Maria Exposito

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Contact Maria

Phone: 086 0522224
Email:  mexposito.cores@gmail.com

Who am I? 

I am a Shiatsu Therapist and a Tai chi Instructor. In fact, my interest in Shiatsu started through Tai Chi which I had been practicing for a number of years before I discovered this Japanese form of bodywork.

Prior to becoming a full-time Shiatsu practitioner I had been working in a corporate job for the most part of my professional life. Working in such an environment never resonated with me and I was looking for a radical change of direction but I wasn’t sure where to look at. When I found out, merely by accident, about Shiatsu it was just like finding the missing piece of the puzzle. It was the perfect complement to Tai chi.

I started my Shiatsu studies in 2011 and never felt more happy about making a decision. I qualified in 2015 and reluctant to break my connection with the school so soon, informally  began assistant teaching the following year. It didn’t take too long for me to realise that teaching was going to be a part of my career as a Shiatsu therapist so I am currently undergoing formal training as a Shiatsu Teacher with the Cork School of Shiatsu. 

Shiatsu although Japanese in origin, draws its theoretical base from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Taoist philosophy about which I am deeply in love. What makes me most passionate about TCM is its holistic, personalised, compassionate  and caring approach to health that their model has to offer. The Eastern medical tradition is based on prevention of illness rather than intervention.  It prompts us to  seek and find a communion with nature in the understanding that  the closer our lives run in harmony with the rhythms and laws of nature, the easier it is to stay healthy.

I practice Shiatsu because it is our right to be healthy and health is much more than just the absence of disease.  Health is an overall state of wellbeing and emotional balance. It is the very basis of a happy and fulfilling life.  

Shiatsu has so much to offer to our lives, it definitely is a fabulous tool to help us regain our health and wellbeing and therefore my place as a practitioner is; to provide the needed support and guidance in your own process towards health recovery.

I practice Shiatsu because it is our right to be healthy and health is much more than just the absence of disease.  Health is an overall state of wellbeing and emotional balance. It is the very basis of a happy and fulfilling life.  

Shiatsu has so much to offer to our lives, it definitely is a fabulous tool to help us regain our health and wellbeing and therefore my place as a practitioner is; to provide the needed support and guidance in your own process towards health recovery.

What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a unique form of body work, one just needs to experience it to be able to understand its
uniqueness.
It is a very safe, non-invasive manual therapy that uses stretches, joint mobilisations and acupressure
techniques to promote physical and emotional wellbeing and regain health by working with the body’s
own resources.
Some have described it as acupuncture without the needles as we use the same channels and points to
deeply connect with the energy of the body.
Shiatsu is a profoundly relaxing experience that has been proven beneficial for treating many different
conditions of the body, mind and spirit.

The form of Shiatsu I practice is called Zen Shiatsu which was developed by Shizuto Masunaga in the last
century and puts a very strong emphasis on the practitioners self development work to increase their
sensitivity to the Qi, our life force, in the body.
Who can benefit from Shiatsu?
Anyone and everyone can benefit from Shiatsu: stressed, overworked, tired and anxious people. People
suffering from headaches, back pain, joint problems. Shiatsu is for women, men, children, babies, the
elderly, sportsmen before or after the effort, insomniacs…The list is long but in short, it is for all those who
wish to take charge of their health and well-being.

What to expect on a Shiatsu session?
The treatment is traditionally performed fully dressed in comfortable, loose and light clothes (preferably
cotton) on a futon on the floor without the use any oils, creams or herbs. Alternatively, if there is mobility
restrictions it can be performed on a massage table or an ergonomic chair.
The session normally lasts about an hour. The first appointment will take a bit of extra time to include the
consultation needed to build your health history and get to know you a bit better in order to assess what
your specific needs are.
Above all a Shiatsu session is a time for yourself where you can safely relax, connect, allow healing to
take place and enjoy
What can Shiatsu help you with?
Shiatsu is a gentle therapy at the service of health and well-being for you to attain a more balanced life
and can easily and safely work in conjunction with other therapies, conventional or alternative, as it only
works with the body’s self healing capacities and therefore has practically no side effects.
Shiatsu does all the following to you:
● Eliminates stress
● Dissipates anxiety
● Provides wellbeing
● Alleviates tension and pain
● Increases levels of energy and concentration
● Harmonises body and spirit
● Gives the body access to self regulation and healing.
Many different conditions can be helped and/or treated with Shiatsu:
● Musculoskeletal Pain (Neck, shoulders, back, joints)

● Circulatory Issues
● Respiratory conditions
● Digestive Disorders
● Gynecological issues (PMS, menstrual problems, endometriosis, PCOS)
● Insomnia
● Stress & Anxiety
● Depression
● Headaches & Migraines
● Fatigue & Chronic pain
● Fibromyalgia
● Rheumatoid and Ostheod arthritis

How many sessions do I need?
The number and frequency of sessions required very much depend on the patient’s overall health and
nature of their condition. As a general rule a chronic condition deeply settled in the body will take longer to
shift than an acute one and consequently will require more regular treatments.
As a general rule I would recommend anybody dealing with a specific condition to start with 6 consecutive
treatments on a weekly basis and re-assess from there as the benefits of shiatsu are cumulative and the
more the body receives the more efficiently it integrates them allowing for longer periods of time in
between sessions.
I offer full hour treatments for €60 and a prepaid course of 6 consecutive weeks treatments for €300.