So how can Shiatsu help?
Often when we talk about our experiences, we also "feel" them in our body. Our memory is not just in our brain/mind, memory is a whole body & soul experience. In Shiatsu, we harness the unspoken aspect of the memory, the energetic pattern, and work to transform it, changing the way it feels - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
For those that are not ready to talk about "it", Shiatsu is a fantastic alternative.
At it's most basic, having a Shiatsu will help to flick the switch - to take you out of your Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) and into the Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS). From here, your heart rate, breathing rate, cortisol, adrenaline and all other stress responses will quieten. Your muscles can relax. Once in the PNS, you are less likely to misread people's intentions or to feel threatened, you feel more able to communicate and more able to engage socially - to connect.
Once in the (PNS), you become more open to change, the patterns of tension that you were holding begin to release and with them, the energetic pattern that was holding the tension. From here, we can let go of a lot of baggage, we can move forward knowing that it does not hold us.
I should point out here, that there are many types of therapies that have the potential to take you into the PNS. Shiatsu is distinct, in that it uses mindful intent to "listen" to the receiver and follow subtle cues to release patterns.