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Tips on shiatsu

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The letter from Diana Blower in the Q&A page (Arthritis Today 149) caught my attention with respect to the pain and stiffness she is experiencing in her hands and knees.

I am a keen knitter and gardener. While I was still working I began to notice the pain in my thumb joints and could not grip or pick up lever arch files without dropping them and scattering the contents everywhere. It was also affecting my gardening and I found I could not prune shrubs as I had done in the past as I did not have the strength in my thumbs or without being in constant pain afterwards

At that time my yoga teacher was also training to become a shiatsu practitioner and when he qualified he invited anyone in his class who was interested to attend a day’s insight to shiatsu. It was a very enjoyable and enlightening day and I volunteered to be the patient at the end of the session. Although you can see by my thumb joints that I have experienced arthritis I have no pain or stiffness and can enjoy knitting, gardening and carry out everyday chores.

Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives. The Shiatsu Society can provide more information. I have not looked back since my first session and wonder what my retirement would be like without experiencing shiatsu and its many benefits.
Christine Barfield, Great Missenden, Bucks

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