Sixty practitioners and counting

We recently recruited in short succession practitioner #60 and 61; my gut feeling would be to celebrate as it’s a great achievement.  While celebration is an important aspect of acknowledging a certain level of success I feel at the moment it’d be wise to delay celebrations for a while and here is why. We currently have about a dozen experienced and qualified practitioners who are on their way to start working with us.  So, as we celebrated practitioner #50 in summer 2015 together with our first five years in business, I feel now inclined to wait until I can celebrate practitioner #70 which will be an amazing result in both absolute and relative terms.

A lot of people keep asking us how do we manage the allocation of 60 practitioners into a clinic with 8 therapy rooms? The answer lies in three simple truths:

  • Many practitioners are using a room just a few hours per week or month; this is because they work in other clinics, often outside Cambridge, they offer therapy part time as a side activity to a part or full time job or simply they are semi-retired but still want to keep occupied and earn some money in the process.
  • We are offering a range of agreements which allow many people to join our team of practitioners with a minimum monthly cost which, at the same time, allows receiving a share of enquiries we get from web and walk in clients.
  • We have organised each room to have 3 slots of 4.5 hours per day in order to allow, potentially, 3 different people to work in each room on a regular weekly routine. We then manage to fill up the various gaps between regular bookings with individual ad-hoc hours bookings.

So we are going to hold on our enthusiasm for a few more weeks/months and then celebrate all together practitioner #70 and our 7th year in business.

Why Shiatsu works?

Shiatsu has become probably the most popular and well known among all the Japanese healing arts in the western world, with countless people gaining healing and relaxation from its massage techniques and its philosophy of life. At the heart of all the various systems of Shiatsu are the principles of cultivating harmony and balance, applying the principles of Yin and Yang, and diagnosing imbalance through detection of Kyosho (Empty) and Jisho (Full). The purpose of the different massage techniques and routines is to balance the meridian line (or Keiraku) system which carries Ki (also known as Chi or Qi) or life-energy through a network of twelve main meridian lines and eight extra-ordinary channels.

In the Eastern way of looking at the human being there are twelve main channels of energy running through the body. These channels run beneath the surface of the skin but at certain points they spring to the surface – it is via these points (also called pressure points or tsubo) that we can directly affect the flow of energy by massage.

One of the biggest challenges for a Shiatsu practitioner is how to diagnose and treat a meridian line which is in an empty state, in other words a meridian line which is damaged due to lack of energy passing through it. Forcefully massaging by mistake this line will cause even more damage.

Each meridian line is paired with another. This shows quite clearly that where there is a deficiency it will lead to an excess elsewhere, and also shows the close relationship between the paired meridian lines. A simple analogy is that of a road having a big damage on its surface – this is comparable to a Kyosho state. The road leading to it would then have a traffic jam, followed by an irregular flow of cars after it, both caused by the same road damage.

Over the years I treated thousands of people affected by a broad variety of issues.  A typical example is a patient of mine who was suffering from painful frozen shoulder for many weeks.  She could not sleep on the painful side and had to take strong pain killers to deal with the pain. I am always careful to identify the main cause of the pain as it could be originated from a number of different reasons.  In her case it was from a deficiency in her liver meridian line. Therefore I treated her Large Intestine and Gallbladder meridian lines instead of touching her painful shoulder directly.   She experienced a very sharp pain being massaged on these lines but, within a few minutes, all pains were gone including her shoulder.

This is just an example of how shiatsu can help you to feel better and overcome a number of different issues.  Please get in touch with me to arrange an appointment and try this amazing therapy.

 

Japanese Head and Facial Acupressure Massage

I have been practising Japanese Head and Facial Acupressure Massage for over 10 years.

This rejuvenating massage treatment may provide a natural face-lift and anti-aging treatment which works by freeing up contractions within the facial muscles and connective tissues. It is a combination of gentle massage for the face, lymphatic drainage, acupressure and energy balancing.

People come to see me with various reasons:

  • headache
  • tired eyes
  • insomnia
  • stress and tension
  • …or just wants to have a rejuvenating effect…

The majority of my clients enjoy the benefits of this treatment from their very first session.

One of my regular clients, in her mid 30’s, she has to show her ID to buy alcohols after she started having regular facial acupressure massage from me.

If you ever wanted to experience the benefits and relief of a facial acupressure massage please get in touch and arrange an appointment with me.

Offering treatments in foreign languages

FlagsAtSalusCambridge is a very international place and foreigners are representing a considerable percentage of the total population. Being myself one of them and having started a number of businesses over the years it comes quite natural to me to be doing business with foreigners in various professional and entrepreneurial positions.

It was not until last week when one of my colleagues was asked specifically for the details of our Turkish speaking counsellor when the penny dropped and I realised the extra advantage we offer at Salus Wellness. By having native speakers in many different languages, currently 16, our clinic can offer therapy and consultations in English as well as in a variety of other languages. This comes in handy when we are asked to work with tourists or people who recently immigrated to the UK. Although many of the foreigners being treated at Salus Wellness do actually speak good English, many of them feel more comfortable discussing their issues, particularly if mental health related ones, in their native language.

Here is the list of languages currently spoken at Salus Wellness, in alphabetical order: Croatian, Farsi, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish. So if English is not your first language we might be able to offer a therapy in your own language which can be an extra l help for you.