Long time ago, Asian healers were expected to know eight levels of healing and to become skilled in the Five Excellences. These included techniques of self-development and self defense as well as the tools of one’s trade. Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and meditation were practiced to maintain one’s health and increase sensitivity. “Physician, heal thyself” was the healer’s conviction. The ancient masters realised the healing potential of human energy and saw it as a tool in helping others. They knew of the importance of developing and cultivating this energy, or spirit, to its fullest degree within themselves. This would allow them to become effective and highly skilled practitioners. To “heal thyself” would be to help in healing others.
Shiatsu Therapy is one of the 8 alternative approaches indicated by the European Parliament (A4-0075/1997) as being “a nonconventional medicine worthy of interest” which enables you to preserve your capital health.
Since 1955, the technique of Shiatsu Therapy is recognised like a medicine with whole share by the Japanese ministry of Health.
It takes three years to become a qualified shiatsu therapist but basic technique is further enriched by consistent daily practise.
I was born to a Vietnamese family in France in 1965. My father was a martial artist and I began studying martial arts with him, and later studied Qigong, Kung fu and taoist practices, including Zen Shiatsu and Heisei Shiatsu with European masters.
Every shiatsu therapist is different. My approach is to blend shiatsu with natural exercise and lifestyle coaching to bring about a wholesome and positive change from within. Working in this way brings the desired long-term relief people really seek.
I qualified as a Health Qigong Instructor, an Ear Acupuncturist and as a Shiatsu Therapist. Member of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC), a member of the Complementary Therapist Association (CThA) and fully insured with Holistic Insurance.
Alice T, London
It is just over a week ago now that I went for my first abdominal treatment with Jean Philippe Guichard (I believe it was a fusion of Hara Shiatsu & Chi Nei Tsang). I have been postponing this kind of work for a while, as my little experiences of stomach work as part of a full body massage were never very enjoyable before and felt quite too intrusive. Though I've had a clear feeling that I was postponing something I really need - both for physical and emotional reasons. I suppose I've been waiting for the right moment and the right person. When I approached Jean Philippe with the request (and my concerns) he was very open and generous - he offered his time and also shared information on abdominal work (I really appreciated this opportunity to study the technique a bit prior to the session itself). Jean Philippe made me feel very welcome and created a wonderful safe and secure space for the session. The treatment itself was truly wonderful. It was accompanied by some soft magic bells that carried me away (generally I am not a fan of music during treatments but these bells were very nice). As it was our first session there was a lot of 'getting to know', feeling and exploring. It felt like there was some real work going on but in a wonderfully light and easy way. I totally lost my sense of time. It was a combination of gentle pressure with my own breathing that definitely helped to release emotional and physical blockages. Prior to the session I shared a couple of specific issues (re digestion and re explosions of anger) and Jean Philippe kept those in mind whilst working. He also did a little explanation of a connection between liver, anger and lower jaw that totally made sense to me. After the session I literally experienced some detoxification of the internal organs that provides calmness & balance and facilitates the self healing process. I am very very grateful to Jean Philippe for that session and for all his kindness & generosity, and am still experiencing the effect of the work that he did. Thank you!
I highly recommend the Shiatsu experience Jean-Philippe offers. It is an hour for you to connect with your body and let Jean-Philippe practice the Shiatsu techniques he masters. You will have time to relax and discuss before to start and at the end with Jean-Philippe the very peaceful music Jean-Philippe plays in the background add to the peacefulness of the experience. I left feeling very energised and vibrant with the feeling the energy shifted at the right place within my body.
I had a very good shiatsu session in a nice and relaxing atmosphere. This session helped relieve stress and made my tensions disappear. I came out of this session relaxed and full of energy. Jean-Philippe is a true professional who shares with passion his knowledge during treatment and who is always very attentive. I would recommend everyone to discover the benefits of this practice. I will surely do it again.
Faye H, London
I am feeling more relaxed as a result of my shiatsu with Jean-Philippe and would highly recommend his treatment. I think my treatment was helpful for stress and relaxation and to help with energy flow and built up tension in muscles. Jean Philippe was very friendly and polite and I would highly recommend him. I will attend his qigong class at a later date. He offered very good treatment and value for money, and will book more appointments in the future, for Shiatsu.
Training, qualifications & experience
Shiatsu Practitioner Diploma (Professional Shiatsu School)
EAR Acupuncture Master Class Graduate - Yuan Clinic & Trad. Medicine College
Ba Duan Jin & Ma Wang Dui Instructor of the British Health Qigong Association (BHQA)
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£ 30 - Weekend Cost-Effective Shiatsu
My Weekend Cost-Effective Shiatsu is keen to offer Shiatsu to everyone regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds and I would like to offer a sliding scale of £30 for a 50 minute treatment. Offering Cost-Effective Shiatsu enables people to access regular treatments in order to maintain their health or treat specific long term conditions. I, Jean-Philippe Guichard decided to start this clinic as a way of bringing affordable treatments to the heart of the community. If it is successful – and I hope it will be – then I would like to provide these services to other communities. Although I have my own private practice, it is great to be able to deliver healing in a cost-effective and welcoming way. Like many bodywork and energy treatments, the effects of Shiatsu are more easily understood when tried for yourself, so why not come along and see what all the fuss is about?” Book now if interested ! Reservations are made on a first-booked, first-served basis, In MORDEN Only!
£ 50 - Initial Consultation 50minute/ PureShiatsu
Before the treatment you will be asked some general health questions, prior to the session that can help pinpoint any conditions from a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) point of view. These will include about your diet, level of exercise and your responses to certain conditions as well as the usual brief medical history, dietary details and whether you are taking medication. In subsequent appointments this part of the session will be much shorter and will focus on any changes that have occurred. The session itself takes place at floor level on a comfortable futon.
£ 50 - Follow-up Consultation 50minute/ PureShiatsu
The session itself takes place at floor level on a comfortable futon. For the next 50 minutes all you have to do is relax. I will make a diagnosis as a result of the brief chat at the start of the session, observation, and palpation of the area located beneath the ribs and above the hips. Two meridians are chosen, one “empty” (kyo), the other “full” (jitsu) that also resonate together. These are treated using gentle thumb, finger, elbow or even knee pressure. Sometimes where the flow may seem static or very weak, deep thumb pressure is applied; other areas where there is build up of ki, shaking chopping or rubbing is used. I will gently manipulate and ease joints before moving onto treating specific meridians and acupoints. To access these you may be treated lying in side position, on your back, front, or a combination of the three. Joints are also gently pulled and stretched to release stuck ki. Throughout the treatment I will be “listening” to the movement of energy, sensing it through my fingers and the responses within my own body. I will be there to facilitate change and movement at the emotional, mental and spiritual as well as physical level. At the end of the session some special exercises, breathing exercises or dietary advice may be given to support your treatment.
Location & Contact Details
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I speak French and English.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Maps & Directions
On request week-end only at The Therapy Shiatsu Studio, SM4 Morden. Booking Essential https://pureshiatsu.setmore.com/