Jane has partnered with us for years off and on. We’re so happy she’s back ‘on’ again …
… engaging with and delighting the people of Melbourne, in workplaces all over the city.
Please tell everyone who you are.
Hello, my name is Jane. I am a Shiatsu Practitioner living in Melbourne. Shiatsu is a Japanese form of touch therapy and literally means ‘finger’pressure’.
My roots are in Tamworth, N.S.W, and my home has grown some more roots here in the inner North of Melbourne since 2002.
Is Corporate Massage ‘it’ for you or do you apply your skills in private practice? If yes, how and where?
I like the variety that comes with Corporate Massage, as every day is a new discovery of people in different habitats! I also work from a studio in Northcote. I love to create a cocoon that people can come to for treatments, a haven to unwind in. I share the room with a wonderful Kinesiologist, Nadine.
It takes a special kind of person to work as a touch practitioner. Why do you do it?
I walked past The Australian Shiatsu College in 2003, and knowing nothing about Shiatsu, I went inside.
After receiving a treatment in their student clinic, I wanted to learn everything! Ever since my life has unfolded with Shiatsu and touch at the center of my working life.
People often ask “what is Shiatsu?” It is a kind of touch therapy/massage, where the practitioner focuses on the “Qi” or energy in the receiver’s body, accessed through meridians/pressure points. Through connecting to the Qi, the receiver is assisted to balance the flow of energy in their body.
Traditionally, treatments are given on a futon mattress on the floor. We use our elbows, thumbs, palms, feet and knees to apply pressure to the meridians/pressure points. To me, Shiatsu is a beautiful dance between giver and receiver, and I find it deeply therapeutic and a joy to give also.
Adapting Shiatsu to a massage chair, is a lovely way to release tension in the head, neck, shoulders and lower back. The smile at the end of the session keeps me coming back again and again!
How does what you do every day contribute to the greater good of your community, or thinking big, the planet!?
I hope that through the simple act of connection through touch, we are able to build more pathways of friendliness, happiness and ease in our bodies.
Maybe at the end of the day, someone feels a little lighter and passes on this feeling to a stranger/friend/loved one/animal/plant… the universe?! (Beautiful, Jane! Ed)
And importantly, because you’re a normal (super) human, what is the most normal thing about you?
I always walk out the door prepared for four seasons … (it took some years to learn this, living in Melbourne!)