a focus on slow, yogic stretching techniques and done in a gentle rhythm way found in Ayurveda and Yoga. Perfect for those who want to unwind and relax after a long day of hard work, or to release tension from tight muscles.

Depending on the receiver’s needs and personality, both styles have their own unique and special way of conditioning the body and providing relief for muscular tensions, stress and body pains due to overactivity.

Simon studied the Northern style of Thai Yoga Massage at Muditha Thai Yoga school, but the southern style shares some similarities with Japanese Shiatsu Massage.

If you’ve enjoyed this blog post please see our two other posts on Thai Yoga massage, specifically the benefits for Office Workers and for Sports People.

Please comment below and share you’re experience a if Thai Yoga Massage. Perhaps you’ve visited Wat Pho temple or received Thai Yoga massage yourself.

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Jo Maughan Thai Yoga Massage Testimonial for Simon Henderson The Shiatsu Guy

I left with a sense of overall well-being which lasted a few days

Simon’s massage relieved my tight left shoulder and neck which was wonderful. More than that though, the massage was very reviving and relaxing overall and I left with a sense of overall well-being which lasted a few days. What I liked most about the Thai Yoga Massage was that Simon actively manipulated my joints and I was more active in the massage. Thank you, Simon – you seem to be able to exert just the right amount of pressure.

Jo Maughan - Career, Confidence and Happiness Coach @ Your Thinking PartnerLondon, UK

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

🙂