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Kei Shiokawa
Dip. Remedial massage
Dip. Shiatsu & Oriental Therapies
Cert. Rolfing® Structural Integration
Reiki level 3


Kei Shiokawa
Kei is a highly skilled and qualified remedial massage, shiatsu therapist and Rolfing® Structural Integration practitioner.  Her journey started in 1999 when she had a health issue which lead her to explore different holistic manual therapy options, this is when she discovered Rolfing®. Kei graduated as a Rolfing® practitioner in 2004 and remained in Japan to work for 3 years before relocating to Australia.  Australia opened many doors for Kei as she explored many different modalities and she trained in Zen shiatsu and remedial massage therapy.

Kei has over 10 years experience in manual therapy and has experience in treating people of all ages, including children, athletes, and pregnant women.

 

Pregnancy Massage
Specially trained practitioners, use a combination of Swedish and Remedial Massage techniques, to assist with the tensions and pains experienced during pregnancy. These are often caused by the extra weight and shift in the centre of gravity. There are many physical benefits to Pregnancy Massage, in addition to the nurturing and emotional support provided by the practitioner. Massage reduces peripheral swelling, soothes the nervous system, helps to prevent insomnia, muscle cramps and back pain, aiding in healthy development of the baby.

Remedial Massage
When muscles and tendons become damaged or impaired, knotted and tense or immobile, Remedial Massage provides a healing treatment that can be gentle or strong, deep or shallow.
Remedial massage holistically treats the whole body and traces the discomfort as far as possible back to the original cause, healing both the cause of the disorder as well as the symptoms.

Remedial Massage Technique
It uses various specialised techniques to locate and repair damage and to support and speed up the body's own repair mechanisms. The massage is applied directly to the skin using a lubricating medium, usually oil, which ensures that the muscles associated with the disorder and mobilisation of the joint are deeply penetrated. Passive stretching moves are also used.

Benefits of Remedial Massage

  • the stimulation to the blood supply allowing toxins in the muscles to be removed
  • the calming of the peripheral nervous system to ease pain and discomfort
  • toning and relaxing of muscles to improve joint mobility
  • improvement to the health of the cells,
  • the repairing of tissues
  • easing of stiffness and tension can also be experienced through therapeutic relaxation.

Muscular and skeletal dysfunctions often addressed with Remedial Massage include

  • Fibrositis,
  • Spondylitis
  • Arthritis
  • frozen shoulder
  • muscular cramps
  • Whiplash
  • sports and dancing injuries.


Rolfing - Structural Integration
Rolfing® is a technique developed by Dr. Ida Rolf. It is aimed at re-establishing the natural alignment and structural integration of the human body for vitality and wellbeing. This takes place over a series of ten sessions of around 90 minutes per session. Each session has its own goals, although the sessions are very much tailored to your own body structure and emotional process. Rolfer and client work together as a team to allow more flexibility, mobility and fluidity into your system.

The techniques of Rolfing involve slow, deep stretching around joints, lengthening of shortened, bunched tissues and freeing up stuck, frozen tissues so that your body moves in the way it was meant to. You will feel a lift up through the centre of your body as the joints float out of their collapsed state. You will also be shown how to sit and walk in order to maintain your new body.

"When the body gets working appropriately, the force of gravity can flow through. Then, spontaneously, the body heals itself." - Dr. Ida P. Rolf

Myofascial Release
This technique focuses on releasing deeper lying restrictions or giving healthy tone to the fascia (= supporting organ of the body).
Profound effect usually last longer than other techniques commonly used in Remedial massage/ Swedish massage.