Shiatsu is an ancient practice which originated in China. Often called acupuncture without needles, it is non-invasive and gentle. It is practiced on a floor mat or table, with the client fully clothed. Deep or light pressure is applied on energetic pathways (meridians) which traverse the body.
Pressure or notification (stretching) is applied on the meridian where energy is low (kyo) or high (jitsu). Many times people will ask how shiatsu differs from massage, chiropractic techniques, and acupuncture. In shiatsu there is no manipulation of skin (clients wear clothing during session), no abrupt movements (as with some chiropractic methods), and no needles as with acupuncture.
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How To Tell if Shiatsu is for You
Shiatsu and sound therapy are not for everybody. A session should be approached with openness and the willingness and desire to heal yourself. It is important to have a partner in this process. The practitioner is your partner in healing. In some cases, you may not resonate with a practitioner. Partnerships, whether in dance, romance, or life, are delicate and unique. In rare cases, if I do not feel a resonance, I will decline to perform a session and may recommend another practitioner. Please do not feel offended. It is in your best interest. There may be another practitioner, more expert in your needs, that you should seek out.
If you have been injured, you know that returning to health does not mean being able to put on socks and sit at a computer for 8 hours. Though the body wants to return to its prior state, it can get confused, and the journey can be prolonged by anxiety and other factors.
Shiatsu does not work for everyone, but it may be a part of your healing program. It is not a magic wand. Of course, neither is Prozac. :)
Unlike some other treatments, however, shiatsu does no harm.
The session usually lasts 1.5 hours, and for 30 minutes or more the client is discovering and deciphering their energy imbalance with me. Sometimes the client will go into a deep sleep. When practical, they are given the time they need to awaken naturally. Shiatsu and sound therapy are not intended to replace medical care. If you are under the care of a physician, you must have a release form from your physician before booking a session. Feel free to call me to discuss your needs and expectations.
Sound therapy is based on the healing power of sound waves. Through the research of Dr. Litovitz and other physicists, we know that electromagnetic waves, below the level of our awareness, affect our cells' ability to protect our DNA. As humans, we perceive a very small band of electromagnetic waves as light, and heat. It is as yet unproven that sound waves, which are not electromagnetic in nature, have the same positive and negative health affects as electromagnetic waves, but music has long been accepted as therapeutic.
In a soma energetics sound therapy session, tuning forks, believed to be associated with Chakras, are sounded over the client's body in a specific sequence and combination. In some cases the stems are placed on meridians or triggerpoints. The theory is that there is a sensory memory below our level of awareness that recognizes these sounds as those used throughout history for healing in Gregorian, American Indian and Tibetan chanting. Clients have uniformly reported a feeling relaxation during and after the session. Effects of Chakra tuning are usually felt days after the session.
Do you live to dance? I have danced for over 30 years, starting with ballet and ending with international ballroom. I incorporate this training in all my sessions. I offer flexibility training and dance conditioning. Also, for aspiring dancers, we will film your training, performances or competitions to enable you to assess errors and make improvements. (Our videographer is especially trained to capture dance performance.) Go to our Contact Us page to request information or schedule an appointment.
If you are not in the DC metro area, please visit the ABMP site to find a practitioner near you. Most of all, be gentle with yourself, and be well.