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The head is the main control centre of the body, and in the protective cave of the skull lies the amazing brain - a vastly complex and mysterious organ. The head is also the seat of two of the chakras, or energy centres (see p.12), found along the centre line of the body. The Crown chakra, at the tap of the head, is related to aur essence and spirituality, and the Pineal or Brow chakra, at the centre of the forehead, is related to clear seeing, intuition and intellect. In a head-oriented cuIture, we sometimes tind aur fiind racing and overloaded. Instead of clarity of thought we experience confusion and weariness. The result of this is often a headache. There are a variety of other causes for headaches - one of the commonest is stress, which can creare tension in the muscles of the neck, shoulders and scalp. Other types of headache include those resulting from sinus congestion, colds or fiu; menstrualrelated headaches; headaches following whiplash or neck injury; and migraines - recurring, throbbing headaches, which may be accompanied by nausea or vomiting. Both massage and Shiatsu have effective treatments for headaches and head congestion, so in the following pages we have included helpful sequences from both.

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or if you have pain in taur arm. Ifyou have had a whlplash inJuryand keep getting headaches. 5 Pressing and circling jaw muscles Rest the pads of faur fingers an the jaw muscles.'-. It is also helpful to fie in a darkened room and apply a cald compress (see p. mar be particularly beneficiat. Keep faur shaulders relaxed. ISsevere. allawing her head ta rest against faur bady. Naw begin ta press and circle faur fingers aver the whale area of the jaw muscles.- ~. 45 the stroke in Step 2 which circles the temples.i 4 Massaging scalp along hairline Stand behind faur partner. . 46 "'" . With faur hands in a "spider" shape.~'" '. using as much pressure as faur partner needs. facus an faur hara and maintain a light steady contact far a few minutes. 91) to the forehead.. seek medical help and advice at once. 1055 of vision and/or epileptic fits. it would be wise to see an osteopath or doctor to check for joint damage. Ifyau have difficulty finding them. --- 6 Fingertip healing Ask faur partner ta facus an her breath and let faur fingertips come ta rest veri lightly in twa vertical lines an either side af her farehead. Travel slawly.. which causes these muscles ta rise and falI.54-9). rest faur fingers an the cheeks and ask faur partner ta clench and unclench her teeth. a fever. and is accompanied by a very stiff neck or back. Neck and Upper back (see pp. from the tap afthe farehead araund ta the base of the skull. Wark slawly and tharaughly ta release tensian.COMMON AILMENTS Continued from p. drowsiness or confusion. abave the middle af her eyebraws. use the tips af faur fingers ta massage the scalp right alang the hairline. Caution. Ifa headache comes on suddenly. Many headaches willalso respond well to the sequence given in Shoulders. weakness in a limb.

up and over the ears. Repeat a few times. curve above the ears and around the nm of the skullto the centre base. Repeat.HEAD "'- 7 Stroking over tap of head Rest the middle and ring fîngers of one hand on the middle of the forehead and those of the other in the hollow at the centre base of the skull. Continue down to the chin tip then along the Jaw bone. and off. and using the same fîngers of each hand. When faur flngers meet at the centre. then around the mouth. Now lightlystroke faur fîngers from the forehead up and across the centre fine of the skull and down to meet the fîngers at the base. Then puii both hands out and away from the body as if dralning tension away from the back of the head. down the sldes of the neck. stroke down and then out and right around each eye. 9 Strokingaround hairline Beginas before. faur fîngers touchlng at the centre of faur partner's forehead. down alongside the nose. JI.. Repeat the movement several times. along the tors of the shoulders. Oivldefaur hands and draw faur flngers right along the hairllne. letting faur fîngers meet under the lower lip. Draw faur fîngers lightly up to the tor of the head then dlvide faur hands. Repeat several times. puII them back away from the head as before. Then stroke gentlystraight up to her hairline. 8 Strokingheadto shoulders Stand behind faur partner and gently rest the same fîngers of each hand on the centre of her forehead. 10 Face massage sequence Starting at the centre of the forehead. along the rim of the skull to the centre base and off. 47 . . coming down the sides of the head behind the ears.

If the tsubos are painful. as in Step 6. Focus faur attention on the parts of the scalp that feel most tender to her. using faur thumbs and fingers in a slow shampooing motion that travels over the whole area."" '" \ . cup her forehead with one hand and let the other support the back of the neck between stretched thumb and forefinger. such as feet.' '-f 2 Shiatsu neck stretch Support faur partner from behind.t'" ~ .""" 3 Shiatsu neck side roll With faur partner's head stil! forward. Finallyreturn the head to an upright position. ease them slightly back... Place faur hands on the back of her head while her head sinks forward to the point of resistance. " :i {' I Shiatsu scalp massage Bring faur partner's head forward and support her forehead in faur cupped palm. and upper back and any imbalances can affect different parts of the head. Most of the mendians concerned with these functions run through the neck. Pressingtsubos an the meridian lines in other parts of the body..v 'tii' '. Hold for up to 30 seconds. shoulders and neck. and agitate the point slightly in a comfortable way. legs. shoulders. as shown here. Do net apply strong pressure.~ \. can also help ta relieve pain in the head. With faur free hand begin to massage the whole of the scalp. Now slowly tilt the head back to rest on the hand supporting the neck and begin ta raII it gently in a semi-circle from side ta side. will release stagnant energy in the appropriate meridians and help relieve headaches. '("<C'" /\. ". 48 ~ . while she breathes deeply.COMMON AILMENTS Headaches: Shiatsu Headaches are frequently caused by poor digestion and inadequate elimination of toxins. wlth faur elbows resting on the front of her shoulders. !: . hold them with light pressure. arms and shoulders. . hands. Working around the upper back.

Continue. Reverse faur position and repeat on the other side. 49 L . to connect up ani polnts that are tender. make firm circling and vibrating movements aIIover the area between the spine and the shoulder blade and up on to the muscles at the tor of the shoulder. working the soft tissue between the bones. With the heel of faur other hand. with light pressure. using faur thumbs. as shown below right. beslde faur partner. then release slowly. 6 Shiatsu connecting points Kneel. Use faur body weight to apply pressure gradually. press into the small indentation on the outside of the shoulder bone with faur thumb. as indicated in the illustration left. near to the neck. Repeat the technique. moving outward along the shoulder. 5 Shiatsu pressing tap of shoulders Stand behind faur partner and place the balls of faur thumbs on tor of her shoulders. Hold for up to 30 seconds. with one knee up. hold for a few seconds. use faur other thumb and forefinger to squeeze gently Into the fleshy part between the bones of her thumb and her forefinger. With one hand on her shoulder.HEAD 4 Shiatsu heel-of-hand massage Stand beside faur partner and place one of faur hands on her upper chest. Meanwhile.

Move down a little way and repeat the stroke.#' t "\.r the tips of faur foreflngers unde the rims af her upper eye saeke by her nose. 50 . the tiny passageways inta the sinuses become blacked. Slowly and flrmly sweep out in a curving line that travels out ta the hairline and away. '-~"' ~ . . then release. and press up under the rim of each cheek bone. Move a step outward on each side and repeat the pressure. build up pressur~ hold and release. and mar cause aching in With faur partner Iyingdawn. I \ \ 2 Clearing cheek bones Begin with faur thumbs an the cheek bones. until yau reach the base of the cheek bones. start clase to the sides of the nose. Now push up and ~ under the bones.COMMON AILMENTS Sinus congestion The sinuses are air spaces in the I Pressing around ere socket skull that connect with the cavity inside the nase. Check that the amaunt af pressure yau are usingfeels right.21).-" the face ar a headache. just below the eyes and next to the nose. The fal/awing sequence warks around and across the banes where the sinuses are lacated and shauld be dane slawly and sensitively. ~. Use either marjaram ar lavender essence here (see p. Continue alongthe edge of the bone until you get to the ears. and when the mucous membranes af the nase are inflamed ar congested. Thls can lead ta d/scomfart and inflammatian in the sinuses. 3 Pressing under cheek bones Using the tips of the flrst two flngers of each hand. Work in this way in strips down the cheek bones from side of nose to hairline. using faur thumbs ta pres: the lower sockets.. Move a step outward and repeat. hold. with faur partner Iyingdawn. Cirele bathe! sockets. Gradually build pressure.

3 ShiatsuIn-Do point Kneel and ask faur partner ta lie dawn. A face and head massage can help to clear congestion. apply it ta faur upper chest as well. ane restlng an the ather.21 ). any of the sequences in this sectlon on the head mar be useful.HEAD Colds The cammon cald is a virus infectlon. Use faur lawer flngertip ta "sense" while the upper ane subtil creates the mavement. and let her lean agalnst Iau. deep circling mavements ta rub the aii quite tharaughly inta the skin. between and veri slightly higher than the eyebraws. which relieves heaviness in the head caused both by calds and sinus problems. I Self-helpoii rub Use eucalyptus ar rasemary essence (see p. Place faur middle flngertips. 51 . supparting her head an faur knees. The two Shlatsu techniques shown work on the tsubas. Use smalt.ll). With light pressure. applying pressure with faur flngertips. and the probability of catching colds rises when faur natural resistance is lowered. Ifyau have a chesty cald. and the In-Do point on the forehead. Rosemaryor eucalyptus essences mar be helpful (see p. which help to clear cangestion and aid elimination of mucus. Curve bath faur hands aver her shaulder jaints sa that faur flngertips rest in the valleys between her shaulders and chest. mave the skin sensitively in tlny circles aver thls tsubo. Gently massage the aii inta the whale area araund faur nase and sinuses. 2 Shiatsu lung tsubos Stand behind faur partner. Naw mave faur flngers sllghtlyfarward an ta the muscles and massage in small circles. AII you can really do is let a cald run /ts caurse.

. it is the shoulder and neck muscles that tend to hold tension the most. The spinal nerves travel through the vertebrae of the neck and on down the spine. shoulder and chest area to hold them in. 52 . carrying messages between the brain and all other parts of the body. And the throat houses the voice-box. being the posture of the "startle reflex" when we galvanize ourselves to meet game real or imagined threat. Major blood vessels in the neck link the body to the head. as well as the passages for food and air. or through the voice. Tense raised shoulders can reflect fear. When we are under stress. unwise lifting or sudden. When we boule up aur feelings we actually tighten muscles in the throat. SHOULDERS AND UPPERBACK Bridging the head and the shoulders. " ~~ \ .. For all these reasons this area often causes us discomfort.12) are also expressed through the arms. which relates ta the expression of feelings via arm or body movements. "Heart" feelings (see Heart chakra p. This area also links with the Throat chakra (see p.iarring movements. the neck is a busy junction where a huge amount of activity takes place.NECK.. and the whole shoulder and neck area can be easily strained by overuse.12). The shoulder joints have the widest range of movement in the body..

stretching the neck. p.21).S4-5.When applylngthe following massage strokes. Ask faur partner ta saI what feels particulariI gaad. Then slightly lift and gently turn the head ta rest an ane af faur cupped hands. Make sure faur thumbs dan't drag an the ears. Naw use faur free hand ta massage the back af the neck in slaw flrm cireles. Repeat from Step 2 an the ather side. and go slowly. I Stroking and stretching back of neck With faur partner Iyingan her back use bath hands alternately ta strake up the back afthe neck fram base ta skull. pushing faur flngers underneath it wlth cireling mavements ta reach different parts. Check that the pasltian feels camfartable. Naw glide faur hands alang the back af the head and slide aff at the tap. Compresses (see p. 92) omit Sters 4 and 8. by sudden jarring movements. SHOULDERS AND UPPER BACK Neck stiffness. Try rosemary essence (see p. keep your touch gentle but firm. \" 2 Turninghead and circling backof neck First cur bath faur hands araund and under faur partner's skull.NECK. always remain wlthin the threshold of pain. with faur thumbs resting in front af the ears. ar from getting very cald from strainingmusc/es or Ilgaments. Then cur faur hands under the back afthe head and puii taward Iau. Slawly squeeze and knead the musele. maving right up ta the skull base. 3 Kneadingmuscleat baseof neck Slide faur hand dawn ane side af the neck and grasp the musele at the tap af the shaulder between faur flngers and thumb. 91) can alsobe helpful for neckache. arthritis andstrain Stiffness in the neck may be caused by sleeping in an awkward posltion. If faur partner has arthritis of the neck(see p. 53 ~ . or simplI from being anXlOUS.

. " " ' "' ' . /t ) I .' \ " ' .t\' 'fF'~- V ) ." "" ' "r . Release and stretch again. Press firmly dawn taward her hand. .. chin taward chest. fingers painting taward the flaar.'. ta glide dawn the side af the neck and alang the shaulder ta the tap af the shaulder jaint. Bring her head dawn again and repeat.~7 .. '.. °-o "". f .V J ~. "".':".:d .:-~ \~'" '\" "- 4" {\ I .. '\\.\.i'j" ". ..." ' 7) ) 54 . . . Tilt the head right back sa the chin comes up as high as passible.::~"'.hw "'< . " ~tf" ) '-\ (.\ ) ')"'-"'. as shawn belaw.. . .JI' . '.' " ' . ~' '.. \ . . stretching the side af the neck between faur twa hands./' . -. ta the paint af resistance. Then bring her head gently back ta rest.the ather an tap af her head.~~. \. Then glide back up the shaulder and neck and repeat the stretch twice mare."... as shawn.r" "" " . ~/. Naw reverse faur hands and stretch the ather side af the neck. Naw cup ane hand under the skull. I " 'il ~-"' .~ . ~:./"'" '" ( . " \ I Î.:..r-~~~ l' y~' 5 Stretching neck forward and backward Cup bath faur hands under faur partner's skull and slawly lift her head farward.. fingers painting taward the flaar. '~ \" '\. Naw use faur free hand. as shawn left. 1'.COMMON AILMENTS 4 Stretching side of neck Cup ane af faur hands under faur partner's skull and draw her head sideways taward her shaulder. " . ~ ' "" "" .. .'..' '"..

just below the rim of your skull. Caution: If you feel dizzy or experience pain. . Do this for about five minutes a Gaj. ~'-d knot the end. Then reverse the positions of your two hands and repeat the stroke an the other side. your hand cradling her cheek. one on each side. ? f '\.' 7 Neck massage with partner sittinK Let your partner sit at a table. SHOULDERS AND UPPER BACK 6 Self-help neck Put two tennis balls into a sock and '" for arthritis and aching f '" .- ! 8 Rotating the neck Stand behind your seated partner and put your wrist under her chin.J l. stop at once. firm kneading strokes. supporting her head with her hands. Move slowly. Lie down with the balls l "\ at the tap of your neck. T ry also massaging the upper shoulders and base of the neck with slow. Cup the opposite side of her head with your other hand. letting your partner be your guide for the amount of pressure needed. ~~~:v >. Release the head a little.NECK. as this is a continuation of the neck muscle. Now slowly turn the head by simultaneously pulling the cheek and pushing against the slde ofthe head until you reach the point of resistance. 55 . \ / 1 ~ q ! \ . It can be very soothing for aching necks ar osteoarthritis. Gently squeeze and stroke the back and sides of her neck with rhythmical movements. and then take it back to the resistance point two mare times.

. 3 Rotating shoulder joint Cup your outermost hand under your partner's shoulder joint. Try bergamot or rosemary essence here (see p. 50 by worklng here you can Influence these organs and help treat such ailments as asthma or bronchial complaints. Caution. Now start to lift and rotate the shoulder joint in a large slow circle. In Shiatsu. Circlearound the blade and back to the tap of the shoulder. Repeat several times. the upper back relates to the lungs and heart. Repeat the whole movement several times. Emotional stress can also cause tlghtness in the muscles. Muscular pain in thls area can also be eased using compresses (see p.3. 90. while your other hand holds her upper arm just above the elbow. Lift her hand on to her lower back and cup your outermost hand under her shoulder. clase to the neck.2l). Repeat on the other side from Step 1. 2 Pressing flat of blade and squeezing along ridge With the heel of your free hand. Before treatlng arthritic or injured joints see pp. /' '~. and firmly liftthe muscle. at your partner's side. facing Upperbackandshou0er seiffness or pain Stlffness in the upper back can be caused by muscle strain or arthritlS. Now cup your free hand over the tap of the shoulder. S6 II II U . as can spending long hours sitting at a desk or maktng repetitive arm movements.. Clasp your fingers around the tap of the ridge and squeeze your hand out toward the shoulder joint.Then continue down along the edge of the shoulder blade. After several circulations change direction and rotate the shoulder the other way. push slowly and firmly up the flat of the blade from base to tap until your hand meets the ridge of bone running along the tap of the blade. pushing in under the rim. going to the point of resistance aII the way around. COMMON AILMENTS I Circlingshoulderblade Kneel her head. 91).

' y ...~~ -0"'-"'~ l' '~"'- . .. '-."...~. with faur thumbs in her palm. and then spend some time working slowly around the joint.I f 1 -" .. " ~. """'- "" ... "... . Release the pressure and then stretch again two or three times. pressing into the saft tissue between the bones with faur thumbs and fingers. NECK./ I ...-'~ . T ( " ~. Use both hands alternately to squeeze and stroke along the muscle. .. Now lifther arm and stretch it away from you up and out above her head. Slowly and firmly draw faur hands taward Iau. . "'. facing taward her head. \ ..~ .~ . .. 57 .. ~'fS:'F ~ .~ f l \J l .. just belaw the collar bane...::.:F~ ~~.. squeezing aut taward the shaulder joint. SHOULDERS AND UPPER BACK 4 "Sandwiching" out to shoulder )J" ~}\ 'j? I ' """ " ~--... ~ -I l' ~/ ....! { 5 Kneading tap of shoulderandjoint Begin to do some broad strokes from the neck along the tor of the shoulder toward the joint..' .-.-' s "'" (e ~--.-- .. - joint on her back.-.. Take hold of her wrist and hand between both of yaurs.>\ i~ _. t .?~1 ~ ~~-.. "' ~!i/ " 6 Stretching shoulder joint Kneelby faur partner's side.. With faur partnerIying sit at her side facing toward her shoulders. .~~ ~'. Let the arm down to rest by the side and then repeat the stroke on the other sidefrom Step 4. ":"'1~ f ..."~?. 'i '1 ~ \..' \ '-' .-~ . Repeat the strake several times.~.""'. Place one hand under her upper back at the base of the neck and the ather hand an the centre of her chest./" o' ..rc/'" ." l~ I \ .!(.'" ~'~~ "".

- II . . I ~. i.) Repeat several times.. \ " "~.' ~'. \ !. '\ii.>i/"" '<> . as shown below left.~ \.. Now puii faur hands toward you. J 58 --~ - - - .COMMON AILMENTS 7 Pullingup alongspinalmuscles Sit at faur partner's head and push both hands about a hand's length under the back on either side of the spine.. then slowly draw faur hands up along these muscles to the base of the neck.~~)"" ~"" . Push both hands under the shoulder blade until faur fingertips reach the spine. \ '~ " ~t> t G ~ "'. (See vertical arrows below. 8 Pressing near spine and shaking shoulder Sit facing faur partner's side.". ironing out knots of tension. With the pads of faur fingers slowly press up into the muscles clase to the spine./ "' . at shoulder level.~ II. to the rim of the shoulder blade (see horizontal arrows left) and lift and shake the whole shoulder quite vigorously.:."-1. as shown below right. . ~ . . Press up with the pads of faur fingers into the muscles clase to each side of the spine. Repeat on the other side.c. Press different areas alongside the upper spine. ~.

Upper back stiffness and pain: Shiatsu Deep pressure down the bladder meridians in the upper back will relax thls whole area and willaffect the functioning of the lungsand heart. 59 ~ . Repeat twa or three times. Hold for a moment or two. at the tap of her upper back. The back needs to be seen as a whole. place the side of ane of faur legs against her back and cup her elbaws in faur hands. ) ""-"'"--. Move from faur hara to increase the pressure through faur hands and work slowly and carefully down the muscles of her upper back. Whenever possible treat the mid and lower back areas too. ask her to put her hands behind her head. Ask her to breathe aut and gently stretch her elbaws back as you brace her back with faur leg. then release slowly and move in this way down her upper back. SHOULDERS AND UPPERBACK I Shiatsu thumb pressure down bladder meridian With faur partner Iyingon her front. with fingers interlaced. Repeat this technique three times. 2 Shiatsu upper back stretch Ask faur partner to sit back on her heels and stretch her arms over faur thighs."" 3 Shiatsu elbow stretch With faur partner sitting crosslegged or on her heels. Gradually apply pressure by moving faur weight on to faur thumbs. since pain in the upper back can also be caused by lumbar problems. sit at her head and place the pads of faur thumbs on either side of her spine. however. then release. Encourage her to relax her neck and back and place the sides of faur hands either side of her spine at the base of her neck. These stretching techniques willopen the upper chest and help relieve this stiffness.NECK. Standing behind her. Hald. Weakness in the front of the shoulders often causes tightness in the upper back meridians and muscJes.

CHEST The chest is the emotional centre of the body. 41). housing aur Heart chakra (see p. . rest both hands gently on your partner's chest and tune in to the breathing rhythm. Those who suffer from chest problems can try cutting down dairy produce (thought to create mucus) and those who smoke should give it tip. bear in fiind that the front of the body is mare vulnerable and "open" than the back. love and selfdevelopment. may also be triggered by anxiety and upset. oiI and soothe the chest first. the ribcage expands and contracts freely as we inhale and exhale. Before beginning. Ii your partner is undressed. Asthma attacks. and others that will aid and deepen the breathing.-~ "'" ~ r 60 . It is also the centre of breathing and if aur chest is not constricted by tension. The following pages contain strokes that will help loosen mucus from the chest. which relates to compassion. When massaging this area. using the strokes from the whole body massage (see p. Any tension in the chest area will restrict the breath and hence limit the amount of oxygen that we take in and use.hence the expression "get it off your chest". Chest problems are often due to bottling up feelings . though often an allergic reaction.12).

Adapt faur pressure ta faur partner's wishes. !f' r 4 -'" '~.~ r. .~ "-. of muscle. 61 . "2Cupping onribs Put faur handsinta a cupped position (seep. Then thump dawn ta the start again. Cupping onthe upper back area affects the upper labesof the lungs. tL . Repeat an the ather side.1" ..." 'i . Change sides andrepeat an the othersideof the chest.. ' """...'" ". placethe heelsof faur handsjust beyand the .1.from bottom ta tap andbackagain. Leaningfram faur hips.untilyau reach the base of the neck.'" ".('// " / "-' '.. .21). ....J '~""""iJ/. Â '\ 1>.j. Repeat this stroke. Easlng themusc/es alongside the spme willaffectthe nerves leading toaII theorgansof the chest.CHEST Chest congestion These strokeswill help to relieve anI tension in the chest caused by bronchial infectionsand asthma.""'" """ tfC!(if}.. begina rapid alternating clapping strokeaver the whale far side offaur partner'sribcage..""" "" !j e.:". at the side of the spine.:t. maving . .thump the back of faur flngers quite rapidly." <". . Repeat an the ather side. facingfaur partner's side.""\"l .whileslidingfaur flngers up alangsidethe spine(nat directii an it).tf ~ . ' ~ ~. Try bergamat ar eucalyptusessences here (see p. r 4\ /' ' """::/ }.For these (Steps 2 and3) your partner needs acushion underhis belly 50 that his upper badyislower than his hips. /\ .." . . ~ t!~ " " 3 Thumping aiongside spine Place the flatsoffaur flngersan the ridge of musclenearest ta Iau. with joase wnsts. 'I!IIi .>. " \ l." -. Let faur weight press dawn as yau slide faur hands autward acrass the ridge - tI"".. I slawly dawn ta the baseof the ribs..26)./ ..J-I .. ""':: '". . " " . Thepercussion strokes crea te vibration in the chest cavity andlungsand can help toloosen mucusand phlegm from the bronchial tubes. " . / I far edge of the spine at the tap. f~ ~' " ' i ..r .' . .~ f ." ' . .". / \.Then.with faur ather hand ina joase flst.Avaid working directii an thespine itself.:i u '...fi .. I Pushing muscles at sideof spine Kneel up.r' .~ ' :.".. Startingat the mid back.~ ' ~ . /: .. . r. /'. .

. so that faur tai! bone liftsa little way off the floor (see receiver below)..-. - \ I Breathing exercise with pelvic movements (for receiver alone) Lie on faur back. o-' ~ . letting faur pelvis swing forward in the opposite direction. glide up the centre of his body to the tap of the chest and over the shoulders (see above). Place faur hands on his belly. and nor the other wayaround. ---" ~~.Here we give instructions separately for giver and recelVer.-" 62 -. As he inhales.COMMON AILMENT5 Breathing exercise for chest problems This is a breathing exerose that derives from bioenergetics. 2 Co-ordinating stroke (for giver) Sit at faur partner's hips and watch his breathing pattern.. but it 15up to the giver to keep rime with the receiver. Inhale. and as he exhales slide faur hands down the sides of his chest applying some pressure as air is expelled {see below). Then exhale fully. then rest. \ .~_. The movement also helps you to fiiiand empty the lungs fully. it can be equally effective done by yourself Rocking the pelvis as you breathe helps to exaggerate healthy respiratory movements. Repeat several tlmes. Repeat several times. and although it is accompanied here by a partner. with faur knees up and feet shoulder-width apart. rocking faur pelvis back so that faur sacrum presses into the floor and faur lower back hollows (see recelver in i!lustration above).

gently lean faur body welght through faur hands on to hls chest. With stra ight arms bring faur body over faur . I Shiatsu pressing down on shoulders Kneeling at faur partner's head. wlth careand respect as thlS area 15 thecentre of emotions and ca bevulnerablein many people.apply pressure agalnstthe rlse of his chest. Then suddenly release faur pressure before he reaches full inhalation. Now move faur flngers slowly up the bone. To encourage full exhalation. \ 63 \ . rup the tops of hls shoulder joints and rest the heels of faur hands in the valleys between shoulders and chest. 2 Shiatsuchest release Kneelat faur partner's head and place the heels of both hands beneath his collar bone. Hold for nve seconds and \ release. Repeat twice mare. ( . pauslng as he exhales and moving anii with his inhalation. 3 Shiatsu centring technique Support faur partner's head on faur knees and stroke through hls hair. Repeat the sequence twice. resting faur flngers on tap of hls head. hands and lean some of faur welght down on to his shoulders. the eliminatlon of encouraglng tOXInS and mucus. bronchitis and asthma: Shiatsu and respiratory Circulatory functions take place In the chest and Shlatsu willincrease the energy tathese two vital systems.CHEST Coughs. The technique shown in Step 2should nor be used on asthma 5ufferers. As he takes a deep breath In. Work . Rounded 5houlders and a hunched bac/<are Indlcatlons that the person is protectlng a weak chest. Place the flngers of faur other hand softly on the base of his breast bone and pause.

As the arms. and the joints from rheumatic complaints such as arthritis (see p. These injuries can respond well ta massage in their recuperative stages.90). aur arms and hands are also vehicles of self-expression.12) and with them we are able to express a huge range of feelings . aided especially by aur "opposable" thumbs.from reaching out tenderly in love and affection. They relate to the Throat and Heart chakras (see p.ARMS AND HANDS aur arms are crucial for aur survival and how we relate to the world. wrists and hands are so mobile and are used constantly in everyday activities. Careful working with massage aratind the joints of the hand can bring relief and comfort. .92). These thumbs probably make aur hands the most skilful biological organs to have evolved. Ever since we stood upright during the process of evolution we have been able to use aur arms for a whole variety of activities. to warding off danger. to expressing hatred and rage by beating or hitting. 64 . the joints and muscles can be subiect to sprains or strains if they are stressed or overstretched (see p. Hands and arms can also sometimes suffer from cramps. Tennis elbow is a common strain of the arID for which we have given a massage sequence bere.

" i. tlrm thumb movements that push alternately upward and autward. payingspecial attention to the outer (Iateral) part oftheelbow.21).~~ ~ "'~ his sideand begin ta knead his upper arm with tlrm. J / " '\ \ .~ . Now beginto work slowly withyourthumbs and tlngers around thewholejoint.':::'~ . rhythmical squeezing strakes. face . }. 2Massage around elbow joint your partner's arm on your Support knee. and then the front. This sequence can be particularii helpful after an initial rest penod and ice treatment (see p. '\ " " \".' "'""""""./ ) ... . "-- < ~" I t~I . Before treating arthritic or inJured Joints see pp. The sequence can also be helpful for cramp (see also p. .1 /. ~ .. crassingthe tlbres of the musclesthat run dawn the arm. givingspecial attentian ta the muscles of the farearm.. .85) or aching arms.. cramp.. just below the elbaw. strains Tennis elbow is a strain caused by overstretching the musc/es and tendons of the forearm at the outer side of the elbow...t ARMS AND HANDS Tennis elbow.3... Travel rightdawn ta his wrist.. This strain can also happen after overuse in such activities as sawing.'. ~ I Kneadingarms '\ ). "'. Caution. ' . ..but if there is soreness. sothat hiselbow is slightly ralsed. and pain is felt when the person grips or bends the arm when lifting heavy things.\ "'"" ..Stayfocused on the underlying structures. Wait for one to two days before massaging. " ~. of his forearm from the wrist with slow. 91). ~".. . 65 . \'. )1 ! ~" \ fi ~ \ . Kneadtharaughly up and dawn the arm twa ar three times.."." '1 .<. Use rosemary essence here (see p.>-1"V< '\ ~'-1. 90. 3 Thumbing across fibres of forearm Slightly raise your partner's lower arm and work tlrst up the back... . ." \J ' I '~ ". ~~.' x "'1 '1. Give extra attentian ta the area just belaw the elbaw. '\ ~ .< . .".". work with sensitivity.-::ilw. . With yaur partnerIyingdawn. ~\ ~~ " l/ :/ . '\ Li \. .. ~ p-}.

':\.~~ """'°f/".. 90-3..( " ... 4 Opening the palm Let faur partner's palm facethe floor and placethe heelsaf faur handson the back of hishandand faur fingers in his palm. ~ """\ ~~ 66 0) \.~ ""'" . '" "t . 1 \ '" "J \: .- "~--2 Flexing wrist With his arm still upright. .40). With faur free hand press down with faur palm on the back of his hand. rolling his wrist between them Writer'scrampismusc/efatigue " arislngfrom any sustained. ~ ..' . Â.. The sequence on these two pages mar be useful and your partner can either fie or sit.r - 1 . ~. L) /~ (". asyou go.. Now move faur handsrapidly backand forth. now stretch the front of hiswrist by pushingdown on his palm with faur own palm. His hand should flap loasely asyau da this stroke. ". Support his hand by holding hiswrist. ..re 1_-"'~ 7. . along with the hand massages from Whole Body (see p. \ ).. ' ~ \\\ 1) "'. next stretch the back of the wrist. Pressslowly to the point of resistance. '. "' . . with faur palmsor the back and front of hiswrist. .' '1: '\ ~ ~I ) ~ ~ ~--~'l~ "" "\ \ '\ '" I Wrist rolling Support faur partner's forearm inar upright position.-". j }" " ( '" "Ii. :... repetitive movement of the hand.COMMON AILMENTS Hand and wrist pro~s Arthnk hands can benefit from gentle and sensitive massage around the joints.~ 7 /' ".While you are doing this support his lower arm with faur other hand.. then release. 'l I .". " '}!. Naw press down with the heelsaf faur hands and firmly lift with faur fingerssa that yau apen and spread the bones of his palm. \ _\ \ . Try out the strokes shown here. Fingersand thumbs can suffer from sprains or stralns (see p. ( .' . Do this slowly and carefully as you can reach the point of resistance quite quickly. \ " A! ..:. \ \. to see which feel best." 3 Extending wrist With hisarm in the sameposition... Caution: Before treating arthritic or injuredjoints see pp.. ~~ ...""" I .' y r. 90) and massage can help healingand mobi/ity in the recovery period..

Extend each ftnger in turn." . 6 Press in ftrmly from both sides and work slowly along the groove from wrist to web of ftnger. L ~ "\ :i> )" 1 " '\ . as before.\. 8 Stretching fingers Begin. \~ ' 't ~ V "v . and stretch down the whole length of the ftnger to the tip and off. as shown above.. /"'".. /) "" 6 Extending fingers Stretch the inslde of his knuckle joints by pressing faur thumb on the back of his knuckle.. including the thumb. with faur other hand pushing the ftngertip slowly backward tiI! you reach the point of resistance.) -~"j. pushing intathe softer tlssue. but this time begin to squeeze. Usefaur thumb to slowly circle aroundthe knuckle joint. .. . Give ftrmest pressure on the root and espeCially along the ligaments at the sides of the ftnger.clasp and isolate one of faur partner's ftngers by wrapping aiithe flngers of faur other hand flrmly around 11. Work each knucklein this way. ~ '/'. . use the thumb and flrst ftnger of faur other hand to squeeze along the channels between the bones. ~.. "" -" - }. "- ~ .') 67 . as shown below.ARMS AND HANDS 5 Squeezing along channels Holding faur partner's hand in one hand. It is easier to work two channels with one hand and two with the other. Ask faur partner to sai "when". wring. ""' '" " . .( . by clasping the whole of faur partner's ftnger. \ \ "\ 7 Circling knuckle joint Halding faur partner's hand with ane hand." '~ /' .1 J. )~\ \ J . \ I '"' . .of ~ "".[ """'V.. I~ ~\ ~ -~ .

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