Shiatsu is a therapy that addresses all aspects of our being.
Shiatsu uses hand pressure and
manipulative techniques to adjust the body's physical structure and align its natural inner energies, helping to maintain good health and wellbeing.
Many people report feeling more relaxed after a treatment, less stressed and less anxious.
It can be used on its own to maintain general wellbeing.
However, Shiatsu is not a substitute for medical treatment but can be used alongside conventional treatment to support the person's wellbeing and relaxation.
During a shiatsu treatment you wear comfortable clothes and avoid wearing a skirt or tight jeans; and bring, or wear, a warm pair of socks.
About Gunasiddhi Clark
My love of Shiatsu began after experiencing the benefits during a difficult personal time. I started my Shiatsu training in 2003 at the Glasgow School of Shiatsu and found the principles converged easily with my Buddhist practice of over 30 years. I enjoyed the intense 3 year training course.
I live with my partner in the West End of Glasgow and love the vibrancy and friendliness of the area. It is satisfying to contribute to my local community through West End Wellbeing Clinic.
I am a member of the Shiatsu Society, the professional body that maintains standards and supports practitioners.
For Shiatsu Society website click here
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a hands-on body therapy originating in Japan. It is a type of treatment that, like western massage, uses pressure, stretches, holding, joint mobilisations and rocking to affect the physical structures of the body. Unlike western massage it also works with the body's Qi energy. While it has positive effects on the body's physical structure and internal organs, it can also reach the emotions and help them to heal.
How Shiatsu works
According to the tradition the Qi (energy) flowing in each of the meridians has different qualities and functions. Health and wellbeing can be positively affected by working with these different energies. The Shiatsu practitioner is able to tune-in and offer some possibilities for change - both physical and emotional.
What is Qi?
Qi is our life-force. It flows throughout the body like a system of rivers and canals and provides the energy for our life processes. It gives our organs their transformative abilities, holds everything in place and supplies our vitality.
Things may happen to upset the smooth flow of Qi, causing blockages in some areas and weaknesses in others. These blockages or weaknesses in turn may lead to physical symptoms, to psychological or emotional disturbances, or simply to a feeling that things are just not quite right.
History of Shiatsu
Massage, along with acupuncture and herbalism, was for centuries an integral part of traditional Chinese medicine, which was introduced to Japan by a Buddhist monk in the 6th century. The Japanese developed and refined many of these methods. In particular, they developed the abdominal diagnosis, treatment and massage techniques that are used in shiatsu today.
In the early part of the 20th century, the newer Western sciences of anatomy and physiology into several of the older methods of treatment which became known as Shiatsu therapy.