Shiatsu: holistic and integrative therapy

Zen Shiatsu is a powerful tool that can be of great help at any time of life.

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese manual therapy, based on the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, which applies pressure, stretching and rocking to specific points and channels in the body, where organs, muscles and bones are reflected. It helps to restore the body's balance, improving vital energy and activating the body's healing systems.

Zen Shiatsu can be especially helpful in all the processes of change that motherhood brings, offering mother and child physical and emotional support and support to carry out this powerful task with serenity.

Shiatsu helps to reduce the tensions that may appear and helps to prevent complications, being of great support to enjoy this unique, enriching and gratifying human experience. hello

Objectives and Methodology

The tactile sense is as well developed in the foetus as the auditory sense. The amniotic fluid and the walls of the placenta provide continuous gentle stimulation like floating in warm water. Shiatsu can provide adequate stimulation for both the mother and the baby's sensory development.

The work of the shiatsu therapist depends on the needs of the woman and the period of pregnancy she is in.

Shiatsu does not always follow the same massage routine.

The therapist "listens" to the receiver with her hands; it is the woman's body that dictates what kind of stretching or mobilisation should be done, which meridians should be worked and with what kind of energy this work should be carried out.

The body's energy changes constantly, and the therapist must know how to interpret these changes in order to be flexible during the treatment. On the other hand, to prepare for the birth, I usually suggest some visualisations, which the mother-to-be can use when the time comes; and, if I am at her side during the birth, I remind her of them, in order to make her work easier.

During pregnancy, Zen Shiatsu can help:

  • increasing body awareness
  • regulating fluctuating emotional states, giving psychological benefits
  • stimulating the baby's sensory development through the mother
  • alleviating or avoiding typical problems:
    • nausea and vomiting
    • back pain
    • digestion
    • insomnia
    • oedemas
    • leg cramps
  • prevents eclampsia and pre-eclampsia
  • eczema and skin itching
  • constipation
  • breech presentation
  • One session per month is recommended from conception - or before.

Shiatsu and childbirth

Shiatsu is ONLY used during childbirth, in case of complications or particularly painful areas, before resorting to medical intervention in hospital, because if we respect the physiology of childbirth, taking into account the basic needs of each woman at each moment, her body is designed and prepared to give birth without any external intervention.

Zen Shiatsu can help during childbirth:

  • when there is tension and fear: relaxing effects on the nervous system
  • in case of a ruptured pouch and absence of contractions
  • in case of contractions without dilatation
  • in case of very prolonged labour: soothing, relaxing and revitalising effects
  • in case of prolonged expulsion: assists in the descent of the child
  • in case of difficulties in delivering the placenta

Shiatsu and postpartum

Zen Shiatsu helps to restore the energy lost during childbirth and to strengthen the mother, also helping her to regain a balanced state of mind so that she can enjoy a healthy and happy upbringing.


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Doubts about Shiatsu

Contact me to clarify any doubts you may have, it will be a pleasure to help you resolve the concerns that arise in these important moments of our lives.

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