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Read about how Shiatsu cured Maria Smith’s back pain. Nothing helped her agony until she tried Shiatsu!

Bending over to pull on my socks I felt a sharp twinge in my back. Ouch!

I winced as pain drove through me – I’d never felt anything as excruciating! Hoping it would go away, I tried to work through the pain, keeping active and taking paracetamol. But after a fortnight I was still in agony. I couldn’t even walk properly. “You need to see a physiotherapist” – my GP said. But even doing the stretches exercises I was given didn’t work. So six months later I went for an MRI scan. And finally “You have two prolapsed discs in your back” the specialist said. He explained that the small discs whose tough outer shell surrounds a jelly-like material inside, cushion the barrier of the spine.

Healthy discs act as shock absorbers for the spine, keeping it flexible. When damaged, they may rupture, as the protective gel leaks out, causing pain. “What can I do to feel better?” I asked desperate. “Not much” the doctor said. He told me the risks of operating were too high. All I could do was continue with physio and take the meds prescribed. Except they didn’t even touch the pain. Over the following seven years I tried everything, from sports massage to acupuncture. Nothing worked. I carried on working at my job as a sales rep, seeing mates. But it was tough.

Then in 2011, I was shopping in town when I spotted a board advertising a shiatsu clinic. I decided to pop in. ‘I’m so sick of the pain’ I told a shiatsu practitioner. As she talked me through the ancient massage technqiue, it sounded promising……..

An hour later as I stood up … ‘I feel amazing’ as a I grinned. Walking to my car I realised I was standing up straight for the first time in years. I wasn’t even hobbling like usual. To ensure the pain stayed away I scheduled sessions every week. After a couple of months I dropped down to fortnightly, then monthly. I’ve since had another MRI scan and everything seems to be ok. The consultant at the hospital was very impressed. …..

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That’s Life Magazine

Shiatsu dramatically reduced Suki’s neck pain and enabled her to reduce her pain killers

Read about Suki Goodier who tried Shiatsu for neck problems after a car crash. After only three Shiatsu treatments Suki’s neck pain was dramatically reduced and she was able to reduce her pain killers.

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Q&A with Film Star Dan Ackroyd

What single thing would improve the quality of your life? 
A shiatsu masseuse on 24-hour retainer.

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BBC Local Nottingham

Anna attempts… Shiatsu

We sent Anna Cookson to experience Shiatsu (a Japanese healing art) with Kulwinder Kaur of the British School of Shiatsu in Nottingham.

Did Kulwinder knock you about a bit?

I was expecting a bit of a bashing, but the whole experience was like Andrex: soft, strong and long. It lasted about 45 minutes, and was exceedingly gentle. Kulwinder used her body weight to move me about, concentrating on the pressure points.

How does it work?
It works a bit like acupuncture, except there are no needles, so it’s just the force she uses that unblocks any clogged up energy in the body. All in all it was a bit of a relief like getting a hot shower when you’ve been threatened with a cold one! The only danger I was in was of falling asleep or dribbling on the futon.

Did it feel like you’ve been wrestling with Hulk Hogan?
Not wrestling, no… I feel all nice and tingly all over.

Ooh err…!
I still feel a bit like I’m floating – how good is that! If shiatsu was a drug they’d probably make it illegal. At points during the treatment it felt like I was being drained inside; everything draining down and towards the floor. I suppose that’s the stress melting away and I suppose that’s why I feel so good now.

It’s meant to be a fun experience, was it?
Oh yeah, no complaints there. And I learned a lot about it: from thinking that a shiatsu was a small dog or a sneeze to knowing all about ‘Ki’ – the flow of energy in the body. Apparently it flows along channels called Meridians, so that’s why I could feel the treatment all over my body when Kulwinder was only pressing part of it. Like, when she was holding my foot I felt a surge right through me – I was impressed with that!
Could you now fit inside a glass bottle like a circus contortionist?
Ah yes, I’m sure I could, probably wouldn’t be able to get out again though. Oh what the hell, bring on the glass bottle and I’ll have a go anyway. Shiatsu is great for flexibility and the general togetherness of the body. The sessions get more rigorous as your body gets used to it. So if I was to go again I’d be jumping in and out of glass bottles like I’d been in the circus all my life.

Will you do it again?
Today? Can I? I’d love to. You’ll have to get me out of this glass bottle though first. I reckon if I could afford to I’d go regularly because it’s so good for your health and well being. People often ignore what’s going on inside them and concentrate on the external stuff, but in many ways this is more important, and it’s mental and emotional as well as physical, so it targets a load of things all at once: three for the price of one as it were. Bargin.

Who should do shiatsu and who shouldn’t?
Everybody should have this done – daily, if possible – the world would be a much nicer place for it. Seriously, whether we’re fit and healthy or not we all store tonnes of stuff in our bodies and this is a great way to have it all drift away. I know stress is fast becoming an umbrella phrase to encompass just about everything (‘oh, it must be stress…) but nevertheless it can’t be ignored and this is a great way to chuck it all out the window and start again.

What’s it good for?
Shiatsu is particularly good if you’ve got: back pain, depression, asthma, migraines, whiplash, joint pain, menstral problems, circulation – I could go on. But more generally it’s not only a great relaxer and tension disperser, but it improves breathing and posture thus making you feel generally better and more like being alive.

Finally, our chimney needs a good clean, are you up for it?

I’m in such a good mood I’d agree to anything right now. Actually, you’re not meant to do anything strenuous or stressful for two hours after a shiatsu, so I think that lets me off the hook! In fact, having a Shiatsu is a bit like chimney sweeping.

What? Really?
It is! by unblocking channels of energy in the body it sweeps away all the dust and charcoal that builds up in the body and leaves you feeling much more clean and sparkly inside! There you go.
Very good…

29th October 2014, BBC Local Nottingham

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How to chillax like SamCam? Try shiatsu, the holistic massage from Japan that heals stress, muscle pain, anxiety… and even menstrual cramps

By Sian Boyle for the Daily Mail
PUBLISHED: 23:40, 21 April 2014 | UPDATED: 14:10, 22 April 2014

Many of us looking to unwind on holiday would be perfectly content lounging by the pool with a book.

But Samantha Cameron has gone for an exotic addition to the more traditional relaxation methods with an obscure Japanese pampering treatment. While on an Easter break with her husband and children in Lanzarote, the Prime Minister’s wife chose to have a holistic ‘shiatsu’ massage – which involves finger pressure, stretching, breathing and rotating for a ‘whole body’ approach to stress-relief.

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The Conway Daily Sun

Shiatsu a respected alternative therapy for veterans and others

Read about Shiatsu Practitioner Eric Balas treating veterans.

I have always felt that our brave men and women who valiantly put their lives on the line by serving in our armed forces deserve our endless gratitude and all the care and support that we can provide. Sadly, many return from their service with severe pain, both physical and mental. Chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as low back, shoulder and neck pain are common complaints. For many who have seen combat, PTSD, as well as anxiety and depression, make day-to-day life almost unbearable.

Many people who experience Shiatsu report greater ease and freedom of movement, less pain and a sense of calm and deep relaxation after the treatment. Recent studies have shown that regular Shiatsu is effective in reducing or eliminating insomnia, migraine, hypertension, digestive problems such as constipation, diarrhea and acid reflux, menstrual irregularities, arthritis and fibromyalgia. It also has great benefits for those dealing with anxiety, depression, PTSD or simply seeking stress management.

Many veterans suffer from chronic pain. This is defined as pain that lasts from three to six months or longer after an injury has taken place. In some cases, pain can continue for years. Living with pain raises stress levels in the body and makes it difficult to sleep. Simple daily tasks can seem like an unimaginable challenge.

Because Shiatsu is able to elicit a deep relaxation response during treatment, it is also wonderful for those with any type of emotional distress such as anxiety, depression and PTSD — all very common conditions among veterans. Shiatsu causes an increase in the production of endorphins, which elevates mood and decreases pain. Also with that, it reduces production of the stress hormones adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol.

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The woman who looks after celebrities’ skin

Shiatsu Practitioner treating celebrities

Can you imagine telling an Oscar-winning actress that her face was sagging? It sounds like the stuff of a peculiar dream. But that’s precisely what London-based facialist Su-Man Hsu did. And the actress? None other than Juliette Binoche, star of films such as Chocolat, The English Patient and The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Su-Man describes the French actress’s arrival for her appointment for a facial treatment like this: “She came… and I said, ‘What’s happened to you? Stagnating body, sagging, sagging.'” Unsurprisingly, perhaps, Ms Binoche didn’t speak to Su-Man for the whole of the session. “I thought, ‘OK then, it’s got to be something I said, I’ll just move on and forget about it,'” Su-Man recalls.

But the story doesn’t end there. A year later her phone rang and on the other end was Juliette Binoche, in London for work, asking Su-Man to come and see her. Su-Man recalls that Ms Binoche reminded her of what she’d said and quite how badly it had gone down. “I said, ‘Why did you call me then?’ She said because she tried it in France, she tried everywhere and no-one [was] like me. And from then on we became best friends, we’re still in contact with each other and I became her facialist.” It was a turning point for Su-Man. She says that on the strength of Ms Binoche’s recommendations her business took off. Other celebrity fans include the actresses Anne Hathaway and Freida Pinto.

Su-Man was already well-versed in Shiatsu massage techniques, having used them to help her recuperate after an accident at the age of 20. So when she came to set up Su-Man Skincare she developed treatments that combined massage with her own serums and toning products. To start with she made those in her kitchen and tried them out on herself and her clients. Su-Man explains that her technique combines nature and science and is a mix of Eastern skincare, based on prevention of problems, and Western science, which corrects them. If you spend just five minutes extra on your face, she promises, it will repay you by looking younger and happier.

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Naturally Good Health Magazine

Read about Shiatsu Practitioner Helena O’Loughlin’s journey to Shiatsu and Ruth Scott’s recommendation who had her first Shiatsu treatment and walked out feeling so relaxed she felt like she’d ‘had a good night’s sleep’.

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Shiatsu – What Exactly Is It and Why Is It Good For You?

Huffington Post

……..I had discovered Shiatsu some years before and since that time, Shiatsu has been a mainstay of my life and, decades later, I attribute my health and wellbeing to both Shiatsu’s therapeutic and preventive health benefits.

……..  Shiatsu is used for the alleviation of symptoms and the stimulation of the natural healing tendency of the body in situations as diverse as easing the effects of chemotherapy for cancer patients, stimulating cognitive function in Alzheimer’s patients and successfully generating response in autistic children.

Antigoni is encouraged by the growing number of open-minded physicians willing to confer with natural therapists for optimum patient experience. With the agreement, timing and permission of the attending surgeon, she worked with one client before and after open-heart surgery to ease the stresses of surgery and speed recovery. Shiatsu supports the body through acute as well as chronic conditions to relieve symptoms and aid in revitalisation.

My own experience during my husband’s lengthy illness was to have open communication with the doctors. The result was to bring therapists into the hospital and continue treatments at home. Treatments, I might add, for both patient and caregiver to alleviate stress and aid in more active presence during recovery or in my case through the passing of a loved one.

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Vitality Magazine

Shiatsu Therapy Releases Trauma in Body and Mind by Leny Carbone, EST, C.Ac Read about Shiatsu, the history of Shiatsu, and how Shiatsu helped a client with TMJ Pain (Temporomandibular Joint).

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