Bring in the new year - Learn Shiatsu's Introduction to shiatsu contains very important pointers that will help you learn the art of Shiatsu effectively; it also presents some important 'do's and don'ts' to consider when giving a Shiatsu treatment.

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Therefore it is strongly recommended that you read it carefully before proceeding to Part One.


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How much pressure to use

Again, until you gain enough experience to be able to judge for yourself, there are a number of useful points to bear in mind. The best approach is to ask the recipient to let you know what he or she is feeling. Pressure should not cause severe pain, but merely a particular kind of acceptable tenderness in some sensitive places.

On the other hand, if your partner is not feeling much at all then you are probably being overcautious. Generally speaking, if you follow the postural guidelines overleaf, you will be surprised at how much of your body weight can be used without causing undue discomfort. Very strong, direct pressure should not be applied to actual joints: ankles, knees, hips, elbows and shoulders.

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