BODY & SOUL
Everyone can benefit from shiatsu and massage!
Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience that strengthens and supports the body. Or treat yourself to a massage that will unwind you fully from everyday life.
What is shiatsu?
Working with the body’s energy
Shiatsu is a Japanese form of physical manipulation that is based on Chinese medicine. The purpose is to stimulate a person’s natural healing forces to correct internal malfunctions.
The shiatsu therapist works with the body’s energy, called ‘Ki’ in Japanese. Ki is said to be the vital life force that nourishes your body and life. It travels through the body along the meridians (pathways of Ki), which correspond to the functioning of the internal organs.
SHU, SHOKU, DO, SO
Breathing, ingestion & movement
Everybody is born with an original amount of Ki and as you grow and live, you acquire Ki from eating and drinking, from breathing and your environment. The following aspects are important for a healthy living, to maintain and nourish your Ki:
Shu – breathing
Be conscious of your breathing. Many people breathe too shallow; more deep breathing stimulates optimal blood circulation and Ki flow.
Shoku – ingestion (eating and drinking)
Listen to what the body truly needs. Nourish your body (life), don’t overeat.
Do – body ‘movement’ (internal organs and external limbs movement)
Spend daily some time to exercise and play. Take care of a good rest; being able to relax is very important.
So – mind ‘movement’ (thinking)
Thoughts like doubt, no clarity of mind, hate, jealousy, envy, fear, etc. can cause a lot of stress. When above three aspects (Shu, Shoku, Do) are balanced, a clear mind is fostered. Receiving shiatsu is another tool to develop a peaceful mind.
Physically: How it works
Shiatsu uses the thumbs, fingers, palms and sometimes elbows, knees and feet to apply gentle pressure to the body. Also techniques like stretches and joint mobilisations may be used.
The treatment is done fully clothed, lying on a futon on the floor. Pillows and blankets are sometimes used to support the body and enhance the treatment.
Shiatsu promotes the free flow of energy within the body!
A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO HEALTH
Letting the Ki flow
The amount and flow of Ki is affected by your emotional state, which is ultimately related to the body, mind and spirit. Therefore, your emotions or mental state have a direct influence on the function of your body.
Under healthy conditions Ki flows freely through the meridians in a balanced state. If there is something wrong on a physical, emotional or spiritual level, Ki stagnates in the meridians producing sickness.
While treating sickness a person is viewed in terms of his or her own body uniqueness; the basic constitution and condition are taken into consideration. Also a person’s environment is being looked at. In fact, the person is being treated not the sickness as such.
Often a physical problem appears in one part of the body, and you get the impression that this is the only part that has a problem, while actually the problem exists in the body as a whole.
Therefore, shiatsu provides a holistic treatment meaning the whole person is being treated; body, mind and spirit.
What to expect
Working with the body
To treat yourself to a massage is taking time out for you. It’s having a moment just for you to relax and recover from your busy or demanding life.
The human touch, in a context that is safe, friendly and professional, can be incredibly therapeutic, relaxing and a great way to honor yourself and your personal well-being as you navagate through life.
Like shiatsu, massage is using your body’s own natural ways to heal itself.
Physically: How it works
The massages are a combination of Swedish and Thai massage including deep tissue techniques and influenced by shiatsu. The massage will be tailored made to your needs. Depending on this, one or the other style can be more useful.
Massage helps the following
– Reduces stress
– Eases anxiety and depression
– Improves blood circulation: more oxygen and nutrients to your bodily cells and more waste products out of your system
– Boosting the body’s natural defense system by stimulating the flow of lymph
– Increases mobility and flexibility
– Centers the mind and body
– Encourages a restful sleep
– And it’s good for your skin!
Massage promotes the free flow of energy within the body!
Let me introduce myself
“True health comes from joy in life!”
“My journey in bodywork began in 2010. I started following courses in Thai massage and I was instantly hooked; my passion for bodywork was born.
Fascinated by Eastern medicine I started the 4-year HBO study at Iokai Shiatsu in 2012. This study included a 2-year program on Western medicine (anatomy, physiology and pathology).
In 2016, I completed my studies and started working full time as a massage therapist. I attended many training sessions in various types of oil massage such as pregnancy, deep tissue, relaxation, and more. As my experience in bodywork grew, so did my passion.
This led me to create my own business, Shumara. My mission is to give people a moment of deep relaxation from their often busy or complex lives by reconnecting with the body, stimulating the body to heal itself and above all, to offer some peace of mind.
The human body intrigues me: how it works anatomically, how it’s influenced by our emotions and thoughts (and vice versa), how it’s affected by bodily movements, by the foods we eat, by our genes, life style, posture, environment and much more.
Because of this interest I will be attending workshops in the fields of shiatsu, massage and other types of bodywork and intend to keep on learning until I am very, very old!”
What to expect?
The session time includes an initial consultation which can take up to 15 minutes.
The shiatsu session is done fully clothed, lying on a futon on the floor. Therefore, wear (or bring) some loose, comfortable clothing for comfort and ease of movement (e.g. sweatpants or leggings).
The session times include a short initial consultation.
WHAT TO KNOW
It is best to wait 2 hours after a big meal before having shiatsu or massage. Avoid if possible strenuous or stressful activities after your session.
CLICK HERE to see whether your shiatsu session will be (partially) reimbursed. Always double-check the website of your health insurer. Your massage session will not be covered by insurance.
Cancellations made less than 48 hours prior to the session will be charged at the half of a full session.
EVERY 10TH MASSAGE SESSION IS FREE!
This will be a 1 hour session of massage. It doesn’t matter which length of sessions you have had.
Buy a voucher for your friend and receive 10% discount on your next session. Minimum voucher 20€.
A glimpse into the Shumara experience
Relaxing the mind
It just feels good
Neck and shoulders
Getting in touch
What was your Shumara experience like?
“Marloes and I have been close friends for years, but when she suggested that I come in for a treatment, I thought, sure! And I’m glad I did. I felt so relaxed and loose when I walked out the door!”
“I didn’t know what to expect when I walked in the door. Marloes instantly put me at ease and once she began the treatment I was feeling Out Of This World!”
“Marloes gave me a really nice massage. Exactly the right balance between a firm and relaxing massage. I’ll be back for more!”
Get in touch
Marloes van Schalkwijk
+31 (0)6 411 925 19
1094 CL Amsterdam
The hourly price for on-street parking is 4,50 euro. This fee is valid between 9:00-21:00. Outside of these hours and on Sundays parking is free. The studio is very accessable by public transport. For more information check: www.9292.nl.
Shumara is registered at/member of:
- KvK: 63327384
- VIS (Vereniging voor Iokai Shiatsu therapeuten): A2016243
- RBCZ (Register Beroepsbeoefenaren Complementaire Zorg): 180588R
- SCAG (geschillencommissie voor de complementaire zorg): 16542