26 Aug Zenthai Shiatsu – Rhythm and Flow
In her own words, therapist Jaime-Lee Hind describes her unique approach to Zenthai Shiatsu
“It felt like I was being held in water…”
This may be a strange thing to hear from someone who has just had a massage on a shiatsu mat,
but it’s something I’ve heard from clients receiving a ZenThai Shiatsu treatment from me, more than
One of the reasons for this is, in a ZenThai treatment, I ‘hammock’ your body on my body quite
regularly… which not only provides opening and immense relief to joints, it gives the body a sense of
being carried and deeply held. While being held like this, I introduce movement and stretching in a
fluid rhythm, which can support regulation of the nervous system, providing a quality of relaxation
that most of us rarely experience in our busy lives.
Another reason is that I am also a practitioner of Aquatic Bodywork. In the summer months I float
and dance people around in warm water, supporting profound inner quiet, increased mobility and
reduction in pain.
Zenthai, Watsu & Aquatic Bodywork
Interestingly, the lineage of these two modalities have some common roots. My teacher, Gwynn
Williams, was a Zen Shiatsu therapist initially, then combined Thai massage and his explorations with
Osteopaths to develop ZenThai Shiatsu. Aquatic Bodywork is one name in many that have sprouted
for people providing bodywork in the water, but as far as I understand, a common original
inspiration for this was Watsu, created by Harold Dull, who was first a Zen Shiatsu practitioner.
Fluidity is my language
Fluidity is my language in water and on land, and I’m so glad to bring this sense of movement and
rhythm into a nurturing practice on the mat here in Cooroy at Maple St Acupuncture Clinic. In the
winter here, my mat is heated, which makes the experience so much more nourishing.
If you haven’t yet tried it… I encourage you to come and get on my mat. It’s incredibly unique.
See you soon… Jaime-Lee Hind
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