We have three part-time Shiatsu practitioners working at the Beds & Northants MS Therapy Centre in Bedford.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person, not just the physical body but also with the psychological body, the emotional aspects of being.
Shiatsu originated in Japan from Traditional Chinese Medicine with influences from more recent Western therapies. A practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure, manipulative techniques such as stretches and acupressure points to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance the energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and will help maintain health and well being.
“I have had quite a few sessions of Shiatsu now and can honestly say I feel better. My muscles are less stiff – I do exercises at home as directed by my practitioner and I feel calmer as well. I’ve had quite a lot of stress this year, I also have MS but these treatments have helped me feel more positive about things. My Shiatsu practitioner is a fantastic lady, giving helpful advice when needed; you feel she really understands how you feel and genuinely wants to help.” M.D.
What To Expect From A Shiatsu Session
Each session lasts approximately one hour allowing time to discuss anything relevant before and after the session. Treatment is geared towards the individual; no two sessions need be the same.
Please wear loose comfortable clothing as the therapist will work through the clothing contacting the muscles and bones beneath the surface of skin. It is advisable not to wear jeans, skirts and tight clothing.
Traditionally Shiatsu takes place on a futon on the floor but when this is not possible it is just as powerful when carried out on an electric treatment therapy couch. Couches are comfortable and supportive, and raise and lower the client smoothly . Two couches can be pushed together to provide a suitable area to work around the client similar to working on the floor.
The client may be asked to lay on their back or side, if this is not possible the Shiatsu therapist is trained to work in the most comfortable position for the receiver.
If the client prefers to be seen in a wheel chair, it’s possible for the therapist to move around the receiver and work on areas that are presented. Acupressure points pertaining to many parts of the body are easily accessible on arm, legs, face and back, while the receiver is sitting.
Following each Shiatsu session it is advisable to drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins that have been released into the system and to give yourself some time to relax and feel the benefit of the session.
Shiatsu and MS
The Shiatsu Society has monitored Shiatsu and people who have MS using an NHS approved method (MYMOP and SF36) without exception this showed that Shiatsu was useful for all people who tried it.
There are no particular contra indications for people with MS so treatment is geared to the individual.
Shiatsu offers pain relief and in some cases a reduction in muscle spasm. There is usually an increase in energy levels enabling the receiver to do more for themselves, therefore they benefit from an improvement in quality of life.
“I find that wherever my pain is, in my hips or shoulders or elsewhere, having a Shiatsu session that targets that specific area releases the tension around the painful area, and over the coming days reduces the amount of pain dramatically. I always feel extremely relaxed afterwards. Thank you for all you do for me.
I love my Shiatsu session”. H G.
“I use Shiatsu to help me manage my symptoms of MS to manage my life in a positive way rather than using drugs, it works well for me with my shiatsu practitioner’s help”. J C
“I find Shiatsu so relaxing, it eases pain in sore areas and stress generally.
I wish I could have Shiatsu everyday”. N.D.
About The Shiatsu Therapists
The Shiatsu therapists at the MS Therapy Centre have each got over sixteen years experience of working with Shiatsu and members who have MS. They have completed a three year course in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Anatomy and Physiology and Zen Shiatsu. They liaise with other health care officials and meet regularly with other Shiatsu therapists to exchange and update their knowledge as well as attending other Shiatsu courses with different teachers to gain experience of different techniques.
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The Bedfordshire and Northamptonshire MS Therapy Centre aims to provide the therapies, services & support needed for people with multiple sclerosis.