“Shizukaze” means tranquil wind in Japanese
Strong, flexible bamboos do not fear the storm. They bend with the wind even as they stay firmly rooted to their grounds. ~ Anonymous
About Zen Shiatsu
This type of bodywork originates from Japan and is based on principals of Traditional Chinese Medicine involving meridians, or energy channels, that flow through the body. Practitioners use their thumbs, palms, knees, and elbows to affect energy in these meridians, with a goal of restoring balance in them.
During their one-hour treatment, a client wears light and comfortable clothing and lies on a mat under a sheet. Additional pillows and modified positions are used to accommodate discomfort due to injuries or pregnancy. Massage oils and lotions are not necessary as pressure is applied in a downward motion, and skin is not rubbed. Aromatic oils, however, can be diffused during treatment.
Zen Shiatsu is beneficial for many physical and emotional ailments, as well as a means to help maintain balance in the body and mind. It is especially helpful in addressing common complaints of pregnancy, such as nausea, constipation, sciatica, and carpal tunnel. It can also help prepare the body for labour, as well as assist in its recovery from birthing and postpartum demands. Women undergoing miscarriage or fertility issues can benefit from Zen Shiatsu as well.
I was a Registered Midwife in Hamilton for 8 years before deciding to help pregnant and postpartum women in a sightly different way. I wanted to put to use the zen shiatsu diploma (780 hours) I earned 14 years ago. This past June, I completed a four-day “recertification” in Toronto with the same teachers who first trained me, and will be participating in regular training days and retreats with them to further develop my techniques, and to better support women’s health, in particular. While specializing in women’s health, I also treat outside of this population as well. I am also in the midst of training to be a certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and hope to offer these services in spring of 2020.
1 hour treatments are available on a sliding scale of $60-100.
I currently work out of Inland Island Community Wellness Centre. In September, I will be working on the 29th, with appointments at 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Starting in October, I will be treating Fridays with appointments at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
Please contact me to inquire about the possibility of home visits, which are especially beneficial in the early days and weeks after having a baby.
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Lynlee Spencer, Zen Shiatsu Therapist
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