Zenthai Shiatsu Massage

Zenthai Shiatsu Massage

Bodywork with a focused intention - integrating Zen shiatsu, Thai massage and osteopathy   

How can Zenthai shiatsu massage nourish your soul?

Created by movement-based therapist Gwyn Williams in 2001, Zenthai Shiatsu massage is now widely recognised as an effective structural and energetic form of therapy. He describes it as “focused intention” therapy that allows the natural healing methods of the body to flow again, bringing vitality.  

A structural and energetic form of therapy, this style of massage addresses issues of the musculoskeletal, digestive and nervous systems.

The three elements it draws from are: 

  1. Zen shiatsu - from Traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture techniques without needles such as cupping, moxibustion and lifestyle advice. 

  2. Traditional Thai massage - releases muscular tension and energetic blockages. 

  3. Osteopathic techniques - including joint mobilisation, connective tissue patterns and fascia unwinding.

Zenthai bodywork has also evolved into a fluid, movement-based practice known as Zenthai Flow that reflects “a state of trust, curiously exploring and fully engaging in the moment “. 

The majority of Zenthai shiatsu massage therapists in Australia are listed on Gywn’s website. Since 2001, he has trained more than 400 people in the practice.

Benefits of Zenthai shiatsu massage

Common conditions this form of bodywork helps with include lower back, neck and shoulder pain;  digestive complaints; joint mobilisation; energy depletion and the immune system. 

Zenthai shiatsu massage may also assist in relieving symptoms related to:

  • Allergies
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis, rheumatism and osteoarthritis
  • Asthma
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME)
  • Colds and flu
  • Constipation
  • Dementia and alzheimer's
  • Depression
  • Fatigue, burnout and exhaustion
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Insomnia and sleep disorders
  • Liver issues
  • Mobility and movement
  • Pain relief
  • PMT/PMS and menstrual issues
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder and elbow issues
  • Sports injuries
  • Stress and tension
  • Tennis elbow and repetitive strain injury (RSI)

What to expect from a Zenthai shiatsu massage session

Before a session begins, you should inform your therapist of any injuries or areas that cause you concern. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. 

In Zenthai Shiatsu, the whole being is treated not just the presenting symptom – this aids the practitioner to balance the strengths and weaknesses that present themselves, such as aches and pains, digestive or hormonal issues, sleeping or breathing difficulties as well as a wide range of emotional and mental issues.

The session generally lasts for 90 minutes and takes place on a padded mat on the floor, with support pillows as aids for different positions. 

A combination of acupressure massage, Thai flowing massage techniques, wholefood dietary advice, Qi yoga correctives and moxibustion are used in the session. 

Shiatsu translates as ‘finger pressure’ although the practitioner will use thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, knees and feet to apply their own body weight to stimulate the patient’s flow of energy in their body. 

As with any exercise or wellness program, please consult your medical professional before commencing Zenthai shiatsu massage. If you have an injury, health issue, or any concerns at all, do advise your therapist who will be happy to address these and make sure the session is personalised to your individual requirements.

References

Gwyn Williams | Zenthai shiatsu

Zenthai shiatsu

Shiatsu | SoulAdvisor

Traditional Thai massage | SoulAdvisor 

Osteopathy | SoulAdvisor 

Online teachings | Zenthai shiatsu

Therapists | Zenthai shiatsu

Zenthai shiatsu | Sotal Yoga