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Shiatsu

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The Japanese word ‘shiatsu’ can be split into two parts: ‘shi’ meaning finger and ‘atsu’ meaning pressure. But when Shiatsu is used as a treatment, it’s more about touch and gentle manipulation techniques, to enhance the physical and psychological wellbeing and flow of energy.
Bad posture and nutrition; too much reliance on alcohol or drugs for our feel-good factor; stress; lack of deep, quality sleep. These are just a few of the negative strands that become woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. And often we don’t even notice until our energy levels have become low; our sleep patterns no longer leave us feeling rested; our mental wellbeing feels balanced on a knife-edge, with mood swings all too common.
We need to connect with something deeper. It’s not an accident that massage, herbal treatments and diagnostic philosophies have been practised in the Far East for centuries. It takes years to train as a shiatsu practitioner; it’s a discipline that diagnoses the disharmonies in the body’s energies and then proceeds to correct them. This requires a sensitivity and an ability to listen, as well as making an informed decision on the therapies needed in each individual case.
Sarah has been a member of the Shiatsu Society for the past 10 years and has the MRSS initials after her name. As a woman whose main inspiration over the past 12 years has been the principles behind Tai Chi and Qi Gong, she incorporates the Yin Yang orthodoxy into all her treatments.
A European Shiatsu report in 2007 showed that clients receiving regular sessions of Shiatsu not only felt more relaxed, calm and better able to cope but they had much-reduced stress levels. Within the same report clients responded that they had a deep and trustworthy bond with their practitioner. This doesn’t happen overnight.

Shiatsu in Pregnancy:

Pregnancy is a time of upheaval, both for the body and the mind. It can be a roller-coaster of emotions, a bombardment of fluctuating hormones that leave you feeling exhausted one minute and exhilerated the next. Women need to achieve a balance, a centre of calm for themselves and their growing babies. This is what lays down the foundations for a deep bond after the birth.
If there is one area that Sarah regards as her speciality, it’s the use of Shiatsu for pregnant mothers. This is the peaches and cream treatment…lots of soft cushions for support, facial massage and with the use of reflexology, foot massage to ease tension and swelling in the ankles, a reduction of pressure in the mid and lower back. This in turn leads to a deep sense of tranquility and well-being.
Sarah’s toolkit of treatments can be tailored to suit the individual but the end result will be an enhanced sense of being at one with your body and your baby.

Shiatsu Facials:

These are a real treat for men and women of all ages. Sarah uses a mixture of techniques to protect the skin from the negative effects of ageing. Oils and creams can be used but are not essential. Using acupressure and working line by line, wrinkle by wrinkle, along with scalp massage, this is a treatment that, like reflexology, works the whole body and leaves the receiver feeling de-stressed and with a renewed, more youthful energy.

Shiatsu for Stress:

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It’s unclear when it started, this acceptance of stress as part of our daily lives. Certainly in the last thirty years, we’ve become more tied to our desks, more pushed to achieve targets in the workplace, more likely to snatch a sandwich for lunch while doing something else, less likely to take a walk outside during a break, (that’s assuming we have one), and also less likely to spend meaningful time with those we care about.
Where does this leave us? Quite likely with the all-too-familiar knots of tension in the shoulders and neck, aches and pains in areas that used to be fluid, a mind that won’t shut down when the lights go out at night and the constant worry about all the things that should or ought to have been done. This in itself drains an enormous amout of vital energy. Most of us fire on only 50% of our potential, some even less. Would it not be better to channel and increase that energy to benefit ourselves rather than accepting it draining away?.
Following treatments for stress through Shiatsu, clients have reported feeling a deep sense of calm but with an invigorated sense that so much more is possible. Problems which have appeared insurmountable, have shrunk to a place where they are easier to deal with. Muscular aches, exacerbated by stress, have eased and the flow of energy moves forward again. And more importantly, it’s on the rise. Essentially, the Shiatsu enables the client to view things in perspective, from a strong position.

Testimonial

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“ Receiving a Shiatsu from Sarah Aubergé is a really relaxing and beneficial experience - she has a really earthy, confident touch yet also has a great awareness of energy and subtlety. I arrive at her clinic frazzled and emerge reconnected to the earth and myself! Highly recommended! ”

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SARAH McALLISTER FSSA (Feng Shui Society Accredited) ,
Director & Lead Consultant Feng Shui Agency Limited .

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“I have been suffering for years of migraines, taking loads of aspirin, paracetamol, triptan and all sorts of drugs with various effects on the pain and no effect on the frequency of the migraines. Migraine sufferers know that many reasons can trigger a crisis: stress, tiredness, alcohol, certain type of food chocolate, unpasteurised cheese, heat… But who can pretend not to face all those conditions today?
Friends recommended me to meet Sarah Aubergé, a shiatsu practitioner . At first, we discussed my health condition and Sarah assessed my body response to massage, relaxation. To me, it was a total new experience; receiving shiatsu massage put me in a different approach to my body and mind. I did not expect my migraine condition to stop immediately.
I even thought: 'If nothing else, it certainly makes a relaxing break in my stressful life,' After a couple of sessions I discovered my migraine crises were much less frequent and should I have one it does not last long and is much less painful. Sarah's shiatsu massage has helped me to live my life in a much more serene way. ”

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BENEDICTE IDOUX ,
French teacher

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“I had suffered from Repetitive Strain Injury for years when I first tried a shiatsu treatment. I felt so much relief after the first treatment from Sarah Aubergé that I immediately booked a course of six treatments! It is such a blessing to have the RSI under control at last thanks to shiatsu. ”

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LIAM GALVIN ,
DVD producer/director

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