SHIATSU & YOGA FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I need a Shiatsu treatment?
If you answer yes to some of these questions we could work well together…

  • Are you feeling that your stress levels are affecting your ability to live your life to its full potential?
  • Do you feel exhausted all the time?
  • Do you have pain that is stiffling your ability to do the things you need and want to do?
  • Do you have an illness or condition that you are finding hard to accept and adjust to?
  • Are you going through a life changing transition (positive or negative) and would like some support while you find your feet again?
  • Are you open minded to alternative holistic treatments but also happy to remain under your doctors or consultants supervision?
  • Do you feel that you have become ‘stuck’ by not dealing with an emotional issue and you’ve come to a point where you wish to do something about it?

What responds well to shiatsu?

  • Shoulder, neck and back pain
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Old injuries that still cause problems or new injuries to assist recovery
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Digestive disorders eg IBS, heartburn
  • Anxiety, stress, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders
  • Trying to conceive, infertility, hormonal imbalance, menopause, PMS, period pain
  • Support during life transitions eg separation, divorce, death of a loved one, moving home, changing job, adapting to the birth of a baby, exam stress, coming to terms with an illness or disability of your own or a loved one.
  • Restorative recovery following illness, surgery or courses of strong medication eg chemotherapy, infertility hormone therapy, viral and bacterial illnesses, heart surgery.

What should I expect during my Shiatsu appointment?
Your first session will involve a fifteen minute consultation followed by a 45 minute treatment. Subsequent treatments are one hour in length and include an update of how you’ve been since your previous visit and your Shiatsu massage. Each treatment is tailored uniquely to your condition. Shiatsu is received fully clothed at floor level on a comfortable futon mattress.

Gentle pressure is applied with palms, thumbs and fingers to acupressure points and energy pathways. Limbs and joints may be gently manipulated, rotated and stretched. I may sometimes offer Cupping on some acupressure points. Small suction cups are used and can be very effective for back pain and other conditions. Moxibustion may also be used in some cases. This involves holding warm insense close to the skin.

What should I wear for Yoga or Shiatsu?
Wear loose comfortable stretchy clothing. Tracksuit bottoms or leggings, a long sleeve top and socks for Shiatsu, bare feet for yoga. It’s best to remove bracelets, watches, earrings and necklaces.

Does Shiatsu hurt?
No, it shouldn’t hurt. Sometimes you may experience what people call a ‘good pain’, or a sensation of energy moving. Some people report seeing colours during a treatment but in general it is an extremely relaxing and grounding experience. You may even fall asleep for portions of your treatment.

How many Shiatsu treatments do I need?
You can have one session as a relaxing treat. For relaxation and maintenance of general wellbeing one per month is advisable. If you are unwell or generally worn down I recommend a package of four to six treatments, one per week and maybe moving to fortnightly, then monthly. You’ll feel when it’s time to reduce or finish your treatment programme.

I’m pregnant, can I receive Shiatsu?
You can receive Shiatsu during your second (after 12 weeks) and third trimester of pregnancy. Shiatsu is safe, it works with the natural energy present in your body, it does not add or take away energy that is not already there but works to balance what is present.

I have a serious illness, can I receive Shiatsu?
Yes you can but you will need to show me your consultants written permission. If you email me I can send you a letter to give to your consultant explaining what Shiatsu is and what your treatment may involve. I can also email you a letter of consent so if your consultant is happy for you to go ahead with an appointment he/she needs only to sign the provided letter.

Is Shiatsu only for treating a physical illness or discomfort?
No, it is also a wonderful way to treat yourself to a relaxing experience which will initiate your natural healing mechanisms. This is a time honoured way to balance the systems of the body and maintain your state of health.

What happens between Shiatsu treatments?
You can continue to support your treatment at home. I can offer advice on self help acupressure points, provide a  personalised yoga programme, make you a personalised meditation CD and recommend foods to encourage your continued energy balancing and healing.

How much does Shiatsu cost?
A one hour Shiatsu treatment or one to one yoga class, including a consultation, costs E50.
A half hour Shiatsu treatment or one to one yoga class, including a consultation, costs E30.
A fifteen minute mini Shiatsu treatment costs E15.

YOGA

I’m not at all flexible, can I do yoga?
Absolutely. Yoga helps you to gently increase your mobility, you don’t need to be flexible before you start, increasing your flexibility is part of the fun as the weeks go by.

All the media photos I see of yoga classes seem to have super fit, super flexible and super lean young ladies in them. Can I do yoga?
Totally. Yoga is for every body and every shape. I feel passionately about this.

I can’t see myself standing on my head or wrapping myself in knots … is yoga for me?!
Yes it is. It doesn’t matter how deep you work into a pose. There are many levels of each pose to suit all abilities and these will be offered in class. What’s important is that you find your own true level. That’s where your work will happen. You just need to find that place for you. As time goes by you will go deeper into poses, but that’s not the aim. The aim is to be at your own level of safe work. Listen, observe and be aware of your own bodies needs which change on a daily bases, stay within these limits and do not push beyond them or you go beyond the point where positive therapy is happening for your body. Yoga is about honouring your body as it is. When you learn to do this, things start to change, but we are not striving for that change, in yoga we strive to accept and love the now and know that we are perfect, with all our beautiful imperfections.

When and where are your classes?
Tuesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 10am over Quidsworth in Carrick on Shannon. Class attendance is by appointment only. Places are limited to 9 students. During the summer classes are in 2 weeks blocks. The rest of the year classes are in 6 or 4 weeks blocks.

How much does a class or one to one yoga session cost?
Classes cost E10 and are payable in advance on the day of registration for the full block of classes. If a class is not fully subscribed drop ins may be possible at E12. A one to one, hour long yoga session is E50 or half an hour for E30 by appointment only.

I have a question that hasn’t been covered here.
Please email or phone me with your question and I’ll be in touch with an answer as soon as I can.