with Sophie Bruno-Laget
Shiatsu is a therapeutic bodywork from Japan based on the principles of the Traditional Chinese Medicine combined with modern anatomy and physiology. "Shi-atsu" translates in Japanese, as "finger pressure". Shiatsu stimulates and harmonises the flow of “Qi” (vital energy) throughout the body and has both preventative and remedial effects. It amplifies the body's own ability to heal itself. Qi flows in specific pathways called meridians, each of which is associated with a vital organ. Health is present when there is an abundant Qi (vital energy) in the meridians and the flow is unobstructed.
Using precision, smoothness, tapping and stretching techniques, it is performed without oils but with comfortable clothes. Promoting well-being, Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy. By stimulating the meridians, Shiatsu therapists aim to promote the flow of vital energy (Qi) and facilitate healing. According to the principles of the Traditional Chinese Medicine, blockages in the flow of Qi can contribute to a wide range of illnesses. Shiatsu is a complementary experience. A treatment session lasts from 45 min to 90 min; you lie on a floor mat to receive a shiatsu. Depending on the goal of the session and depending as well on the patient’s perception of the session, the effects could be calming, stimulating or revitalising.
During my adolescence and adulthood, back pain and neck diseases were recurrent in my daily life. I got used to living with stress and body-disorders until I discovered people using some keys of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), such as moxas and acupuncture. When I entered the school of Bernard Bouheret, (EST - Paris), I realised that shiatsu had already been in my life a long time, as I used to receive multiple back treatments based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine.
In 2011 and 2018, I received my degrees to be certified as a shiatsu practitioner. In 2011 a long and exciting journey started with the opportunity to firstly practice with my family, then with my friends and finally with patients. The aim is the same; using my hands to build a new life balance, to find and reinforce the right path for the energy and to relieve stress.
Originally from France, I used to live overseas, but I am now settled in London and pleased to share this amazing world.
There are different styles of Shiatsu, but mine is based on a dynamic rhythm of different hand pressures on specific points along the body. Instead of simply focusing on a specific area, shiatsu focuses on the whole person, thereby offering another approach to enhance health.