In modern life, why is it so important to take time to look after ourselves?
Because everyday new things are invented to keep us entertained, busy and distracted. And simultaneously, the number of anti-depressant prescriptions, burnout and disease is rising. It’s so much easier to drown out our minds with Netflix marathons, alcohol or other substances, than to slow down and to sit with all the uncomfortable thoughts, feelings or pains we don’t want to experience. Too often we forget what truly matters, and we only realise when we don’t have it anymore. That’s especially true when it comes to health. We take it for granted and we only start to change our mindset or our lives once we are confronted with the loss of it. So if we want to be and stay healthy we have to do something about it everyday.
With that in mind, who is your therapy for?
For everyone who feels stressed, whether it’s external or internal stress. For people who feel uncomfortable and out of balance but don’t really know why. For symptoms like insomnia, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, back pains, migraines or headaches that don’t have a medical explanation. Shiatsu is amazing if people feel tense and hyper and need to relax, or when they feel fatigued and need more energy. It’s for people who want to connect to their body, for those who need grounding, and for the ones who want to reset their nervous system. And for anyone else who wants to experience the incredible effects of Shiatsu.
So what is your personal wellness philosophy?
Health is not a goal, it is a way of living. It’s the small things we do or don’t do everyday that influence how we feel. Every choice we make has an impact on our wellbeing. The choice of food, of the time we go to bed, of how we respond to stress and so on. I’m not suggesting to live like a saint or to go to bed as the sun sets, because wellbeing includes doing things that nourish our soul as well, and sometimes this can be eating chocolate or dancing all through the night. But whatever you choose to do or not do – do it joyfully and with love for yourself.