EMBODIED THERAPEUTICS OFFERS:
PRIVATE, CUSTOMIZED THERAPEUTIC YOGA SESSIONS
& COMBINED YOGA+SHIATSU SESSIONS
What is shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a profoundly relaxing and restorative form of Asian bodywork. Often referred to as 'acupuncture without needles,' shiatsu addresses the client holistically according to Chinese Medicine, assessing the relationship between all of the systems of the body, as well as your emotional and energetic condition.
Shiatsu usually begins and ends with gentle assessment of the hara (the abdomen), which is the energy center of the body and the home of many vital organs. From there, working in a meditative state and using hands, elbows, knees and/or feet, the practitioner applies varying degrees of compression along the body with focus on specific acupoints and areas of tension, as well as passive stretching of the body and gentle movement of joints through their range of motion.
Shiatsu is received fully clothed, either on a soft mat on the floor or on a treatment table. You may be positioned lying on your back, your stomach, your side, and/or sitting up. Bolsters and cushions are used as needed for your comfort.
Shiatsu is never forceful. Often a light touch is the most effective and felt most deeply through the body, due to the quality and focus of the practitioner's highly trained touch, and the nature of the connections throughout the body in the connective tissue, the nervous system, the circulatory and lymphatic systems, and the energetic meridians.
Shiatsu is very safe and can be customized and utilized to benefit those experiencing a variety of health conditions (see "Who Can Benefit" below). Shiatsu supports your body in enhancing its optimal functioning, so that it can direct its resources to healing from within.
What is therapeutic yoga?
Therapeutic yoga draws from an array of yogic practices to ease the tension of the body, calm the turbulence of the mind and discover a deeper sense of connection in body, mind and spirit. Therapeutic yoga addresses physical, mental, emotional and energetic aspects holistically. One-on-one or private, small group therapeutic yoga sessions provide the opportunity for you to experience yoga customized to your needs, abilities and goals, whether you are brand new to yoga or an experienced practitioner. Therapeutic yoga practices can be adapted and utilized to benefit those experiencing a variety of health conditions (see "Who Can Benefit" below). Ultimately, therapeutic yoga is more than just exercise; it is a journey of inquiry and self-discovery via various tools of movement, mindfulness, breathwork and deep relaxation.
In addition to the work we do together in your sessions, therapeutic yoga sessions can also be helpful for kick-starting or supporting your home practice. You will learn techniques customized for your needs, and you can receive guidance on how to structure your home practice and request help working with and modifying specific poses or practices. Regular sessions can provide you with the support and motivation to develop your own yoga practice.
Everyone can do yoga, it is just a matter of making the poses and practices work for you! There is no prerequisite level of fitness or flexibility, and the intensity of your yoga therapy session can range from safely challenging your strength and endurance, to completely restorative and restful, or somewhere in between: it is up to you and depends on your needs.
Sessions can be done using a chair or mat, or even a massage table, and include breathing exercises, gentle movement, yoga postures adapted for you, meditation techniques, guided imagery and deep relaxation. Yoga mats, chairs and an array of props are all provided for your comfort and convenience.
Combined Yoga+Shiatsu Sessions
Combined yoga+shiatsu sessions offer the best of both worlds! Typically about half of the session time is yoga and half shiatsu, depending on your needs and preference. To schedule a combined yoga+shiatsu session, please contact me.
Who can benefit from shiatsu & therapeutic yoga?
Shiatsu and yoga are excellent ways for recipients of all ages and body types to de-stress, boost energy levels and immune function, and increase your sense of well-being. Shiatsu and yoga can also be useful for navigating life transitions, goal setting, creativity boosting and enhancing mental focus.
By awakening your deepest innate healing capabilities and balancing the dynamics of body, mind and spirit, shiatsu and therapeutic yoga can also be a highly beneficial addition to your health care services to help with many health issues, including:
chronic pain, muscle tightness arthritis & joint stiffness
maintaining mobility and mental acuity with aging
grief and navigating life changes
depression, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), anxiety, PTSD
side effects of cancer treatments & other prescription drugs
MS, Parkinson's, Autism
women's heath issues: menstrual cramps, PMS, symptoms associated with menopause, fertility issues, pregnancy & postnatal support
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What to expect:
If you schedule an appointment and then need to cancel/reschedule, please give as much notice as possible. Cancellations with less than 24 hours notice will still be responsible for paying the session fee (see cancellation policy HERE).
The studio waiting area will be open about 10 minutes before your session start time. To make the most of your scheduled time, please plan to arrive a little early to allow time for parking, changing clothes and/or using the restroom before your session. If you arrive early and the inner door to Embodied Therapeutics is closed, please wait quietly in the waiting area, as I am finishing up with another session or preparing for your session. If you arrive a bit early and the inner door to Embodied Therapeutics is already open, please feel free to come in and we can start your session.
For your session (whether yoga or shiatsu), please wear soft, loose or stretchy clothing that allows you to move freely. Unlike some other forms of bodywork, shiatsu is received fully clothed (please also bring clean socks to wear during your shiatsu session). Long pants and a sweatshirt are also recommended for shiatsu, as body temperature tends to drop when the body enters deep relaxation. A table/mat warmer is also available to help keep you comfortable if you get chilly during your shiatsu session. For the more active portions of yoga sessions and/or if you tend to run warm, layers such as a t-shirt and sweatshirt are a good idea. Jeans are not recommended as they tend to restrict movement. Out of respect for those with chemical sensitivities, please do not wear perfume/cologne or other strong scents.
For your convenience, everything needed for your session will be ready for you here at the studio. For yoga, extra-thick yoga mats with mat towels, bolsters, blankets, blocks, straps, sandbags and eye pillows are all provided. You are also welcome to bring your own mat or props if you prefer.
New client sessions include extra time for intake/assessment and discussion. Follow-up sessions will also begin with a brief intake/check-in. A great advantage of one-on-one sessions is that everything can be customized for you. You are encouraged to communicate with me about your experience and ask questions at any time. Together we can craft a session that takes into account your needs and preferences.
To continue supporting your body's natural healing processes after your session, the best things to do are to drink plenty of water and get some rest. Many people report getting excellent sleep in the evening after receiving shiatsu or doing therapeutic yoga. If you are returning to work directly after your session, we can do some energizing practices to help you re-focus.
Have more questions?
Check out the answers to frequently asked questions HERE. Please feel free to get in touch with any additional questions. We can also schedule a free, brief visit if you'd like to meet in person and see the studio space before scheduling a session. I look forward to hearing from you!