I am about to travel down to Mexico to teach another course in shiatsu therapy to Mexican massage therapists despite my Spanish being diabolically awful. Somehow my teaching seems to work and I find my students like sponges for information and detail. In advance, I ask myself what knowledge is it that I wish to impart and, in preparation, reach for some of my old textbooks. In reading them, I find myself reminded of why shiatsu is so effective. That is why I often incorporate this into my treatment protocols along with massage therapy.
In their book Zen Shiatsu by Shizuto Masunaga and Wataru Ohashi, they talk about western medicine being unable to treat specific diseases unless the malady is clearly diagnosed. Masunaga goes on to talk about people being “half healthy.” Shiatsu can be highly effective in helping restore the body to full health and wellbeing. It’s like taking your car for maintenance - especially important as we approach the beginning of Spring and come out of hibernation. Likewise, for our bodies, we don’t just jump into the new season without some preparation.
Often when I work with a new client they might specify on their patient history intake form that they have no specific area of concern. When I apply sometimes even gentle pressure, they may feel a modicum of discomfort. Masunaga says “that discomfort produced by external stimulation in the form of pressure can make us aware of our natural self-healing power.” The body has an excellent ability to restore itself if we look after it. That slight discomfort is like pinpointing a problem that the client may not have originally been aware of. The body cannot release what it doesn’t know needs releasing.
Exercise and diet are important for any program of wellbeing, but here is an important consideration to do with harmony in one’s life. To benefit from a balanced diet, one’s food intake should be in a peaceful environment in order to help with digestion. “The way we eat and digest our food is influenced greatly by our social environment.”
My advice is to try to make our mealtimes a mindful ritual and celebration of life rather than a physical necessity.
Spring is a time for planting. It’s a time of growth. This applies not only to our garden but to other aspects of our life. So, as my students prepare to learn, this is the best time to plant those seeds. I will hope to see you when I get back on March 9th so that I can help you prepare for good and vibrant health in the months ahead.
Meanwhile, my on line booking system for my treatments is now working effectively and you can get an instant confirmation of your appointment. It is at the top left corner of my website.