In quiet surrounds overlooking the mountains is a beautiful warm shiatsu room.
Shiatsu Therapy does wonders for the tired stressed body. Gently yet firmly we ease your body into the way it most wants to feel... peaceful, balanced, without pain. Rowena is known for being an experienced and caring practitioner who has worked with thousands of happy clients to resolve their health concerns. Over 90% of returning clients experience significant to total cessation of symptoms.
How does Shiatsu help? Japanese acupressure massage supports your entire body. Shiatsu is given with clients remaining clothed on a large comfortable futon mat. Based on the principles of Traditional East Asian Medicine, Shiatsu looks to the meridians and acu-points of the body to ascertain exactly where both the cause and symptoms are manifesting.
In ascertaining your state of wellbeing, I check through all of the 12 main meridians , 8 extraordinary vessels and the 350+ acu-points. I will also carefully check postural alignment and areas of pain and imbalance so that we can gently strengthen your body into a more symmetrical state.
I am checking for where has become tired and depleted in the body and treating accordingly to help bring warmth and vitality to these areas. We also check where has become stiff and stuck in the body, where Qi and blood flow is restricted and work effectively to release these areas and so resolve injury and pain.
Acupressure massage The foundation technique of shiatsu. Acupressure massage has been practised for millennia to release physical pain and promote longterm repair....and it feels amazing. Pressure may be firm or gentle, vigorous or steady depending on what your body is needing.
Moxibustion or moxa is a highly effective therapy whose recorded use spans some 2000 years. Small amounts of the processed plant, Artemesia vulgaris are applied to specific acu-points and warmed. Moxa is able to bring circulation and warmth to very chronic and longterm conditions enabling repair. I am fortunate to study under a world renowned teacher Dr Paul Movsessian who teaches traditional Japanese moxibustion
Cupping Another therapy to have a recorded use of thousands of years. Cupping works by creating a gentle to moderate suction over specific meridians/ relevant regions. The suctioning has the effect of drawing blood more to the surface capillaries where it can begin to circulate more freely. I use a high quality set of Korean cups to ensure specific dose and no risk of burning and very little marking as with the more traditional "fire cups".
Sotai A unique method of correcting structural and postural imbalances within the body. Dr Hashimoto pioneered sotai as a complete system of therapy that uses gentle yet highly effective resistance stretching to align the body. Rather than force or manipulate the body into alignment, where is will usually quickly revert, Sotai strengthens the supporting musculature which allows the body to easily hold the correct posture.
Shonishin - Children's Meridian Therapy This branch of treatment had been in use in Japan for approx 400 years and has proven effectiveness for a range of conditions such as:
persistent night wetting
colds and immune problems
respiratory conditions including asthma.
painful muscles, growing pains
disturbed sleep, restlessness
digestive pain and upset
irregular energy levels
A gentle and highly effective way to support our children as they grow. Gently we stroke along the imbalanced meridians and support or release acu-points as required. This is done using specialised tools made of precious metals that actively interact with the child's developing meridian system (or body's electro-magnetic communication system).
The treatments are non-invasive and are incredibly calming and balancing to your child's nervous system. It is not uncommon for parents to wish they had had the session themselves.
What does it feel like? Shiatsu feels wonderful. it is a deep, slow, rhythmic and gives your body the space to move easily into a balanced state. We may also use stretching, acu-point holding or more vigorous techniques.
Your shiatsu session is always unique and tailored to you.
Will shiatsu work for me? Conditions I feel confident we can resolve together:
physical injury, both acute & chronic
back and neck pain
lumbar pain and weakness
stress and emotional overwhelm
stiffness and reduced flexibility
headaches, both migraine and tension.
digestive pain & upset
Why do I love shiatsu? *Because no other therapy I have encountered is able to nourish tiredness and strengthen deficiency like shiatsu. As the majority of illness is based on tiredness or depletion of our physiological systems, shiatsu is extremely helpful in supporting our return to full health.
*Shiatsu is firm when it needs to be, yet gentle and supportive when it needs to be. Shiatsu is truly tailored to meet you.
*Because it feels wonderful. The way that moving toward health should feel.
Bio As a child of 7 or 8 I remember a love of massaging friends and family. I finally talked my mum into arranging massage training at age 12 or 13 and I was horrified to find the body being treated like a basketball, thumped and pummelled about with no real sensitivity or sense of treating the whole person! At 18 my beautiful mum was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she discovered shiatsu, meditation and a whole food diet. She lived a full and radiant 18 months after an initial prognosis of 3-6 weeks. Her shiatsu therapist was wonderful and suggested I begin training under her tutelage. From there I went on to study at The Australian Shiatsu College and gained my qualification as a shiatsu therapist in 2004. I have been practicing ever since, first in inner Melbourne then the beautiful Yarra Valley including at the Gawler Foundation from 2008-2014
In 2011 I began training under Dr Paul Movsessian, renowned Japanese acupuncturist and meridian therapist. with his guidance I begin to see the amazing possibilities of Traditional East Asian Medicine and learn effective strategies for treating children, circulation issues, safe postural alignment and deeply supporting the rebuilding of deeper strength in our bodies.
I am truly grateful to be in this model of care.
Now having practiced for 13 years my intention is to meet the body with compassion, focus and sensitivity. I ask my clients to trust, your body knows the way to feel truly well. Just as your body became hurt so too it can willingly unfurl that damage and feel at ease.
Rowena Charnley holds a Diploma in Shiatsu and Oriental Therapies and a post-graduate certificates in Japanese acu-needling, Manaka Protocols, Advanced shonishin (childrens meridian therapy) & Moxibustion Alongside this is a practice of Ashtanga yoga and Vipassana meditation.