There are many forms of massage and we are lucky that in Edinburgh most of the massage disciplines are available for us to try. Massage is not ‘one size fits all’ so it’s important to know what type of massage is best for you/your condition, what type you would enjoy the most and where to receive treatment. One of the most popular forms of Japanese massage is ‘Shiatsu’ and this month we have a guest blog from Tamsin Grainger, Director of The Shiatsu School Edinburgh.
Here is some information about Shiatsu from Tamsin:
Established in the city in 2000, The Shiatsu School Edinburgh (TSSED) has trained over 53 Shiatsu practitioners and given divers Introductory Days, Student Clinics and Graduate trainings. Proud to be both local and part of a national network, TSSED staff have worked in Edinburgh primary and secondary schools, businesses, and health fairs as well as participating in Shiatsu Society events all over Britain, and teaching about Shiatsu for children in Switzerland.
Shiatsu is Japanese acupressure massage and is done on top of clothing, making it comfortable and reassuring. It is holistic, regarding the physical body, mind, spirit and emotions as equally important, and it aims to restore natural balance to the body, believing that disease or unhappiness is a sign of imbalance. Research has showed it is great for stress, upper body pain, sports injuries and joint difficulties.
As established practitioners and qualified teachers (also members of the registers of The Shiatsu Society (UK) and the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council), TSSED staff are passionate about empowering people to give Shiatsu acupressure massage in a safe and effective manner. It is important for members of the public to know that anything to do with touch is taught with awareness and understanding, and we believe that healthy touch is part of effective communication and good relationships with each other and with our own body’s. It is surprisingly quick and easy to learn for use at home, although to be a fully qualified practitioner we study for a minimum of 3 years.
A one-hour Shiatsu session is often taken on a futon mattress on the floor and the touch used ranges from very gentle and supportive holding to strong stretches and active joint rotations. The massage is adjusted to suit the recipient and feedback is given throughout to ensure ease and effectiveness.
Tamsin Grainger MRSS, Director, TSSED 20.10.13
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