Shiatsu – Michele Bisetto
Shiatsu uses one of the oldest forms of medicine – healing through touch. Pronounced ‘she-at-soo’, it is a natural healing therapy which has its origins in Oriental medical theory and techniques dating back many centuries. The word shiatsu means “thumb pressure” because the main technique involves sustained pressure delivered by thumb, palms, elbows or knees from practitioner to receiver. The effect is like an intensely calming massage.
Combined with stretching and other techniques, shiatsu aims to balance the essential energy (the ‘ki’) of the body. The shiatsu practitioner works on the body, releasing tense, stagnant areas and strengthening the weaker parts of the body.
Acupressure delivered in the grounded and supportive style of Shiatsu can achieve remarkable results for many complaints including anxiety, back and neck pain, headaches and digestive problems.
What happens during a Shiatsu treatment?
Before the treatment, the client will be asked about his or her general health and medical history including details about diet, exercise and sleeping patterns.
Michele treats the whole body during the session, as well as focusing on specific problem areas. Diagnosis can be made by feeling a client’s pulse, the points on the back, palpitation of the hara (abdomen) or by observing the face, tongue or posture.
Treatment is usually conducted on a cotton futon on the floor with the use of bolsters and cushions for extra support and comfort. If required, the treatment can be adapted to suit the needs of the client by utilising either a massage table or chair.
No body oils are used and the client remains fully clothed. The client wears loose, comfortable clothes that will be flexible to movement and stretching.
An initial consultation will last about one and half hours; treatments thereafter are usually between one and one and a quarter hours. Following a shiatsu treatment, clients generally feel more balanced, relaxed and enjoy a sense of calmness.
Health Benefits of Shiatsu:
Acupressure delivered in the grounded and supportive style of shiatsu can achieve remarkable results in the following areas:
- Back, neck and shoulder pain
- Digestive problems
- Headaches and migraines
- Menstrual issues
Health Fund Rebates:
Health fund rebates are available via well-known private health funds.