what is shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of massage developed from an ancient Chinese massage technique. Shiatsu literally means pressure with fingers and it is very much connected with the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is a very relaxing experience done through clothing. The Shiatsu therapist applies pressure all over the body with fingers, palms and elbows and works on energy channels called meridians. These meridians are pretty much the same as the one used by Acupuncturists.
What Shiatsu can help with?
Shiatsu can help with many conditions ranging from stress related symptoms like insomnia, anxiety, muscular tensions, headaches, to digestive problems, menstrual problems, back pains, joint pains, repetitive strain injury and reduced mobility in general. Shiatsu can also help to improve poor circulation, sinus problems, respiratory problems, low resistance to infections, cold limbs, water retention and many other conditions.
Can Shiatsu help you relax?
It certainly can! One of the main characteristics of shiatsu is the steady and relaxing pace of its pressure. During a shiatsu session the pressure is always balanced and the receiver has a very relaxing experience.
When shiatsu is contraindicated?
Shiatsu is generally good for everybody but we take particular precaution in some cases. For example with newly pregnant women (until the third month when the pregnancy is firmly established),
cancer patients or people suffering from acute osteoporosis.
what happens during a shiatsu treatment?
A shiatsu session lasts about an hour. The shiatsu therapist first checks the imbalance of energy in the body and then works on the body in two or three positions. During the session, the therapist
works on specific energy channels (meridians) depending on the problem to be resolved.
how many sessions do I need to take?
A shiatsu session is very beneficial even if it is taken as a stand alone. Obviously, if we are working on a particular problem, a number of sessions would be more beneficial. Everything, of course, depends on the gravity of the problem.
What happens when I visit you?
Upon arranging our first appointment, I will visit you at the agreed time. We will spend 15 minutes going through your health history and we will see what your needs are at the moment. We will start our 1 hour session in which I will treat the full body and the meridians that need my attention. I will bring a futon, pillows and blankets. I will need only a quiet room where I can lay down the futon. After the session I will leave you to enjoy the fruit of my Shiatsu in the comfort of your home.
Goldmundo Shiatsu Therapy - London- Introduction
Why Shiatsu and why goldmundo
I came in contact with massage since young age and I learned some techniques from the masseur that used to treat my father regularly. I discovered since then that I had a very good sensitivity and that I enjoyed helping people to feel better.
Time have passed, I left my life in Italy behind and I moved to Spain, Brazil and Ireland. in 4 years I learned all the languages I wanted to speak since I was a child. I landed in London in 2008 and soon after I decided that Massage would become my job. In the mean time I have tried different types of massage but the one that was more appeailng to me was Shiatsu. I always called it "the polite massage" a treatment that help you to rebalance your body with a calm pace and absolutely blissful pressure. I fell in love then I now I am on a mission of having thousands of people to fall in love with it.
A part from treating my clients, I love teaching Shiatsu to "common" people whom then spend some quality time with their family exchanging Shiatsu.
Goldmundo is a fictional carachter of my favourite book, Narcissus and Goldmund. Goldmundo (in the Spanish translation) leave his monastic life to discover the beauty of the world. It becomes an artist and he learns what life is all about. Which is what I am trying to do myself.