SHIATSU

Relaxing, Releasing, Invigorating

Tomoko

Tomoko holds a Diploma in Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies from Australian Shiatsu college, Melbourne (2002), is a highly experienced Shiatsu Therapist of over 15 years.

    Born in Miyazaki, Japan. Growing up with the traditional to give Kata Tatami (shoulder massage) and Ashi Fumi (foot massage) to elders in her family. It was a natural way to take care and show respect.


・Qualified practitioner in Oriental Therapies and Shiatsu since 2002

・Graduated from Australian Shiatsu College in Melbourne

・Insured member of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia


tomoko's Shiatsu

The session will involve work on the whole body with a strong element of intuition. 

Treatment plans are designed specifically for each individual client as well as what the client is experiencing in the moment. Assessing the client's needs in the moment in many ways by listening, observing, palpating, and asking questions.

Applying pressure gentle or firm as your body requires- using fingers, palms, elbows, knees, and bare-feet.

    Cupping, Japanese Moxibustion and Gua Sha (scraping) can also be incorporated if required. This may require you to remove your clothing in order to access the skin on your back, abdomen or legs.

 During a treatment the body can ease and soften- tightness and pain in muscles are released, meridians (energy channels) open up and stagnated Ki (energy) can disperse. This allows meridians to improve the flow of Ki and realigns the fascia.

Certain pressure points may feel tender, which clients describe as "good pain".


what is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a traditional physical therapy which originated in Japan.

The word 'shiatsu' means “finger (shi), pressure (atsu).”

Shiatsu uses the same theories, assessment tools, and point locations as acupuncture but without the use of needles.

The therapist uses fingers, palms, knees and elbows on the acupuncture points, the meridians are channels of the body that support and strengthen the body's natural ability to heal and balance itself.

It works on the whole person- not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, and spiritual aspects of being.

   The cumulative effects of treatments are beneficial when there is a chronic condition and helps to strengthen the immune system and tonify organs, and keep the body’s energy and blood flowing smoothly. However, Shiatsu is most effective when used preventively.

Benefits of shiatsuI

・Increases strength and vitality・Relieves headaches・Eases muscular and joint pain and tension・Promotes heightened   quality of sleep for insomnia or sleep difficulties・Reduces symptoms of stress・Increases circulation in the body・Opens   sinus congestion, relieves cold & flu symptoms・Harmonises digestive imbalances・Calms the nervous system・Leaves you with a deep sense of well-being.

 For a shiatsu treatment it is best to wear loose fitting clothes, and remove jewellery . Do not eat a full meal in advance and make sure that there is time for relaxation afterwards. 


Cupping

Increases the blood flow, loosens the fascia or connective tissue, and is thought to stimulate healing. It's similar to the way deep tissue massagecan be used to break up and reduce pain. The cups are often placed on the back, neck, shoulders.

Cupping may cause temporary bruising and soreness, depending upon the degree of suction created by the vacuum and the level of internal stagnation and heat. Cupping techniques include static and sliding. 

moxibustion

 Japanese dried mugwort is wrapped with washi (Japanese paper) burned on acupuncture points to stimulate the flow Ki (energy) in the body.

Applies gentle heat without direct contact of Moxibustion (moxa) with skin.

It pleasantly warms tissues, relaxes muscles, relieves pain and promotes healthy tissue repair. For pain in the joints, ligaments, tendons and muscles, moxibustion is deeply penetrating and comforting.

Gua sha

“Gua”- scrape or rub. “Sha”-  reddish. Gua Sha stroking is applied to the upper back and shoulders. 

Sha works along meridians, moves stagnanted ki and blood, releases the exterior mimicking sweating, and moves fluids.

Gua sha can stimulate blood flow and remove coldness, negative energy, toxic-heat and lymphatic fluid from the body through the skin. Gua Sha can often relieve aches & pain instantly. 

MOXA PEN

A thin stainless steel device with a stick of moxa inside it. Stroked over an area or pressed on an acupuncture point to stimulate the flow of Ki in the body. 

Moxibustion & Moxa Pen: Relaxes tight muscles, stimulates blood flow and internal organs, strengthens the immune system and weakness in joints, muscles, organs, calms and relaxes the nervous system, treats chronic, long term problems, warms cold areas of the body.