My name is Maria Exposito, I am a Shiatsu Therapist and a Tai chi Instructor passionate about Traditional Chinese medicine and Eastern philosophy. What draws me most strongly towards it, is the more holistic, personalised, compassionate and caring approach to health that their model has to offer compared to the western one.
The Eastern medical tradition is based on prevention of illness by seeking a communion with nature in the understanding that the closer our lives run in harmony with the rhythms and laws of nature, the easier it is to stay healthy.
I practice Shiatsu because I believe that it is our right to be healthy and that health is much more than just the absence of disease. Health is an overall state of wellbeing and emotional balance we all should endeavour to achieve if we wanted to live a happy and fulfilling life.
Who doesn’t want that? You may ask. I guess the answer is we all do but the difficulty is that finding this balance by ourselves is neither simple nor easy. That is where I believe the place of Shiatsu and therefore my place as a practitioner is; to provide the needed support and guidance in your own process towards health recovery and I assure you, I will be happily doing so anytime you knock at my door.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a unique form of body work originated in Japan using the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine as its theoretical base.
It is a very safe, non-invasive manual therapy that uses stretches, joint mobilisations and acupressure techniques to promote physical and emotional wellbeing and regain health by working with the body’s own resources.
Some have described it as acupuncture without the needles as we use the same channels and points to deeply connect with the energy of the body. Others have called it the Japanese Physiotherapy as historically Shiatsu has been used for martial arts and sports injuries quite effectively. In fact, it was used by the Olympic Japanese National team to prevent and manage injuries of its members.
Shiatsu is a profoundly relaxing experience that has been proven beneficial for treating many different conditions of the body, mind and spirit.
The form of Shiatsu I practice is called Zen Shiatsu which was developed by Shizuto Masunaga in the last century and puts a very strong emphasis on the practitioners self development work to increase their sensitivity to the Qi, our life force, in the body.
Who can benefit from Shiatsu?
Anyone and everyone can benefit from Shiatsu: stressed, overworked, tired and anxious people. People suffering from headaches, back pain, joint problems. Shiatsu is for women, men, children, babies, the elderly, sportsmen before or after the effort, insomniacs…The list is long but in short, it is for all those who wish to take charge of their health and well-being.
What to expect in a Shiatsu session?
The treatment is traditionally performed fully dressed in comfortable, loose and light clothes (preferably cotton) on a futon on the floor without the use of any oils, creams or herbs. Alternatively, if there is mobility restrictions it can be performed on a massage table or an ergonomic chair.
The session normally lasts about an hour. The first appointment will take a bit of extra time to include the consultation needed to build your health history and get to know you a bit better in order to assess what your specific needs are.
Above all a Shiatsu session is a time for yourself where you can safely relax, connect, allow healing to take place and enjoy
What can Shiatsu help you with?
Shiatsu is a gentle therapy at the service of health and well-being for you to attain a more balanced life and can easily and safely work in conjunction with other therapies, conventional or alternative, as it only works with the body’s self healing capacities and therefore has practically no side effects.
Shiatsu does all the following for you:
- Eliminates stress
- Dissipates anxiety
- Provides wellbeing
- Alleviates tension and pain
- Increases levels of energy and concentration
- Harmonises body and spirit
- Gives the body access to self regulation and healing.
Many different conditions can be helped and/or treated with Shiatsu:
- Musculoskeletal Pain (Neck, shoulders, back, joints)
- Circulatory Issues
- Respiratory conditions
- Digestive Disorders
- Gynecological issues (PMS, menstrual problems, endometriosis, PCOS)
- Stress & Anxiety
- Headaches & Migraines
- Fatigue & Chronic pain
- Rheumatoid and Ostheod arthritis
How many sessions do I need?
The number and frequency of sessions required very much depend on the patient’s overall health and nature of their condition. As a general rule a chronic condition deeply settled in the body will take longer to shift than an acute one and consequently will require more regular treatments.
As a general rule I would recommend anybody dealing with a specific condition to start with 6 consecutive treatments on a weekly basis and re-assess from there as the benefits of shiatsu are cumulative and the more the body receives the more efficiently it integrates them allowing for longer periods of time in between sessions.
One Hour Treatment: €60
Prepay 6-Sessions €300 (save €60)