In a year that has disrupted routines, separated us from friends and family, and provoked a range of strong emotions, one thing is clear: we need touch, as a basic human necessity, as much as we need shelter, food and warmth.
The gentle compassionate touch of Shiatsu can be learned and practised by anyone, and shared with loved ones, as an easy and accessible form of self-care. We are releasing a free-to-download resource every two weeks starting December 4th, and running to the end of January 2021. Check out the links below!
The resources provide tips and guidance on Shiatsu-based practices such as stretches, acupressure, breathwork and dietary suggestions. Each resource theme is specific to how we may be feeling and the support we need at this time of year:
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|Dec 4th||Shiatsu for Winter Wellness||Colds, immunity, respiratory health||FREE RESOURCE|
|Dec 18th||Shiatsu for Mental Health||Relieving stress/anxiety in body/mind||FREE RESOURCE|
|Shiatsu for a Positive New Year||Points and practices for positivity, moving forwards, future vision||FREE RESOURCE|
|Jan 15th||Shiatsu for Embodiment||Grounding, connecting with self||FREE RESOURCE|
|Jan 29th||Shiatsu for SAD||Low mood, finding peace, calm||
Shiatsu-based practices can be learned online too which is why we’re bringing together a handful of expert Member Practitioners to offer “12 Days of Shiatsu” - more on that below.
We know touch is as essential to our existence as shelter, food and warmth - but given the physical restrictions this year it is likely that many of us have been left feeling ‘touch-hungry’ and in urgent need of supportive and compassionate touch. As Shiatsu Practitioners we know that without an adequate level of positive touch, people can feel lonely and depressed.
It follows that touch has arguably become one of this year’s hot topics in wellness circles. The BBC explored this with its excellent Radio 4 Anatomy of Touch and within this the Touch Test, an online study commissioned by Wellcome Collection in collaboration with BBC Radio 4. This identified nine key findings and perhaps one of the most pertinent is that “People who like interpersonal touch tend to have higher levels of well-being and lower levels of loneliness”.
Of course, this is probably nothing new in the Shiatsu world but it’s encouraging to see studies and findings on this being shared in mainstream media. The more positive touch we experience right now, the more feel-good hormones (such as oxytocin) that we can benefit from to lift mood and calm the body. Let’s not forget that touch isn’t just important for now - we each need touch, for life.
How to get involved
Download the resources from the SSUK website homepage or the SSUK Facebook page, and leave a comment letting us know how you find the practices shared. These are simple things that everyone can do to feel their best through these cold winter months, please share these resources with friends and family too!
12 Days of Shiatsu
We have put a festive twist on this end of year period! Get some Shiatsu support at this busy time of year, if you cannot get to an in-person treatment (or even if you can!) by joining one of 12 online Shiatsu classes run by Practitioner Members.
Even better, share the Shiatsu love by giving the gift of an experience! Buy a ticket for your nearest and dearest - events will be running throughout December and to the end of January 2021 so there will be a selection to choose from (with rates set by each Member). The schedule (including pricing) is can be found here and on the SSUK Facebook page.
We appreciate the support of all the Member Practitioners who contributed ideas to the Touch for Life resources.