What is Shiatsu?
- Shiatsu is a Japanese form of body work used to aid the relaxation and healing.
- In Japanese Shiatsu means “finger pressure”.
- Treatment involves gentle stretches, rotations and palming along the body.
- Shiatsu follows the same principles as acupuncture, except that manual techniques, rather than needles, are applied to acupuncture points and to the energy channels (meridians) along the body.
- No drugs or oils are used, which makes it a safe therapy to use during pregnancy.
- The massage is undertaken over clothing.
- Shiatsu for pregnancy is suitable to receive after the first trimester.
How Shiatsu can help during the pregnancy?
Helps with the ailments of pregnancy:
- Ease aches and pains, esp. in lower back and legs.
- Helps relax and keeps women calm, comfortable and well.
- Helps with constipations, heartburn and bloating and morning sickness.
- Improve general energy and wellbeing.
- Initiate a close relation with the baby
- Help the women tune in to her individual needs during the pregnancy
- Encourage the women to trust in the process of pregnancy and childbirth
- Is relaxing therapy to perform
- Promotes responsibility of health
Shiatsu for post-natal support:
- Shiatsu can help the body and mind to recover more quickly and support the bonding with your baby
- It can help you deal with issues breastfeeding related issues
- Can help new mom’s energy, health & wellbeing
- Reduce postpartum depression and make it easier to adapt to the new routine.
This is the use of heat (produced by burning Moxa- Mugwort herb) to stimulate acupuncture points. Cigar shaped sticks of dried Moxa is lit and held closely to the skin over specific point. The most common use of this during pregnancy is to turn breech babies from 33/34 weeks onward.
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