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Blog – Gentle Touch Shiatsu

Shiatsu offers very gentle and effective forms of treatment for babies and children and they are very responsive to these. The treatment itself  may include gentle tapping or friction, gentle stroking along the developing meridians and touch, some stretching and movement and stimulation of acupuncture points.

To achieve the best possible response the child is being diagnosed first using traditional methods such as looking at the tongue and pulse. These give a very good indication of what is causing presenting problems. However as kids are still in developmental stage there is more to be taken to consideration. In Shiatsu it is said that females and males develop at different rates. Females develop in cycles of 7 years and males in cycles of 8 years. This must be taken into consideration as specific development milestone take place at different ages. Shiatsu also recognises 5 constitutional types which are water, wood, fire, earth and metal. These play a significant role not only for the treatment itself but also in what approach to take with each individual child.

Children respond very well to Shiatsu treatments and generally one can see improvements of presenting symptoms after a few sessions. However if there is little or no success in treatment of disease or the problems are reoccuring then it is very important to treat the mother as well. Once the mother gets better the child also regains its health back. The explanation behind this is that the connection between a child and its mother is very strong. Children are natural emphats and are very open to the energy of both parents, but the connection with the mother is much stronger.

So what common issues do we treat?

  • Digestive problems
  • Poor appetite
  • Common cold and flu
  • Respiratory issues such as asthma and frequent infections
  • Ear infections and ear pain
  • Reflux
  • Bed wetting
  • Night terrors
  • Growth and/or developmental delays
  • Restlessness
  • Behavioural problems such as hyperactivity or ADHD
  • Reduced immune function

 

We are in the middle of the summer and what a scorcher it is.

Summer represents the outward expression of energy – expansion, movements, activity,…

Life and energies are at their peak – days are the longest, sun in the hottest and nature is most active. And so are we. Full of energy and our’s body qi (energy) and vitality are at their peak.

Summer is ruled by fire and in TCM it is the season associated with heart and small intestine meridian.

And if the fire element is well balanced we have the ability to see the connection between things and we also can understand our place in the world clearly. We are able to feel love and compassion for others and for self. We go about our daily activities with joy, passion and laughter.

On the other hand, if fire is out of balance we will feel disconnected and isolated. The emotion of this element is joy. But when out of balance we may lack joy which can manifest in anxiety or depression. Also we can have an excess of joy when we could feel a bit manic or obsessive.

Emotionally, because heart is connected to our spirit, summer gives us an opportunity to heal emotional wounds that we have carried from the past. This gives us space to find love, joy and happiness. To live in the moment. Not dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Just right here right now.

So take a brake. Enjoy yourself, spend some time with your family and friends and find the joy in your life again.

Some tips for hot summer days:

  • drink plenty of fluids,
  • wake up early in the morning.
  • enjoy going to bed later in the evening,
  • rest at midday,
  • keep calm as anger contributes to heat and we have plenty of it during this season.

As mentioned above, summer is the season of maximum yang, and we need to stay hydrated and cool. There are many foods that are beneficial to eat during this season. Look for cool yin foods that are moistening to balance the heat. Indulge in salads which are full of raw vegetables. And add some pungent flavours and avoid the bitter ones.

Here are some foods beneficial to eat on hot summer day:

  • apricots,
  • asparagus,
  • bamboo,
  • bean sprouts,
  • bok choy,
  • broccoli,
  • cantaloupe,
  • chinese cabbage,
  • cilantro,
  • corn (go for the organic),
  • cucumber,
  • dandelion,
  • dill,
  • duck,
  • endive,
  • fish,
  • gamasio,
  • green nori,
  • job’s tears,
  • lemon,
  • lime,
  • lotus root & seed,
  • mint,
  • mung beans,
  • nectarine,
  • orange,
  • parsley,
  • peach,
  • polenta,
  • seaweeds,
  • snow peas,
  • spinach,
  • sprouts, strawberries, summer squash,
  • tomatoes,
  • watercress,
  • watermelon,
  • wax gourd, white mushrooms.

The cooking methods are dry roasting, toasting, steaming and boiling for short period of time. Cop your veggies into fine small pieces for quicker cooking. Ad some fresh fruits as they have cooling effects.

The idea behind TCM is in prevention of disease. And food is medicine. We can use its healing properties to build up body that is weak, clean it of toxins and release where it is in excess.

In the beginning maybe start living according to the season and start going forward to stay healthy, to have strong mind and spirit and live long, happy healthy life full of love..

Why Shiatsu?

January 4, 2017

Shiatsu is one of many “massage” therapies that come from the “east” and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. In translation it simply means finger-pressure and falls under the category of “acupressure”. The therapist stimulates the acupuncture points by using hands, thumbs, elbows, forearms and different parts of the body.

So how is Shiatsu so different from other acupressure techniques?

Firstly, it has a very refined system of abdominal diagnosis. Together with the use of other diagnostic systems it is used to find and correct  imbalances in the body.

Second, among the stimulation of acupuncture points it also utilizes different varieties of stretches and breathing techniques to achieve most desirable results.