Choosing a Bodyworker*

Choosing a “Bodyworker”

* Note:   A “Bodyworker” is someone who works on your body!  They may be a Shiatsu Therapist, a Massage Therapist, or someone practicing another modality to bring health and healing to the Human body.

A first step to choosing a bodyworker could be asking your circle of contacts~~especially if there is someone you can talk to who appears to care for their health and is a generally happy person.  Someone who is happy and nice to others has an idea about how to take care of themselves!

Get a few names.  Try different people and different styles if necessary.  The important piece is to find someone with whom you feel comfortable, who makes you comfortable and with whom you can communicate your preferences. 

Most importantly, you have a right to ask for lighter or deeper touch.  If you do not like deep or painful touch, and the bodyworker will not adjust to your needs, find another bodyworker.  Shiatsu is energywork and as such can have a healing benefit without causing pain.  As you become more experienced with bodywork you may come to crave deeper work, however, in the meantime you have a right to ask for and receive what works for you. At some point~~or not!~~you may find yourself wanting the ‘good hurt’ associated with deeper touch, however getting to that point is a journey whose speed you have every right to control.   

Conversely, if you like deep work~~find someone who will deliver!  Doing deep work takes strength, energy and good body dynamics and is physically more demanding for your bodyworker! 

After Your Bodywork Session

Schedule your bodywork session before an hour or more of downtime!  The more downtime the better.  You may be energized or sleepy, you may even be reflective about your life.  It is nice to be able to have unscheduled time to do…whatever strikes you in the moments after your session.  It may be just sitting in a park staring at the trees.  It may be going for a walk or reading a book or taking a bath.  It may be just going home and taking a nap and going to sleep.  All are perfect in my world. The point is to allow the Shiatsu session, or whatever session you receive, to settle in more deeply into your body and being.  Truly, this is the best way to maximize the expenditure of time and money!


About HaraHarmony

Who am I? My name is Annemarie Marti and I have been practicing Shiatsu Therapy since 1987. During that time, my work has been enriched by meeting and working with many, many wonderful people. This work has allowed me many insights and perspectives on Shiatsu, healing, growing, self-expression and our relationship to our body and our planet which I now will begin to share in the Hara Harmony blog. The notion of being a healer came to me while I was in college and reading books about indigenous healing practices. In the mid-1970s I did not have a vision for how to pursue such a path and turned my desire to heal to our planet. It was not until the late 1980s that I found a way back, through Shiatsu, to my original desire to heal our bodies. As my journey with Shiatsu evolved, I began to see that there was a connection between healing our planet and creating vibrant health for our own bodies. The style of bodywork that I practice is called Shiatsu. Shiatsu is an Asian style of bodywork that evolved from the perspectives and teachings of Chinese acupuncture. Acupuncture brings to the process of healing, the concept of balancing, smoothing and rejuvenating the energies in our living, Human body. Shiatsu uses touch, no needles, to contact and move these energies called ‘chi’. In moving the chi, a Shiatsu therapist is able to help muscles to relax, the mind to quiet and well-being to return. My touch is firm to gentle~~you choose! We work together to create a great session for you where you feel refreshed, renewed and rejuvenated. If you would like more information about Shiatsu or my practice of Shiatsu, please email me at:
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