Shiatsu is an evolving Japanese form of bodywork, incorporating influences from both Oriental medicine and Western therapies. It stimulates the natural body’s ability to heal and it is a great holistic way to bring the body and mind into a state of balance, re-energise weaknesses and relax tension. Based on Tao philosophy, shiatsu operates on the basis that everything in the universe has a certain natural orientation or flow – including the body’s chi or vital energy.
Shiatsu works based on the principle of energy meridians and uses acupressure – the application of pressure with hands and fingers – to stimulate the nervous system and clear energy blockages. Like yoga, shiatsu is aimed at creating a harmony between the body, mind and soul.
Danka provides therapeutic shiatsu massage for those seeking relief from tension and physical discomfort, provides beginner workshops in shiatsu treatment, and also teaches a combined yoga and shiatsu workshop called ‘The Power of Healing Touch’, aimed at couples.
Tao Te Ching – Verse 63
Act without doing;
work without effort.
Think of the small as large
and the few as many.
Confront the difficult
while it is still easy;
accomplish the great task
by a series of small acts.
The Master never reaches for the great;
thus she achieves greatness.
When she runs into a difficulty,
she stops and gives herself to it.
She doesn’t cling to her own comfort;
thus problems are no problem for her.
(translation by Stephen Mitchell, 1995)
A little taste of Danka´ s Tao
What should I bring to class?
For private yoga class
If you have your own yoga mat, please bring it to class, as well as a towel. If you are new to yoga and want to try it out, all you need to bring is a towel; I will provide a yoga mat for you. If you want to cultivate a sustainable home practice, it is good to invest in your own yoga mat and, depending on your level and needs, a few yoga props. Having your own material, space and rituals will help you to feel motivated and comfortable in your practice.
For group class
This depends on the location; please see specific instructions for each class or workshop. While most studios will have yoga mats, blankets and some props provided, the current pandemic situation may restrict our access to shared materials. The necessary details will be provided in an email once you have registered for a class.
For shiatsu therapy
Unlike regular massage, shiatsu therapy is done through the clothes, not directly on the skin. You will be lying on a special shiatsu futon on the floor. While the room will be heated to a comfortable temperature, deep relaxation may make you feel chilly. Therefore it is advisable to wear comfortable, loose clothes made of natural materials (cotton, linen, silk, …), and ideally a long-sleeve top or a light jumper, even on warmer days. Make sure you can move freely in these clothes. Also note that we will spend some time going over your case history and any health conditions prior to the treatment.
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