Shiatsu and Reiki are holistic therapies, meaning that they address the individual as a whole. They can impact the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual aspects of the being by helping remove blocked energy and by restoring balance.
Both techniques are non-intrusive (the receiver remains fully clothed) and suitable for all kinds of conditions. If you have a particular question or concern, please feel free to contact me.
Shiatsu is a Japanese body therapy, taking its roots in traditional Chinese medicine. The practitioner uses pressure, touch and manipulation in order to help the “Qi” (life force of the individual) to freely circulate in the body. Ultimately, it supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself.
Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a futon, with the receiver laying down. It can also be given on a chair or on a massage couch.
Some benefits of shiatsu include:
- balancing the nervous system
- relaxation and stress relief
- stimulating the immune system
- helping with musculoskeletal conditions (muscular stiffness, aches and pains, sprains, etc.)
- helping the organs work effectively (digestion, circulation, etc.)
- relief for chronic conditions (migraine, insomnia, fatigue, etc.)
Reiki is a Japanese method of energy healing. It consists in receiving and passing on guided life force, primarily through the hands. It is a form of energetic nourishment that promotes good health and wellbeing.
It can help to:
- relieve stress and pain
- promote deep relaxation and better sleep
- increase personal energy, vitality and confidence
- release emotional blockages
- promote a healthy mind-body connection
- support one’s personal and spiritual growth
- uplift the mood and provide inner peace
- give a tangible connection with the source of all life
How to choose between Reiki and Shiatsu?
Both techniques are designed to support your healing abilities and promote your highest good. However their modalities are different.
With shiatsu we work very much through the body. This means that the receiver is more likely to get a sense of grounding and connection to their body after the session.
On the other hand, because it is essentially energy-based and involves little to no physical contact, Reiki is more likely to result in an elevating experience, sometimes described by the receivers as a ‘feeling of spiritual connection’.
Of course, you can try both techniques and alternate them if you wish. In the end, there is no better treatment than the one you are feeling attracted to, at this particular moment.