Preceding the massage, the therapist and the client discuss what will be treated. The Shiatsu treatment will take place on a tatami (a judo mat) and will take about 45 minutes. During the treatment, you will only wear your underpants. Various types of massage oils can be used, depending on what is treated. Willow oil, for instance, has an anti-inflammatory agent (that’s why elements of the willow are used to produce aspirin) and rose oil is a good remedy for headaches.
During the first introductory massage, you usually feel immediately whether Shiatsu can be useful for you. Moreover, it is very important that the therapist matches with you. When you and the therapist are compatible, the treatment frequency will be discussed. Experience has shown that often at least six massages are needed to make the treatment effective. The older the complaint is, the more care and treatments the client will need.
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I’ve also been to a sauna centre for a massage on a regular basis, but there is really no comparison. With Louis, you really have the idea that the muscles are being relaxed, that everything’s in the right place again and is supple. However, that doesn’t mean to say that the massages themselves are always relaxing, but they are certainly effective.
The lifestyle which I’ve developed over 35 years will not suddenly change after one or two treatments. However, slowly but surely I notice that I’m changing. The last time it no longer hurt. Louis’ patience of a saint with my stubborn, rebellious body is therefore having results. Wonders never cease!
I personally thought that a worn-out knee couldn’t be treated, but after a number of treatments there was a considerable difference, an improvement. The pain is much less so it is far easier for me to walk quite far.