Apart from having trained as a doula with WOMBS (Women Offering Mothers Birth Support http://www.wombs.org.za) and practicing as such since 2013, Joy is also a qualified Shiatsu Massage Therapist. Using this form of gentle Japanese acupressure, she focuses on treating women in every life stage with this massage form, thus adding body energy balancing massage techniques to her ever-increasing toolkit.
Says Joy: “As doula, I was looking for a massage course that would enhance my services to my clients. Shiatsu was not something I had considered before. But you know when something keeps popping up until you just can’t ignore it anymore? That’s what happened in my search. I can honestly say I was led to this work. The satisfaction I have at the end of every treatment, knowing that at some level I’ve assisted in easing the weight of someone’s burden – be it emotional, physical, mental or spiritual – is indescribable.”
… directly translated from Japanese means “finger pressure”, is the gentle release of pressure points around the body, which allows for the free flow of energy – much like clearing traffic congestion during peak hour by turning all the traffic lights to green. At the end of a session, recipients generally feel soft and relaxed in body and mind along with a great sense of well-being.
Working on similar principles to acupressure and acupuncture, Shiatsu uses the application and leverage of the therapist’s thumbs, palms, knees and elbows onto pressure points around the client’s body – from head to toes. These offer varying degrees of pressure, depending on the needs and comfort of the client. The combination of pressure, gentle but firm massage strokes along meridian lines as well as assisted and supported stretches, benefits insomnia, headaches, anxiety, constipation, IBS, stress, improves general well-being, relieves back, neck and shoulder pain, tiredness, arthritis pain, poor digestion … and so much more.
Aromatherapy and Essential Oils
When her daughters were just babies, Joy included massage with essential oils in their routine, often ending off their bath-time this way (lucky little babas!) Twenty years later, and essential oils remain an important aspect of their family’s health and home. Its no surprise then that these miracles of nature are also incorporated into both her doula and massage practices.
See Massage Packages Page for more information about the kind of massages available at Birth & Balance.