Cranio Sacral Oxford

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What is Zen Shiatsu?

I will begin your Zen Shiatsu session by ‘tuning into’ your whole energy system using observation (of your auric field) and gentle palpation on your abdomen (energy centre) to see where healing is needed.

I then use my palms, thumbs and elbows to apply gentle pressure, stretches and manipulation to your body, as well as specific points along the meridians (energy channels) to help:

  • Relax and realign the muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue;
  • Re-balance and re-vitalise the energy flow throughout your body;
  • Improve the functioning of the inner organs;
  • Re-establish optimum health and well-being.

The theory behind Intuitive Bodywork/Shiatsu?

Oriental medicine and healing is based on the understanding that, at the subtlest level, everything in the universe is composed of ‘ki’ (or life force energy), including human beings. Our ancestors were intuitively aware of this, but our modern Western culture has all but forgotten. As human beings, our ki is constantly circulating in various ways: one of these is via lines or channels (meridians) that run throughout the body. We also have an energy field (aura) which radiates out from around our physical body.

As a general principle, we remain healthy and in balance when our vital energy is balanced, and runs smoothly and evenly throughout the meridians. However, our ‘ki’ can sometimes become either blocked or deficient when subject to excessive external challenges or internal stress. For example, living in a polluted city or a damp house, eating a diet high in processed, unnatural foods, internal stress or improper breathing can all affect the free flow of our vital energy. When an energetic blockage or imbalance becomes pronounced, the physical body eventually produces a ‘symptom’, such as back pain, headaches, fatigue or constipation. This is the body’s way of signaling that there is an underlying imbalance present.

In order to alleviate the symptom, we need to identify and address the root cause, as well as using some form of energy work (e.g. shiatsu, reiki, acupuncture, yoga, tai chi or qui gong) to rebalance the body’s vital energy.

In Intuitive Bodywork, I focus on balancing the energy in both the meridian system and the auric field so as to help bring about balance to the entire system.

What does an Intuitive Bodywork treatment involve?

The first treatment begins with a short case history, enabling me to get a clearer idea of the areas/issues on which you would like to work.

Treatments are usually carried out with the client lying down on a low treatment couch or futon mattress, wearing loose, comfortable clothing. I will start by observing your energy field and applying gentle touch to various points on your abdomen (or ‘hara’ – our energy centre where all the meridians converge) in order to identify any areas of energetic stagnation or deficiency in the meridians. Next I will use a combination of gentle pressure, stretches, manipulation and more static touch to help induce deep relaxation, rebalance the flow of energy throughout your whole system, and promote a sense of well-being.

Please click here to find out more about the Benefits of Intuitive Bodywork.