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Sei-ki, Japanese Shiatsu

The Art of Touch for health and well-being

In Sei-ki Shiatsu, the practitioner “reads” the client to see their particular pattern of tension and where it will be helpful to touch.
Touch is often gentle and light, but it may also be strong and deep, depending on what is necessary for meeting areas of holding.
In Sei-ki Shiatsu, we always work with the breath, so you will always experience the touch, whether light or deep, as comfortable.

The effects of Sei-ki Shiatsu:
Ø Feeling deeply relaxed
Ø Free flow of breathing
Ø Mind clarity
Ø Going into a zone where you are half awake, half asleep where you will process mental, emotional and physical issues
Ø The release of physical tensions and pains and the resolution of issues
Ø Emotions rising up and releasing
Ø Thoughts rushing around which usually slow down and leave a feeling of inner peace
Ø A “strange” or new feeling as a fresh perspective or feeling arrives
Ø Initial discomfort followed by greater energy and peace
Ø A feeling of being understood without judgment

Guidelines for receiving Sei-ki Shiatsu:
Please wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, long trousers, t-shirt and socks. Do not eat heavily at least two hours prior to treatment. Do not drink alcohol before or after
treatment. After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the flow of changes through the system. If at all possible avoid strenuous or stressful activities after your session.

What to expect in a Sei-ki Shiatsu treatment:
Ø Each session lasts approximately one and a half hours. The practitioner may ask for details of your current state of health, any medical conditions, history, and lifestyle. The practitioner may take written notes.
Ø You remain fully clothed at all times. The session usually takes place on a futon on the floor, although it is possible to receive Shiatsu seated or on a treatment couch.
Ø The practitioner will treat your whole body by using finger or palm pressure or sometimes, if needed, using knees, elbows and feet.
Ø Sei-ki Shiatsu can involve rotation and stretches of joints and limbs.
Ø Following the treatment, due to the body’s natural healing process, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed. To experience the full benefits you may wish to rest for a while after having received the treatment.

“Whenever we rise in an aero plane, even on the most cold or rainy days, there is the blue sky above the clouds with the sun shining. This means: When we don’t feel good or have physical problems, we can find this state of peace and equanimity, if we go very deep inside.” Akinobu Kishi, the founder of Sei ki Shiatsu

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be ill to receive Sei-ki Shiatsu?
No. People can receive Sei-ki Shiatsu purely for relaxation and enjoyment. Regular treatments may help to keep the body in harmony and ward off ill-health.

Can I receive Sei-ki Shiatsu whilst on medication?
Yes. The practitioner will ask whether you are currently taking medication and take details of any medical conditions you are suffering from.

I’m pregnant – can I still receive Sei-ki Shiatsu?
Yes. Sei-ki Shiatsu is safe and supportive during and after pregnancy. Unless the doctor has advised otherwise.

Can Sei-ki Shiatsu help with ongoing or incurable conditions? Yes. Sei-ki Shiatsu can offer support and can often help to moderate or manage symptoms even if the problem will never really go away. An increased sense of well-being due to Sei-ki Shiatsu may boost tolerance levels in the receiver, helping them to deal with the symptoms more easily.

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