13 Sep The Lowdown on ZenThai Shiatsu Massage
ZenThai Shiatsu massage is a unique form of body work that has been inspired and adapted from various other modalities. It is versatile, powerful and wow.
ZenThai aims to intentionally move chi/qi in the body. This boosts blood supply to the nerves, and therefore to the entire system. Stagnation manifests as both physical ailments & emotional blockages, which are one and the same. As above, so below. As within, so without. No head-space goes unnoticed in the realm of the body! For that reason, a flowing & flushing system is a vital one. Movement is a good place to start. And what better way than to relax into your body while someone does yoga for you?
Let’s have a closer look at the concepts underflowing ZenThai Shiatsu.
Japanese Zen Shiatsu massage
Meaning ‘finger pressure’, shiatsu aims to mobilise & manipulate the body through assisted stretching. Consequently it involves the use of applying pressure through hands & feet to the skin, as well as leaning one’s body weight against key channels. Furthermore, the ‘Zen’ of Zen Shiatsu comes from the continual touch between giver and receiver, with two hands placed on the body at all times. Above all, the giver is very aware of the nature of their touch; gentle, firm, and always with love, nurture and presence. Zen Shiatsu is sometimes called ‘the spirit of touch’.
Thai massage is a great way to release muscular & energetic tension. It’s a very movement based therapy. Thai massage incorporates acupressure points, assisted yoga postures, and is given on the floor on a mat with lots of body contact between the giver & receiver.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) energetic concepts
Shiatsu massage is actually based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) concepts of the body. Therefore, it has an understanding of organ meridians and acupressure points. A ZenThai Shiatsu practitioner may examine the receiver through palpation and pulse diagnosis, incorporating moxibustion cupping and diet/lifestyle advice into the treatment.
This includes techniques focused on joint mobilisation, craniosacral techniques, connective tissue patterns and fascia unwinding.
All in all this makes ZenThai Shiatsu a dynamite of a therapy. You can book in with our brilliant practitioner Jaime-Lee to experience this miracle.