I’ve been pondering why I love shiatsu so?
How it fits into my desire to reduce the stress levels in the world?
Particularly the stress and anxiety overworked and undervalued working Moms & mumpreneurs experience.
And also what brings my clients back time after time?
In their own words shiatsu truly is more than just a massage.
Why do I love it so?
As you know I’m big on helping take women out of stress and anxiety and into a calmer, less shaky space.
I’m big on helping take a fragile, lost woman back to a space where she can connect deeply to her grounded self and feel more in balance with life.
I’m big on helping her connect deeply with her core self, with who she really is.
Because I know that from that steady ground she can heal.
And I know that from that steady ground she can easily access her confident powerful self.
Because I know that from that space goddesses are born!
When a client first comes to me the work is all about calming and connecting. When a client has been in a state of high alert for a long time, months or even years, then what she needs most is for someone to listen.
For someone to hear her and say with compassion, ‘this has been so hard for you‘.
For someone to hear her and say with understanding ‘ Yes you are doing the right thing in taking care of yourself’.
She needs to be heard and to be given permission.
Sometimes at this point she’ll find it’s too hard to talk about her struggles and she just wants to be helped.
Here is where shiatsu touch can be so healing.
Giving shiatsu over time offers me the space to work deeply with the nervous system and calm the stress response.
All I need to think about in that first session is relieving the stress response and helping my client feel her body again, to come back into her body, because often she is any place else menatlly to avoid having to feel anything real.
Shiatsu offers a safe space for this connecting back in. This is where the trust is born, and this is where the road to healing begins.
My clients report being very relaxed after this first session, and very tired. This is normal as the toxins release and the qi (life force energy) starts to flow again. My advice here is always take time to rest now for the next few days. Be selfish with it. Your husband/partner and children will be better off with a happier, well rested you.
Take time to rest and heal. After a couple of days you will have more energy and you will notice you are less stressed.
And this healing space is where the magic happens. I see a different person the next week, a brighter, clearer voiced, more joyful woman, who knows now she is in control and she can do something about how she feels.
And now the work can go deeper as she trusts the shiatsu and trusts me as her practitioner.
And week on week she heals.
And I hear things like, ‘you have magic hands’ and ‘I’m getting less and less anxiety whooshes’, and other unexpected things like ‘my neck doesn’t hurt anymore’ or ‘I rarely get migraines now’…
And this happens because I believe mind and body are part of the same system so changing one will change the other. Because I bring all I know about the mind body connection to my work.
Because I bring all I know about shiatsu and live to hear that deep intake of breath when blockages are released and the qi moves freely again.
Because I put my heart into it and love to hear ‘you just seem to know where to go’ and ‘this is the best hour of my week’ and ‘this is the only thing keeping me going right now’ and ‘it’s just so relaxing’.
And because my clients bring themselves fully to the work and receive on a deep level and so experience that shift and learn to spot when things are sliding again and so come back to me so they can come back to themselves.
Shiatsu is not really a massage. It is so much more. It’s energy work. It is based on an ancient system. It goes deep and it lingers long after the session has ended. And this is why I love it so.
My clients sometimes ask me if I go for shiatsu. My answer is a resounding YES!
I work with stress and anxiety because I know all about it. I work with women and working Mums because I am one and I don’t offer anything I don’t practice or use myself.
Shiatsu was my first love. I wrote this to reconnect to my why and I think I just fell back in love again 🙂