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.


Interview with Yumi Matsumoto

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYumi, what is your specialisation and how long have you been practising?

My specialisation is in Shiatsu, Japanese reflexology, Japanese facial and head massage, Reiki, Thai massage and Sotaiho. Sotaiho is a hands-on treatment which can also use exercise and stretching to re-balance the body. I’ve been practising Shiatsu for over 10 years.

When did you start working at Salus Wellness and what influenced your decision to work here?

I started working in November 2014 through recommendation. The clinic is in a nice central location with easy parking.

How many clients do you see in an average week?

6 or 7 clients per week at the moment.

What is your general view of the facilities offered by Salus Wellness?

The facilities are good overall.

How did the help received from Salus Wellness in terms of running your business, sales and marketing help to develop your business?

The regular workshops are great and being able to discuss ideas with other practitioners is very beneficial.

What are your future plans at the clinic?

I need to promote myself more as what I am doing is quite unique. I definitely would like to continue to stay at Salus Wellness.

Would you recommend Salus Wellness to other practitioners?

Yes of course I would definitely and I have already recommended the clinic to others.

What advice would you give to new practitioners?

Get to know other practitioners and exchange knowledge. Be patient when you first start out and don’t give up. Learning about marketing and how to promote yourself is very important and always remember that you are running a business.

Interview with Julie Taylor-Allan

Julie Taylor-AllanJulie, what is your specialisation and how long have you been practising?

I have been practising as a massage therapist for four years now. I use a combination of deep tissue and sports massage techniques depending on the client’s specific needs.

When did you start working at Salus Wellness and what influenced your decision to work here?

I started working at Salus Wellness in November 2012. My husband met a former Director of Salus Wellness, at a networking event where he introduced the clinic.

I spoke with him soon after that and found him very warm, welcoming and reassuring. So, I decided to join the clinic and haven’t looked back since.

How many clients do you see in an average week?

I see 10 clients per week.

What is your general view of the facilities offered by Salus Wellness?

The facilities are very good. The rooms are clean, warm and fully equipped.

How did the help received from Salus Wellness in terms of running your business, sales, and marketing help to develop your business?

I have received valuable marketing advice for my business through the free monthly workshops hosted by Massimo Gaetani, Director of Salus Wellness Clinics.

What are your future plans at the clinic?

I plan to stay at Salus Wellness for the foreseeable future.

Would you recommend Salus Wellness to other practitioners?

Yes I would definitely recommend Salus Wellness to others.

What advice would you give to new practitioners?

Love what you do and be patient in growing your business.


A short trip around the solar system

Massimo GaetaniWhen starting a business you find yourself taking important decisions like the name and general image you would like for your business and other little but important details like the colours of logo and the design of the website.  With a business like a clinic, open to the general public, it is essential to have a clear naming scheme for each room to avoid any misunderstanding.   We could have decided to call them A, B, C, etc… or assign to them an increasing number but here is how it went.

When in 2010 we first visited the building where Salus Wellness is now located we had a look at all available nine rooms and the immediate association I made was with the planets in our solar system, or at least as many as they were when I was at school.  In fact Pluto was declassified as a planet back in 2006 and the total number of planets in the solar system in now eight but, one of the rooms became the management office so we decided to keep the association to the solar system and name the remaining rooms after planets’ names.

Deciding which planet name to assign to each room was a relatively easy job by using the planet’s size in proportion to the room size.  The two smaller rooms that we use for talking therapies like counselling, NLP, CBT, coaching or hypnotherapy are called Mercury and Venus.  EarthRTwo medium sized rooms are called Earth (in the picture on the right), which is also on the ground floor, and Mars; the former is a cosy room with wheelchair access and adjustable couch where we offer a variety of therapies, from reiki to acupuncture and a broad range of massage therapies.  The latter is called Mars, which is situated directly above Earth and it is the most clinical of the lot: in Mars we offer colonic hydrotherapy and podiatry.  We then have the three biggest therapy rooms, Jupiter, Saturn and Neptune which are spacious and with electrically adjustable couches.  From these rooms we offer most of the physical therapies available as well as certain workouts like yoga and pilates.

Considering that since the beginning nobody chose Uranus as their room of choice we decided to rename that room as the upstairs office that we let to freelance developers and designers.

Given the number of compliments we have been receiving over the years I could say that naming our therapy rooms after planet was a simple, intuitive and a bit geeky idea but, hey, we are in Cambridge after all.