The shiatsu therapist uses her own bodyweight to stimulate the ki through stretches, rotations and pressure with her palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows and knees. Shiatsu treatments are received fully clothed, lying on a futon. Sessions last for about an hour. It is best to avoid having a heavy meal just before or after a session, not to drink any alcohol and to wear loose, comfortable clothing. Treatments are tailored to the individual and will be different for each clients and each session.
At the first consultation a detailed case history will be taken and client and therapist together will decide on the primary objective of the treatment. The first session will therefore take approximately 90 minutes. After a Shiatsu treatment the client will often feel relaxed; it is therefore advisable to take some time off after the session to fully benefit from the session. The frequency is dependent on the nature of the ailment and will be decided on in consultation.
Most health insurance companies reimburse shiatsu as part of an additional insurance. Please fist check with your insurance company whether this is applicable in your situation. For more information go to www.shiatsuvereniging.nl.