Shiatsu is a Japanese pressure point therapy, originating from an ancient Chinese healing art. Shiatsu literally means "finger pressure". We work with the thumbs, hands and elbows to free up the energy flow in the body. Based on the same principles as acupuncture, Shiatsu promotes the natural energy and self-healing ability of the body.
In Shiatsu, we take a holistic view and not only look at symptoms but also the causes of these. We look at the whole of the person, their way of life, diet, mood, and physical posture. Shiatsu is a subtle way inwards, and helps one find a good balance between body and mind.
The human being within their surrounding is central in the traditional Eastern healing arts. The focus is not on the disease, but rather on life energy. The human being is a manifestation of this life energy, called Qi. The connection between body and mind is the the root of this understanding. To promote health and well-being, we strive for a freely flowing and harmonious stream of Qi in the body.
Qi streams within a network of meridians (energy paths) through our whole body, and connects everything. If the Qi-stream is disturbed for prolonged periods of time and stagnates, physical complaints and finally disease may arise. Shiatsu provides deep relaxation and lifts obstructions to allow the free flow of Qi and promote blood circulation.
Shiatsu is a physical therapy that can have a positive effect on a large range of symptoms. By regulating the energy flow in the body, the treatment will improve the balance in your energy system with a vitalizing effect. Shaitsu is relaxing and strengthens your healthy resistance and physical awareness. By activating the natural powers of the body, shiatsu also increases the body and mind's self-healing abilities.
Shiatsu can help with a range of complaints and symptoms, such as:
Shiatsu is discouraged when suffering from fever, viral infection, cancer, or after recent surgery. Shiatsu is not a replacement for regular Western medicine. However, shiatsu is known to offer complementary benefits to regular Western medicine.
Touch through energy points is a powerful means to help women come into contact with their body wisdom before, during, and after pregnancy and birth. Shiatsu helps mother and child on the way towards a beautiful and natural birth.
Shiatsu is a safe and relaxing way to:
It is possible to include the partner in a session. There are practical techniques and positions that can be learned to prepare you both for the birth. During labour, the partner can provide additional support and alleviate possible pain.
The postnatal period is, like the first trimester of pregancy, a time during which the mother experiences many physical and mental changes. Additional support is therefore important. Shiatsu can speed up the mother's recovery and help her find and retrieve her energy.
With the help of the thumbs, palms of the hands, and elbows, and by using the weight of the body, pressure is exerted on the meridians (energy paths) of the body. In that way, life energy, called Qi, is spread, stimulated, and induced to move. The natural state of the Qi-stream is restored and balanced as far as possible. In addition, energy blockages are reduced through stretching and mobilizing the ligaments, .
A few points of note:
Margot Rood is a registered Iokai Shiatsu therapist. She completed four years education in Iokai Shiatsu at the Amsterdam School for Iokai Shiatsu, followed by two years education in the principles of Western medicine. She continues to develop her knowledge and skills through additional education in her profession, for instance at Well Mother, run by Suzanne Yates in Bristol, England. In this training Margot specialises in women's health and pregnancy.
Shaitsu combines many of her personal interests. For Margot, shiatsu means a meditative form of working in silence, to focus all attention on contact with another.
Margot is a member of the Association of Iokai Shiatsu Therapists (Vereniging voor Iokai Shiatsutherapeuten, VIS), registered at the Register of Practitioners of Complementary Care (Register Beroepsbeoefenaren Complementaire Zorg, RBCZ) and overseen by the disciplinary committee of the Disciplinary Law Complementary Care (Tuchtrecht Complementaire Zorg, TCZ).
A Shiatsu treatment lasts about 60 minuten en costs € 65,- (inclusive of BTW). The initial appointment includes a diagnostic intake.
Please give at least 24 hours notice in case you need to reschedule or cancel an appointment. Unfortunately, cancellations within 24 hours of the appointment will be charged at the usual rate.
Treatment by a registered Iokai Shiatsu therapist is (partly) reimbursed by most health insurers through their complementary insurances. For peace of mind, please check your policy or contact your insurance company.
On their website, the Association of Iokai Shiatsu Therapists has an up-to-date list of health insurers which offer reimbursement for Iokai Shaitu.