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Who is Shiatsu Massage Good For?

If you're wondering who will benefit from Shiatsu Massage, then this list will hopefully answer your questions! Shiatsu is a flexible therapy that helps people feel better in a number of different ways... Read on to find out if Shiatsu would benefit you!

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Sports People and Fitness Enthusiasts

Sports People and Fitness Enthusiasts

For people serious about sports and their fitness it's important to look after your body! You are regularly putting your body under pressure, so you need to make sure your joints, muscles, tendons and ligaments are in good order. Shiatsu can help your body stay in top physical condition, or to recover from gym and sporting injuries more quickly.

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Office Workers

Office Workers

If you're spending long hours at your desk, under pressure from deadlines and your boss, then regular Shiatsu treatments will help you to relax and put things in perspective, as well as release the tension in the muscles of the back, neck and shoulders.

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Commuters

Commuters

If you're traveling to and for work, carrying a heavy laptop or a bag, then you're going to need Shiatsu for that aching shoulder and twisted back, and maybe to calm that tube rage!

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Pilots, Air Stewards and International Travellers

Pilots, Air Stewards and International Travellers

Jetlag! If you're flying around the world regularly the altitude, disrupted sleep and changes in timezones can wreak havoc on your system. Your immune system, sleep patterns and emotional state can be really upset. Having a Shiatsu massage before and after a long haul flight will help your body cope with the stress and strain on your body. Shiatsu will get you back into the right sleep pattern more quickly, support your immune system, help your body deal with the changes in altitude and cabin pressure, and generally give you a boost to your wellbeing. There are also reports of Air Stewardesses having problems conceiving due to the effects constant long-haul travel, Shiatsu can help with conception and childbirth too.

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Mums and Mum's To Be!

Mums and Mum's To Be!

It's hard work being a Mum, with the stresses and strains of running around after a young child, not having much time to yourself and having your sleep disturbed for years! It's also pretty difficult for many people to conceive these days too with the level of stress and pressure in our lives the body doesn't always work like it should. Shiatsu is an important way to calm and relax the body, either in preparation for parenthood or as a break from it! Shiatsu releases tension in the body, balances hormones, promotes a sense of wellbeing, and generally allows you to take time out for yourself!

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People recovering from an Injury or Surgery

People recovering from an Injury or Surgery

If you've had an accident or surgery and it's taking time for your body to recover then Shiatsu massage can help you get back on your feet quicker. Shiatsu treatments can be directed to specific areas of the body to aid the healing process by releasing trauma from the soft tissue, improving blood flow to the site of the wound which helps break down scar tissue and move away cellular waste products. Shiatsu also have the added benefit of improving your sense of wellbeing, so you'll feel better quicker, which also helps your healing process.

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People recovering from Illness or needing to boost their Immune System

People recovering from Illness or needing to boost their Immune System

When the immune system is compromised by stress, over work, sub-optimal nutrition, pollution and daily exposure to bugs and germs you need to give yourself a break and help your system recover. Obviously addressing as many of the factors stressing your immune system as possible is vital! If you need an extra boost to your health then Shiatsu is a great way to press the reset button. Taking an hour out to stop, relax, and refresh will help your body to heal itself and get your natural defences working for you. Shiatsu reduces stress hormones and increases the feel good hormones such as seratonin and oxytosin. Also an hour of being looked after will do wonders for your energy levels and sense of wellbeing.

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Cancer Patients and their Families

Cancer Patients and their Families

The effectiveness of Complementary Cancer treatments may be contentions to some, but if we look at how we can support the Cancer patient throughout their treatment then it's a different conversation. There is a lot of emotional turmoil when Cancer is diagnosed for the sufferer, their friends and family. The current mainstream treatments for cancer are pretty barbaric; including cutting, poisoning and burning the body. All of this takes it toll on the Cancer patient and causes potentially more suffering than the Cancer itself.
Shiatsu is a way to give support on many different levels to the Cancer patient and their families. Shiatsu treatments provide a safe and nurturing space to experience the often-confusing emotions of sadness, fear, anxiety, anger and denial. Shiatsu offers reassuring human contact and touch to counter what may be a more detached and clinical hospital environment.
Shiatsu has also been reported to help with the symptoms of chemotherapy; especially with nausea and sickness.

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CFS/ME sufferers

CFS/ME sufferers

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and ME are particularly difficult conditions to deal with... Most people don't even really believe they exist and many specialists have different ideas about their cause and the best way to recover from them.
There seems to be a correlation between emotional stress, physical stress and an underlying illness such as a virus or bacterial infection that triggers it all off. But once you get hit with CFS or ME it's often a long journey to getting well again.
I believe it is a personal journey to health and wellbeing that encompasses nutrition, exercise, rest, rehabilitation and most importantly self knowledge.
Shiatsu is an important part of restoring the body to a state of balanced energy and health again. It is also highly recommended to look into Mickel therapy, a talking therapy that identifies and teaches techniques to deal with the emotional short circuits that cause a lot of the energy loss.

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People suffering from Stress

People suffering from Stress

Stress is a big problem in the Western world (and increasingly in the East), with more and more expected of employees in companies, and more again for the self-employed and freelancers. Shiatsu is a great way to take time out and give yourself the space to put things in perspective. Shiatsu will also help to release the physical tension and put you in a very relaxed place. So whatever your stress and whatever the symptoms, give Shiatsu a go to get you back to a place of feeling good!

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Whiplash Injury

Whiplash Injury

Whiplash injury requires it's own separate listing as it's a special kind of trauma to the body that tends to crop up whenever the body is under stress or pressure. It becomes a chink in the armour of the body which is susceptible to flair ups at any time. Whiplash injuries happen suddenly leaving the tissues of the neck and shoulders in a kind of permanent stressed state, ready to complain anytime they are aggravated (by whatever is stressing you in life). Shiatsu is an effective way to return the traumatised muscles, tendons and ligaments back to their natural state. Other therapies such as Craniosacral therapy and RESET TMJ release are also effective treatments for whiplash injuries.