Shiatsu is a form of alternative medicine that has its roots in China, being used in the country as a part of their traditional medicine practice. In this form of physical therapy, the practitioner treats the body by using pressure, touch, and manipulation, with the objective of adjusting the body’s physical structure and also the energy flow. Shiatsu practitioners believe that this form of alternative medicine produces lasting results not only in the physical body but also on the person’s emotional and spiritual body. Each session of Shiatsu is meant to support and strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself.
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Benefits, conditions that can be treated and contraindications
As mentioned above, Shiatsu helps the body to heal and balance itself. It does so by boosting the patient’s immune system, energizing the lymphatic system, promoting better blood flow, stretching the ligaments and relaxing the body.
Shiatsu is used to treat a variety of conditions such as arthritis, depression, anxiety, sinus headaches, premenstrual syndrome, back problems, sports injuries, insomnia/sleep disorders, constipation, shoulder and neck pain, and fatigue.
Shiatsu is, in general, a safe form of treatment but there are certain conditions that require the patient to seek traditional medicine’s advice before booking a Shiatsu session. If you suffer from osteoporosis, if you are pregnant, if you have a hernia, tumor, fracture, open wound, bruises, inflamed skin or any type of contagious skin conditions or rashes, you may not be able to be treated wth Shiatsu. Other situations in which Shiatsu is contraindicated are when the patient has recently undergone surgery, radiation treatment or chemotherapy.
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Where can I be treated with Shiatsu in Madrid?
There are a number of centers which you can contact to book a Shiatsu appointment in Madrid. Here is our selection.
On of the most reputable Shiatsu clinics in the city, Clínica de Shiatsu was founded by Master Onoda and it has been in business since 1984. Shigeru Onoda studied Shiatsu with the man who created this form of alternative medicine, Tokujiro Namikoshi, and he is an expert in treating pain in the back, neck and legs, as well as a number of physical problems that are created in the body as a manifestation of stress and anxiety.
The price of an individual Shiatsu session at Clínica de Shiatsu is 54€. If you pay for a number of sessions in bulk, you will get each of your sessions at discounted prices. The 5-session pack costs 225€, which means you will be paying 51€ per session. The 10-session pack costs 490€, which means you will be paying 49€ per session. The 20-session pack costs 940€, which means you will be paying 47€ per session. Clínica de Shiatsu also makes house calls, for 120€ per session.
Location: Calle Juan Hurtado de Mendoza, 107
Treatments at Madrid Shiatsu are administered by Carmen Merino, who has studied different branches of Shiatsu, including Shiatsu for pregnant women, and is an accredited member of the Asociación de Profesionales de Shiatsu en España.
Prices offered at Madrid Shiatsu are of 35€ for a 50-minute session, or 25€ if the patient being treated is a child. You can also buy a pack of 4 classes for 140€, which comes with a free fifth session.
Location: Calle Duque de Fernán Núñez, nº 2
Shiatsu Mas Madrid is a center created by Barry and Maria José, who have studied Shiatsu in London and have been practicing it for over thirty years. They are members of both the Brittish and Spanish Shiatsu Associations, and they have a lot of experience in treating conditions like cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis, which they focused on while working in London. Now, in Madrid, they tend to a variety of ailments, mainly those created by the physical and emotional tension that people have to deal with on a daily basis.
Barry and Maria José have also studied Chi-Kung, Yoga, Tai-Chi, and Pilates, which helped them to gain an even more profound understanding of both the body and the mind. Like Clínica de Shiatsu, Shiatsu Mas Madrid offers not only treatments but also classes for those who want to learn more about this alternative medicine.
Prices at Shiatsu Mas Madrid start at 40€ per session, though, if you prefer, you can also buy sessions in bulk. The clinic offers a 6-pack of classes that comes with a 10% discount. If you decide to go for the pack, you can either pay it in full at the moment of purchase or you can pay for each treatment as you receive it, with the 10% discount being applied in the very last session. If you buy a 6 session pack, you will have to use it in a maximum of period of 3 months.
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