SSUK Press Release: Sustainable Healthcare Day 6th April 2022
The Shiatsu Society, and its partners in the Integrated Healthcare Collaborative (IHC), is supporting the establishment of Sustainable Healthcare Day on 6th April.
“Sustainable Healthcare is one of the most crucial issues facing us as a population. We want you to join us in starting a national conversation about all aspects of this issue, and help to raise it up the political agenda.
“We all have a duty to ensure that our healthcare is provided in ways which are sustainable individually, financially, and environmentally. Every one of us is a stakeholder in our own individual health, and in that of our planet. We all have a voice, and a contribution to make.
“In supporting this first Sustainable Healthcare Day, we want the general public, local communities, scientists, businesses, organisations, medical professionals and politicians to all put forward their vision, their priorities, and how each can play their part.
“Sustainable healthcare needs wider publicity, and greater action from decision-makers. On April 6, join the national conversation about how we can take action. Help us bring this key issue to the forefront of the healthcare agenda.” From IHC Press Release.
In an increasingly complex and technology-driven world, simple, sustainable Shiatsu provides a contrast, with powerful touch-based techniques which can help people to feel more at home in mind and body.
The techniques of Shiatsu – pressure on acupoints, gentle stretches, palming on muscles – need no special equipment or materials, just sensitive hands and compassionate intention. As we all look to reduce our impact on the planet, natural and traditional healthcare practices such as Shiatsu can play a part in providing tools which encourage self-care and responsibility without using up material resources.
Research into Shiatsu has shown that receivers feel “physically more mobile”, “more energised”, more balanced” or “more able to cope with things” (Professor A.F Long, University of Leeds 2007).
The Shiatsu Society feels that Shiatsu therapy offers substantial benefits to healthcare provision in this country – it requires little or no equipment and can be practised in many settings, Shiatsu Society Registered Practitioners all have a minimum of 3 years training and are fully insured, Shiatsu can be accessed by young and old alike, Shiatsu can aid in improving general wellbeing and motivating receivers to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Shiatsu Society members will be contacting MPs, local representatives, community and healthcare providers and other stakeholders in order to find out ideas and visions about sustainable healthcare. These will be fed back to the Integrated Healthcare Collaborative, which will collate contributions from all 27 member associations and will then present the findings widely at Government and local levels.
For further information on IHC visit: www.theihc.org.uk/