It’s taken me a while to find what’s important to me, and what makes my heart sing and soul dance. I can’t comment on the (sometimes infuriating) slowness of the process, but at least I’m figuring something out .... and I, like everyone else, am a work in progress, so my views and understanding will continue to evolve.
I am fascinated by the relationship in modern culture between the mind and the body. In eastern medicine these two concepts are never separated, and many texts refer to mindbody.
I see time and time again how these aspects affect one another when disconnected. A very simplistic situation to show this; when a person is stressed (an element of the mind), they feel tension in the body. Witness someone who is emoting anger; their body reflects the emotion physically by the way they hold themselves. This can also be seen in the anxious, depressed, frustrated, and by the same token, in those who are on-top of their game, feeling on top of the world. These individuals have a spring in their step, their heads are held high, and they have a fluidity in their movement; they are not stuck, their joints are free … free in mind = free in body.
This is, of course, just one underlying cause, there are others, including injury, however, if you are not free in mind, it could be seen that you are more prone to physical injury or prolonged recuperation. Your immune system can be depressed by your mental state and therefore you are more prone to picking up anything that’s hanging around in the ether … it isn’t called dis-ease for nothing.
This also works the other way; the body can affect the mind. How many of you have either been in a situation of pain or know someone else who has been? Constant physical pain can be very draining, and over time can take us into a mental state of depression and isolation, particularly when the pain is having an impact on our sleep.
I work in a holistic manner, i.e. addressing all aspects of a person; physical, mental, emotional and spiritual, and my training enables me to deal with the resultant reactions.
My mission, and passion, is to help women improve their health, and empower them to take control of their own wellbeing.
Most of my work is hands-on body therapy, because it is through the body that the mind and the emotions can be released. I work in a very calm manner where people can explore these concepts for themselves through bodywork, counselling, diet, exercise and meditation.
The bodywork I employ is Shiatsu, a beautiful, non-invasive and relaxing form of dynamic bodywork from Japan, that can help to reduce stress and contribute to overall well-being, thus having both preventative and remedial effects. The literal translation for “shiatsu” is finger pressure, and acts on the acupoints, as utilised in acupressure and acupuncture, but also balances the body by mobilising the meridian system using gentle pressure, holding and stretching.
The theoretical grounding behind shiatsu is TCM (traditional Chinese medicine), the basic premise of which is that when the body has balance between Yin and Yang good health predominates. When Yin and Yang are imbalanced, dis-ease occurs.
Health, whether it be physical, mental or emotional, is an expression of balance, and TCM views dis-ease as a physical expression of an imbalance within the body. TCM allows us to look at symptoms, along with other diagnostic methods, to identify patterns of disharmony.
Shiatsu has been proven beneficial in the treatment of a wide range of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions. I work particularly well with syndromes such as fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s, MS and COPD. Shiatsu has been seen to reduce muscle stiffness, aid alignment, stimulate the skin, aid digestion, support the immune system, calm the nervous system, and reduce anxiety.
Shiatsu has been used to treat a wide range of chronic and acute conditions such as: headaches, PMS, digestive disorders, fatigue, insomnia, stress, anxiety, and musculoskeletal pain, including lower back, neck, and joint pain.
Hello, a rather late introduction, my name is Karen, and I have worked with people for more than 25 years, and my shiatsu and TCM journey started in 2012. I absolutely love being able to help people through bodywork, and how it can affect people never ceases to amaze me.
If you would like to know more about me, you will find more here.