Shiatsu is an acupressure massage based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, which aims to restore balance to both the mind and body to leave you relaxed yet invigorated with a general feeling of well being. The underlying philosophy is that chi, or vital energy, flows through channels, or meridians, in your body and that any disruption in chi flow can result in symptoms of ill health. Shiatsu can restore balance to chi flow, address areas of stagnation that can result in tension, and support any deficiency that may manifest in more debilitating symptoms.
Shiatsu normally takes place on a futon on the floor but it is possible to use a chair if lying down is difficult. You remain fully clothed and it is recommended that you wear loose, comfortable clothing. The session lasts approximately one hour and consists of acupressure, gentle stretches, rotations and magnet therapy. You may be given exercises, dietary advice or acupressure points to use between sessions to help maintain chi balance and symptom relief through to the next appointment.
Marcia da Silva Pinto MRSS DTM has been working in the field of dance as a performer, choreographer and teacher spanning a period of over twenty years. She developed a particular interest in how movement and dance can reflect and shape our state of mind. She studied Dance and Movement Therapy at Roehampton Institute, London in addition to her earlier studies in Psychology at PUC University, Rio de Janeiro.
During her dance career Marcia often treated her own aches and pains using techniques such as ‘DO-IN’ (a massage method which works on pressure points) and also practised the anti-exercises and self-awareness principles of Therese Bertherat. These approaches helped her to develop a greater understanding of body awareness and sensitivity towards the subtle internal changes of energy flow. Her dance teaching methodology incorporates a range of effective exercises which develops flexibility through stretch, correct posture and energy through breathing. Her teaching grew not only with respect to the aesthetics and technicality of dance but also to integrate a sense of self through body awareness. Shiatsu has been a natural career progression for Marcia and has given her the opportunity to work with individuals in the pursuit of health and wellbeing by practising this Japanese body-work therapy. Marcia is a fully-qualified Shiatsu practitioner from the London College of Shiatsu and is a member of the Shiatsu Society.