Welcome to Ana Fra SHIATSU webpage
What is Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on japanese healing therapy. It is deeply
relaxing and regular shiatsu helps to prevent the build up of stress on our
The philosophy underlining shiatsu is that vital energy (ki) flows through
the body in a series of channels called meridians. For different reasons Ki
can stop flowing freely and this then produces a symptom.
As the quality of ki changes the symptoms will gradually improve. Shiatsu is
a therapy that works on the individual as a complete being. Not just on the
body but also on an emotional and mental levels.
The University of Leeds published a study in 2007 about the effects and experience of Shiatsu across Austria, Spain and UK. Here are some findings:
1- What the clients hoped to get from having Shiatsu treatment was: relaxation, stress reduction, relief from physical symptoms, emotional help and support, enhanced awareness of mind and body.
2- A statistically significant reduction in symptoms severity was found for all of the symptom groups from baseline to 3 & 6 months follow up. The greatest reduction was for tension and stress followed by problems with muscles, joints or body structure, including back pain and posture.
3- Across countries clients overwhelmingly agreed with the statement that Shiatsu has been effective in treating symptoms.
4- They were also very positive about their relationship with their practitioner.
What to expect in a session
Each session last approx 1 hour. On the first session I may take a case history according to the principles of Traditional chinesemedicine. The client stays fully clothed. I will use a variety oftechniques to improve your energy flow. Gentle holding, pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, kness and feet on the meridians and rotations and streteches can all be used. Following a treatment, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed..
Guidelines for receiving shiatsu
Please bring or wear loose comfortable clothing, preferably cotton.
Do not eat heavily 2 hours prior to treatment.
Do not drink alcohol before or after treatment
After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the flow of changes
Avoid if possible strenuos or stressful activites after your session
Common conditions which have been helped by shiatsu
Joint pain, reduced mobility
Benefits of shiatsu
It relaxes mind and body
It restores energy
Iit eases tension and stiffness
It improves breathing and posture
It improves circulation
It enhances well being
About Anna Fra
I am a fully qualified and insured Shiatsu Therapist. I have been practising shiatsu
since 2000 following 3 years of training at the European Shiatsu school in
London. I also hold a degree in Psychology by the University of Salamanca in
I started working on a voluntary basis at the Stress Project in Islington
with clients with anxiety and depression referred from the NHS. I currently work for the charities Equinoxcare and Addaction and the Community Resettlement Project. I help clients going through detoxification from substance abuse and clients with long term mental health.
Over the years I have developed my own way of doing Shiatsu. It combines the Zen approach of hara and meridian diagnosis and the principles of Chinese Medicine.
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