Shiatsu provides autistic people with much-required relaxation and healthcare
Autistic children and adults who participate in Shiatsu therapy benefits from:
Treatment for various health conditions: headaches, stomach pains, sleep deprivation, constipation, muscles rigidity, and more.
Human touch and connection
Opening-up for new activities
"They don't like to be touched"
Enabling an autistic person to participate in touch therapy might take time and effort but is worth the investment. By learning the specific requirements of each individual, what do they enjoy and their sensory needs, it is possible to enable every person to enjoy the benefits of Shiatsu. Experience, knowledge and patience are key
Tal works with autistic people with complex needs since 2012. With many years of experience, and with attentiveness, patience, perseverance and creativity, he can help every person to take part in the Shiatsu session.
Tal spends time learning each person's character and needs and establishing trust. The calming effect of Shiatsu therapy supports this process and allows patients to explore their own boundaries.
"I feel like I'm floating on air"
This is how one high-functioning autistic man summarised his experience of Shiatsu.
Anxiety is widespread amongst autistic people and hinders health, social communication and participation in activities. Addressing anxiety is fundamental to supporting autistic people and improving the quality of life.
In November 2019 Tal presented his work with autistic patients in a conference of the Syndicate of Shiatsu Professionals in Paris. You can view the presentation here.
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