Shiatsu Therapy Gower

Touching Body’s Wisdom

with Pascale O’Kane

Shiatsu is a traditional body/mind therapy developed in Japan. Through touch, using pressure, holding, rotations, stretches… Shiatsu meets and supports the body’s wisdom and resources for wellness.

Shiatsu is rooted in Traditional Chinese Medicine, working with points and meridians similarly used in Acupuncture. Zen Shiatsu extends that heritage, combining the eastern elemental approach of our human nature with western physiology and psychology yet all the while and most importantly asking the practitioner to draw in the intuitive wisdom of Zen, keeping the encounter and experience in the now, open to its depth of mystery, possibilities and change.

Receiving Shiatsu is a powerful experience. It can be deeply relaxing and nourishing, as also very positively challenging. 

Shiatsu will support you in times of wellness and lay the grounds for healing in times of stress and illness, relieving tension, improving vitality, strengthening the body. 

Shiatsu will help with a wide range of physical pains and conditions (such as Arthritis, bad back, recovery from injury, stress and tension, digestive problems…), and be very effective with emotional pain, anxiety, depression, times of crisis and trauma, grief or anger.. It offers great support to women hormonal cycles,  the journey through conception, pregnancy, birthing and postnatal care.

Shiatsu reaches deep into the depth of our being. It touches hidden places, witnesses and honours the unmet needs of body and psyche, thus inviting us back to wholeness. 

In Shiatsu, guided through touch and Body Centred Dialogue, we learn to listen to the language of pain and discomfort. Perceiving what is offered as potential gateways to real transformation, deeper knowing and seeds of meaningful direction to our life.

Finally Shiatsu is the beauty and warmth of simple human touch. We let ourselves be touched. We let someone deeply touch our life, exploring the reality of that experience too.

A Shiatsu session takes place on a comfortable futon and will generally last up to an hour. You remain fully clothed as it is performed through loose clothing. 

My Journey

by Pascale O’Kane

My interest has always lain with the mystery & magic of life itself at work around and within us.
I studied & taught Philosophy as one does in the West, reasoning. I also explored a different key to wisdom in the teachings and practice of Yoga, a search for the light of Spirit.


Yet it is only with the rich poetic of eastern traditions, Taoism, TCM and the experience of receiving Shiatsu that I finally came home to the landscape & language of the Soul.

Away from our need to understand or judge, our desire to transcend, Shiatsu invites us to be fully alive to the now, however shadowy, to integrate light & darkness, inviting awareness, wholeness, compassion, empowering our choices.

Since graduating with the Bristol School of Shiatsu in 2013, I have worked as a practitioner with the Voluntary Sector and from my home clinic in Gower, all the while deepening my postgraduate training, exploring tools such as “Transformational Dialogue” and the Extraordinary Vessels.

I strive to meet you in a shared space with true listening presence and the gift of a witnessing touch, so as the wisdom of your body reignites and pulses you might also remember who you are, reclaim the sovereignty of your heart and wear proudly all colours and shades of your psyche.

I am a qualified yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga & a registered member of the Shiatsu Society UK.

Tools

Body Centred Dialogue

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Yoga

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Training

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Testimonials

Full 3
Pascale has a unique and open approach to bodywork. I feel supported physically, mentally and spiritually. With her insight and knowledge she tailored each session to facilitate a profound release and relaxation. After each session the effects are obvious and long lasting. Her hands and heart work together intuitively with genuine care and attention. She is a very gifted therapist and I look forward to seeing her again.

Stephen

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Shiatsu with Pascale is a deeply nourishing and enriching time. The sessions provide a unique grounding experience. Each time leaving me revitalised, physically & emotionally restored.
Pascale is extremely intuitive, sensitive and attentive in her approach. She is incredibly gifted in what she does, always seeking to help me connect with what lies underneath. This time together is hugely valuable to me, not only deeply supportive but also truly healing.

Lucy

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Full 3
Pascale has a unique and open approach to bodywork. I feel supported physically, mentally and spiritually. With her insight and knowledge she tailored each session to facilitate a profound release and relaxation. After each session the effects are obvious and long lasting. Her hands and heart work together intuitively with genuine care and attention. She is a very gifted therapist and I look forward to seeing her again.

Rhys

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Full 2
I cannot recommend Shiatsu or Pascale enough. Receiving bodywork in times of physically injuries, a broken tibia and later on an ankle has undoubtedly allowed me to heal well and quickly, able to get back to my busy life feeling centred and energised. I now regularly make time to receive, valuing the peaceful and nurturing space offered, the time to explore my needs which always leaves me feeling empowered.

Lindsey

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Receiving regular shiatsu sessions will bring about the most benefits as you grow into awareness & resolve issues over time. I would usually suggest a minimum of 3 sessions. Most people begin with weekly appointments, before maybe coming fortnightly or monthly.
One of my mentors once said something very useful:
“SEE IT AS INVESTING IN YOURSELF!”