Shiatsu therapy

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Feeling tired, overworked and stressed?
Or maybe suffering from neck or back pain?

Shiatsu therapy might be the short term solution to restore balance in your body , feel grounded and re-energize.

Shiatsu can help alleviate a wide range of ailments such as:

  • Sleeping disorders
  • Stress and burn-out
  • Back, neck and shoulder pain management
    (RSI,Fibromyalgia,Herniated discs,Sciatica,frozen shoulder)
  • digestive disorders
  • Headache and migraines
  • Anxiety
  • Emotional crisis

About shiatsu

Shiatsu therapy is an effective and gentle Japanese manual therapy. Sessions  are given on a futon  to maximize the relaxation and grounding. In addition, a wide range of mobilizations and stretches are applied to facilitate a natural energy flow .

Patients wear comfortable clothes to receive a session which lasts approximately 60 to 75 min.

During your first appointment there will be a short intake about your main complaints , medical history as well as your general well being.

A holistic hands-on approach

Shiatsu therapy looks at the physical complaint of a patient holistically. The supportive touch of shiatsu can help alleviate symptoms of discomfort as well as offer patients the chance to find deep rest.

Furthermore body sensations and emotions are welcomed in a session. Sensations can inform the patient of his own condition, thereby empowering him/her to take responsibility for their own healing process.

How does shiatsu work?

Originally based on traditional Japanese medicine, Shiatsu therapy consists of gentle touch, acupressure , joint mobilization and stretches while using the meridian energy  of the body. This meridian system maps the entire body and reflects the health condition of a patient. A shiatsu practitioner can treat areas of blockage or dysfunctions while supporting the self-healing capacity of the body.

Yin Yang energy

According to traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) , each organs of the body has  a specific energy (yin or yang) which reflects the polarity of the universe. This energy is both active and receptive, nurturing yet dynamic. The energy of Yin and Yang is like a dance of polarity  which balances and finds harmony within  chaos.

The Yin and Yang connect the body through energy channels called meridians. In ancient times, doctors mapped theses regions of the body in a way that reflected the working of the internal organs. This meridian system forms a unique map of the human energy field and is the basis for shiatsu therapy.

Internal Organs

According to Traditional Chinese medicine each organ  is related to a specific meridian channel. In turn, each meridian acts as a messenger of vitality.  Organs can become  deficient or excessive due to unhealthy lifestyle or weak constitution. Such imbalance can affects the inner balance and proper functioning of the body. Over time, we lose the ability to compensate this imbalance and may develop symptoms of chronic illness.

Therefore the art of traditional Chinese medicine is to harmonize the yin and yang aspects of the body and restore balance in its organic function.

Good to know:

Bring comfortable clothing for your session.

Shiatsu treatments are NOT reimbursed by dutch health care insurance. All prices include 21% VAT.

If you have any questions regarding how shiatsu can help you, contact me, i will be happy to assist you.

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Kay Patru is a co-founder and manager of Medicine Body Studio. Kay worked for over 20 years as a professional dancer and movement educator. He is a certified shiatsu and bodywork therapist working in Amsterdam and teaches regularly movement education  workshop programs in Korea and Spain.

Kay studied shiatsu at the Iokai Shiatsu school in Amsterdam under the supervision of Sasaki sensei , a direct disciple of Masunaga sensei (the founder of zen shiatsu).

In addition, Kay studied various forms of body work modalities including deep tissue therapy with M.Dumonceau , therapeutic massage and reiki healing.

He is a long time practitioner of meditation and self – inquiry  and brings his knowledge of movement and the body into his practice. His passion is to help people  feel more present in their bodies and become more conscious of their creative potential and well-being.

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