Monday, 29 May 2006

Introductory day 14/01/06

Well, after deciding shiatsu was it, I spent time researching on the web about how to start. I found that the European Shiatsu School (Marlborough, Hants) were doing £10.00 introductory days - BINGO!
Previously, making decisions has always been very logical & 'head' orientated. I would have compiled a shortlist, visited a number & looked at pros & cons. However, this time it was very much 'it it feels right, then I'll study there'. (The school does have an excellent reputation any way)

Lovely building tucked away off the main high street, white walls & beams inside. Turns out the teacher also teaches aikido. I come for shiatsu & we're doing unbendable arm, thinking of our centre & weight underside! I take this as a good sign.
The other people are lovely & we do some of the basics, like baby walking & palming. I'm hooked, & this is the right school for me. I buy a book, sign up at the end of the day & go home to rabbit at top speed about it to my boyfriend!

Tuesday, 23 May 2006

A little about aikido

Well, I've realised that aikido's going to sneak into this blog, so thought I'd do a quick introduction.
I've been practicing for just over 2 years now at a wonderful dojo (see link). I hadn't planned to mention it, but I think it will be relevant as they have much in common. Even when I'm fully qualified in shiatsu, I know that my practicing aikido will help progress my shiatsu further. More highly developed awareness is going to improve both.

I haven't found practicing aikido the easiest thing. It seems to help stir things up to the surface that have been lurking in the depths for too long. That said, for me, time on the mat is a fantastic way to learn to be in the present moment & interact with a partner. When my brain doesn't get in the way, I love the feeling & shapes aikido makes.

I'm going to class tomorrow night & really looking forward to it. I haven't been for 2 weeks due to shiatsu training & illness, so I'm raring to go!

Tuesday, 16 May 2006

In a different career

Odd how life can change direction. Figured I'd be a qualified accountant by now. Would have done a good job too. Then considered the whole computer auditor scene.

I have this desire to help people, & have never known how to shape or channel that. I still haven't really figured it out. What's my proper motive? Don't think it's world domination (I'd need a waxed moustache & some great steam-punk machines for that!)

Studying shiatsu is a bit scary for the analytical/logical part of me. I'm going to have to make a connection with people. I think it has a potential to be very powerful & have a serious effect like acupuncture had on me. I think that means I have a responsibility to study hard & become a damned-fine practitioner.

Sunday, 14 May 2006

How come I'm doing this?

Well, I had acupuncture years ago, which was a positive & amazing experience. Went for a physical reason & it had such an impact on my emotional state. Touched me very deeply.
Didn't have the confidence then to think I could do some thing like that.

Skip to about 2 years ago & just felt I had to look into it again. I was pretty much decided on studying acupuncture & herbal medicine, & planned to visit colleges to decide where to study.
Then in a half awake/sleep state, I realised it had to be some thing directly using my hands. Grumbling under my breath, I started researching different therapies & came across a description of shiatsu. I had such a strong feeling from my centre/hara that I could not ignore it. First decision I've made properly using this freaky centre-thing, so tried not to listen at first. Sensibly decided to listen after a bit of a fight.

Exactly 1 week later I'm on a day's introductory course, which seemed bizarrely easy...

Blogger & shiatsu newbie

Well, a beginning... Never blogged before, & have decided to write down my experiences in shiatsu.

Shiatsu is both a form of physical manipulation and a means towards the growth of body, mind and spirit, combining a finely tuned intuition, understanding of oriental diagnosis, posture and breathing. The unique quality of Shiatsu is that it emphasises efficient bodily movement and perception from one's true physical and spiritual centre.

Shiatsu technique involves stretching, leverage and leaning your weight into various parts of the recipient's body to encourage greater harmony of energy, circulation, flexibility and postural integrity. Many of the techniques are applied to the same system of energy channels or 'meridians' as used in acupuncture, although in Shiatsu each channel is felt to cover a greater area of the body.

Explanation courtesy of the European Shiatsu School