"I was recommended Nina after
prolapsing discs in my lower back
and sequestering one of them,
resulting in chronic sciatic and
back pain. I was sceptical about
shiatsu but open minded enough
to see if it could help my pain,
particularly the referred pain and
tension I was experiencing
throughout my body. Nina has a
very calming and caring manner
and the whole process is
extremely relaxing and never
rushed. I was very surprised at
the sensations I experienced
throughout; Nina was able to
move pain and tension down my
legs and arms and I could clearly
feel my body reacting to the
pressure points she used. After
the treatment I always felt
extremely relaxed both mentally
and physically, my shoulders
would physically drop and my
pain levels reduced.I would highly
recommend Nina to anyone."
- Sarah Bird
Cupping is a therapy that creates vacuums in cups placed onto the body for treatment purposes and for massage. The treatment is predominantly used to disperse stagnation in order to promote the circulation of blood and Qi (vital life energy). This ancient way of balancing the Qi is an extremely important method of improving health.
The suction created by the cupping vacuum stimulates blood circulation, encouraging metabolism within the skin tissue, generating a rise in skin temperature and muscle tension release. This also improves the working of both the sweat and sebaceous glands, improving Qi flow and blood.
Cupping can be used to balance the acu points along the spine. Sliding cupping has a similar effect to deep tissue massage.
How it Works
Cupping is done using cups that are specifically designed for a range of treatments. The reverse suction that is applied works to gently lift the bodies soft tissue, giving a gentle massage that stimulates blood circulation and aids in the draining of the lymph nodes. As a result, the tissues receive a fresh supply of oxygen and nutrients; and waste from the cells, and other harmful toxins, and substances are eliminated. Excess fluid is also drained and the muscles relax with the movement of the suction cups.
Temporary reddening of the tissue is common with this type of therapy. When a condition exists within a deeper muscle layer, discoloration will appear on the skin. The colour and pattern of the marks depend on the level of stagnation in the area and range from light red to dark purple, usually lasting 3 days to a couple of weeks – these marks are not bruises, they are the result of having internal unwanted toxins pulled up to the skin. Techniques used in facial cupping does not produce any discolouration.
Shiatsu Cupping Facials
This balancing and healing facial uses shiatsu techniques and acupressure points combined with cupping to connect to the vital energy channels. The gentle techniques lift and massage facial tissue to revitalise and rejuvenate the skin and reduce overall stress
Shiatsu cupping facial is a wonderful relaxing treatment that benefits your face and your whole body. With delicate oil a number of different massage movements are used, all of which work the skin and muscles of the face in different ways and levels, relieving tension in the muscles, smoothing away lines and bring elasticity and a healthy glow back to the skin.
The massage works on releasing deep seated tensions and freeing the layers of connective tissue so that facial muscles can relax easing restrictions and lifting up the face.
A sequence of acupressure points are stimulated during the treatment which not only stimulate the face but benefits the whole body a swell.
The lymphatic system is stimulated during the treatment which helps reduce eye bags and puffiness around jaw line, eyes look brighter and the skin looks more radiant and refreshed.
Full body Shiatsu
Back and shoulder Shiatsu
Combined Shaistu and Cupping
Full body Cupping
Back and shoulder Cupping
Combined Cupping and Shiatsu
The practice of Shiatsu originated in Japan and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese and a practitioner uses touch, massage and manipulative techniques applied with comfortable pressure to work on the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience, beneficial for the maintenance of health and well-being. Establishing a pattern of regular treatments can help to alleviate stress and illness.
How does it work?
At Qi Shiatsu Nina uses the body’s Qi to promote healing. The basic premise of all Oriental Medicine is that the body is an energetic entity whose health and wellbeing are dependent on a smooth flow of Qi energy to all the internal organs, muscles, and body tissues. Qi flows throughout the body, but condenses more strongly in certain points and channels. These points and channels are known as acupoints and meridians respectively, and it is here that the Shiatsu practitioner can most easily access the body's Qi to manipulate its flow to promote healing and a general feeling of wellbeing.
What can be treated?
As well as a for general body maintenance, Shiatsu can be used to treat
Shiatsu sessions lasts approximately one hour. The first session may be slightly longer as in her initial consultation with you; Nina will take a concise and confidential case history that considers your state of health and any symptoms you are experiencing. At this stage you must inform Nina of any medication you are taking and of any other treatments you are receiving. This together with an assessment of your general energy levels and lifestyle will be used to formulate an individual treatment plan designed to improve the flow of your Qi energy.
Guidelines for receiving Shiatsu
Please bring or wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers and cotton socks. Do not eat heavily in the two hours prior to treatment. Do not drink alcohol before or after treatment. After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the flow of changes through the system. Following Shiatsu, due to the body's natural healing process, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed. To experience the full benefits, avoid strenuous or stressful activities after your session.
What to expect in a Shiatsu treatment
The sessions take place in Nina's dedicated treatment room in Corsham, usually on a futon at floor level, although it is possible to receive Shiatsu seated on a treatment chair or on a treatment couch.
You remain fully clothed at all times. Nina will treat your whole body by using finger or palm pressure or sometimes, if needed, using knees, elbows and feet. The delivery of a treatment will involve rotation and stretches of joints and limbs. If appropriate Sotai techniques may be incorporated to help restore the body's natural alignment as well as moxibustion to warm regions under treatment or specific acupoints.
Nina can also provide relevant dietary advice based on Traditional Chinese Medicine and demonstrate exercises, such as meridian stretches that you can use yourself.