Holistic & embodied care for optimal wellbeing
 

The holistic nature of shiatsu practice treats mind, body and spirit as one, an interconnected whole, together with the environment in which they find themselves.” Dr Andrew Long

Shiatsu: therapeutic acupressure

Shiatsu is a relaxing and invigorating way to reconnect with your body.

Derived from the Japanese words shi (finger) & atsu (pressure)

It is therapeutic acupressure/massage that utilises acu-points, energy channels (meridian therapy) and stretches to stimulate the circulation of energy throughout the body.

 

Shiatsu takes a holistic approach to treating symptoms as well as root causes.

Shiatsu uses palms, thumbs, elbows, knees and sometimes feet to work on various parts of the body with firm, direct pressure and/or gentle holding pressure.

By working on the muscles and more deeply on the internal organs, nervous system, lymph and meridians, shiatsu harmonises the body & mind to promote healing and renewed sense of wellbeing. This approach utilizes the interstitium*

Shiatsu can

 promote relaxation, de-stress and release tension caused by our busy lifestyles. It can support the management of many common condition/symptoms including

  • Emotional wellbeing: Stress, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma

  • Pain & inflammation: Back, neck, shoulder, muscular, acute injuries, arthritis

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Poor circulation, blood pressure imbalances

  • Fatigue, low energy

  • Gut health: digestive issues, IBS

  • Sleep health, insomnia

  • Menstrual health: PCOS, endometriosis, PMT

  • Respiratory health: allergies, asthma, eczema, psorisis

  • General health maintenance & preventative health care

It is a safe, non-invasive and adaptable treatment for the whole family including children, the elderly and people with disabilities or injuries.

Your session includes

  • an initial consultation where your health history and concerns are discussed (initial session is 1.5 hours and follow up session 1 hour)

  • TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) diagnostic observation of pulses and structural body alignment to determine best approach for your individualised treatment

  • therapeutic treatment (massage)

  • you may also have cupping, moxibustion, acu-studs or earseeds depending on needs

  • breathing exercises, stretches, strengthening exercises, dietary and lifestyle advice

You are treated fully clothed lying on a futon on the floor so it’s best to wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Each practitioner works differently, don’t be afraid to ask questions or give feedback as it’s important that you feel comfortable throughout the treatment.

 

Treatment frequency is

one of the most common questions clients ask and the answer really depends on you,

your condition and circumstances at the time.

However, with many years of experience working with clients, a basic rule is:

  Weekly or fortnightly treatments for a minimum of 3 sessions is highly beneficial to shift poor energy patterns followed by fortnightly to monthly maintenance sessions.

Gift vouchers available

*Health fund rebates: please check with your health fund
 

 

Emma Strapps

Dip. Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies, MA

Emma is a highly experienced STAA (Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia) registered practitioner of over 17 years.

Emma holds a Diploma in Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies from The Australian Shiatsu College, Melbourne (2002).

 

Emma’s shiatsu practice is highly tuned in to her clients needs, drawing on many years of experience and knowledge of dance, shiatsu, yoga, tai chi, meditation and food therapy.

Integral to her practice are

empathy

professionalism

quality of care

She is committed to a holistic and sustainable treatment approach.

 

Emma specialises in

pain & inflammation

skin

stress & mental health

children

the elderly

general health

Emma is particularly interested in how stress manifests in the individual's body and ways of shifting these patterns.


Emma holds the position of Director of Research for STAA, the peak body for Shiatsu professionals in Australia and regularly contributes to their publication, Pointers.  Emma has initiated a research strategy, conducted, published an academic article and presented her research at ICCMR (2019).

Emma holds professional insurance, current certificate in Senior First Aid & Working with Vulnerable people card (ACT)

Emma is also a professional performer, choreographer, dance teacher and avid yoga practitioner with a long held interest in understanding how the human body functions at an optimal level.

Emma completed a Masters of Arts (Choreography), Victorian College of the Arts/Melbourne University (2011) with First Class Honors. This research connected her shiatsu and dance.

Emma is co-founder of Social Repair Service (SRS) with her partner, Adam Broinowski. SRS conduct workshops, research and creative projects www.socialrepairservice.com.au

 

Emma conducts shiatsu and movement workshops in Australia and internationally.

 

emmastrapps@gmail.com
0421640492
illeso studio & treatment rooms
68 Bandjalong Cres
Aranda, ACT 2614
(enter via gift shop at street level)
 
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