What are the benefits/outcomes of a session?
Shiatsu is offered to people with cancer to enhance wellbeing and mood, and to reduce stress, anxiety, pain, nausea and vomiting. People who have had shiatsu report better symptom control.
Research studies asking people about their experiences with shiatsu reported:
- Increases in energy levels.
- Better relaxation.
- Increased feelings of confidence.
- Better symptom control and mobility.
- Improved clarity of thought and a restoration of wellbeing.
“Shiatsu gave me a profound sense of acceptance of all that I have gone through – both emotionally and physically.”
Is it safe?
If practised by a suitably trained therapist, who is experienced working with people with cancer, shiatsu is considered safe. For those with low platelet count, osteoporosis, or those in the first three months of pregnancy, the practitioner will use a more gentle form of shiatsu.
Both Penny Brohn UK’s shiatsu practitioners have been with us for a long time and are well experienced in the therapy.
Markus Heimpel has been at Penny Brohn UK for nine years. He has been practising for 25 years and for the last 12 years has been teaching shiatsu.
Alex Turner has extensive experience teaching and practising shiatsu. He has been a core member of the therapy team at Penny Brohn UK for seven years and also teaches Qi Gong and relaxation techniques, as well as provides acupuncture at our regular Treatment Support Clinic. Alex has been both director and a teacher at The Devon School of Shiatsu and is a registered teacher and fellow of the Shiatsu Society.
Being close to someone who’s been diagnosed with cancer can have a major impact on your life as well as theirs. It can be just as hard for you as it is for the person with the diagnosis. That’s why we offer support to the loved-ones of those living with cancer because you are just as important.