Shiatsu is a complementary health-care system which incorporates Oriental Medicine and Western therapies to prevent illness, support health and personal development. Originating in the 1970’s in Japan, it has since then developed internationally. It is a hands-on physical therapy, often referred to as “acupuncture without needles”, that uses a combination of modulated pressure on specific acupressure points and acupuncture channels, joint mobilizations and muscular stretches to re-invigorate areas where there is weakness, to release tension and support the receiver to return to a state of physical and psychological balance. Shiatsu works by assessing and strengthening the self-balancing systems within the body-mind referred as ‘Ki’ in Japanese. When Ki is functioning, we naturally enjoy resilience towards illness and both minor and chronic problems can be easily faced and resolved.
Mindful Shiatsu combines the therapeutic benefits of Shiatsu and the proven practices of Mindfulness, in dealing with chronic pain, stress and ill-health. It helps to develop a new caring way of listening to painful sensations or difficult feelings and to build inner resources for dealing with discomfort that before seemed not possible to work with. It is an empathic and meditative approach to working with physical and emotional problems which gives choice to re-enter an embodied aliveness, to release deeply and to embrace who we actually are. There is substantial widespread evidence that Mindfulness promotes well-being and is as effective as painkillers in dealing with chronic pain.
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Seiki is an approach to self-healing. It is also a manual Ki-Therapy, developed by the late Japanese Shiatsu Teacher, Akinobu Kishi, who spent most of his life researching and demonstrating the process of human healing. It is Kishi’s legacy to the Shiatsu and the therapeutic bodywork world, as well as a vehicle for discovering a balanced and “more” authentic way of consciously living in resonance with nature and the wider experience of being alive and well on this planet.
In our busy, often disconnected, modern life, overcrowded with everchanging information, Seiki shows how we can cultivate and facilitate healing effectively, while cutting through the excessive authority of academic methods, theories and techniques. Drawing from Japanese and Western traditions, it invites us to explore life creatively, with presence and an empathic responsibility towards our inner nature, our environment and shared human condition.
At the heart of Seiki, health and disease are seen as aspects of our relationship to life and the therapeutic
invitation here is how to address the balance in one’s own life movement rather than focusing on mending “ill-health”. For this, Seiki is also being practised as a guide to self-healing and development.
Seiki’s greatest contribution to the evolution of manual therapy, however, rests in the experiential approach
and skills this method has developed to assist life’s natural ability to process and recover from disease.
Every client, and the condition they bring, is welcomed with mindful attention towards what is actually
showing in their body/mind at the time, and responded to through empathy, which guides the contact to
where their body calls for it. There are no standardised techniques used as it is understood that the road to
recovery is original for each person.
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