Shiatsu Therapy for Menopausal Symptoms
By Emily Crown, CST
Many women experience dis-ease at the close of their menstrual cycle. This time can be very difficult due to the many symptoms often attributed to menopause (also referred to as “Second Spring” in Eastern theory). Fatigue, hot flashes, dizziness, obesity, edema in ankles, poor memory, anxiety, moodiness, insomnia and back ache can all be symptoms of a menopausal woman. These are usually due to a hormone imbalance, and a general decline in kidney energy resulting in a stasis of Qi. In Eastern theory, kidney energy represents the source of energy in our body. A decline in this area leads to general fatigue, and lends to the previously mentioned conditions.
A full body shiatsu treatment along with gentle stretching will target and relax the affected areas. The overall goal at this point is to tonify the kidney energy, thus strengthening and soothing the body during this vulnerable period of transition. After a general kidney tonification, each shiatsu session can then be specialized to ease any specific symptoms experienced. Regular treatments are suggested as the benefits become cumulative over time.
According to Eastern theory, Qi is the vital energy of life and we are all in good health as long as it is flowing in a smooth and bountiful manner. Symptoms of “ill health” begin to appear in our body and mind when we do not have enough Qi, or if it is not flowing smoothly.
During a Shiatsu treatment the therapist applies pressure to the areas where the Qi is insufficient, or its flow is distorted or stagnated. When the right amount of holding pressure is applied the flow returns to normal, and the excess or blocked energy is dispersed. Deep relaxation and balance are experienced; stimulating the body’s natural healing process. Shiatsu therefore, can be described as a catalyst for balancing the body naturally, allowing the body to heal itself.