Frequently Asked Questions

What is Shiatsu?

What is reflexology?

What is aromatherapy?

What are the rates?

I would like to buy a gift card, how should I proceed?


Shiatsu / reflexology

  • + Which wellness goals can shiatsu and reflexology help me achieve?

    • relaxation and a feeling of well-being
    • treatment of chronic or acute symptoms of illness
    • alleviation of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) symptoms; symptoms and sickness brought on by changes in work, relationships; side-effects of pregnancy
    • body and system support related to trauma, divorce, death, job-loss or retirement
    • compliment/support psychotherapy treatment. Our bodies carry information from the past. Shiatsu can help uncover hidden and repressed feelings.
  • + Are shiatsu and zone therapy suitable during pregnancy?

    Pregnant women often need relief from common complaints such as constipation, back pain and feelings of sluggishness. Shiatsu treatments are well-suited to such ailments during pregnancy. Because the energy system of a pregnant woman is unstable, especially during the first three months, it is best to abstain from treatments in the early months of a pregnancy.


  • + Why are shiatsu and zone therapy effective?

    Shiatsu and zone therapy approach a patient as a whole being by stimulating the person’s energy source. The treatments can be used to address just about any type of ailment, except in cases where it is determined best to withhold treatment.


  • + Are shiatsu and zone therapy effective against chronic illnesses?

    A chronic illness often develops when the foundations of a person’s health are damaged in some way. Shiatsu is an effective method for strengthening this foundation. Although it may be difficult to cure a long-term illness, the treatment will attack the root of the disease, alleviate symptoms and prevent worsening of the disease.


The sessions (comfort)

  • + Are these treatments for everyone?

    The treatments are suitable for anyone, regardless of age, who wishes to develop and maintain a level of physical, psychological and emotional well-being. A child’s energy system isn’t yet totally stable, so a child’s treatment is typically shorter.

  • + How many treatments will I need?


    • The number of required treatments varies from person to person.
    • To treat specific complaints, three sessions within two to three weeks are recommended. The greater the number of energy disruptions a person has, the more treatment he or she will need.
    • For preventative treatments and those aimed at promoting general well-being, one treatment every two weeks, once a month, or three to four a year is suitable, depending on the person in question and his or her lifestyle.
    • Treatments to promote rest and relaxation can be undertaken as often as desired.
    • Regular treatments are recommended for those experiencing ongoing stress or trauma.
  • + What happens during a treatment?

    A first treatment usually lasts about 90 minutes. (This session includes a basic interview and a discussion about the patient’s needs and medical history.) A second treatment lasts one hour. The patient lies on a massage table or a futon mattress on the floor. Following the interview and discussion period, and as part of the first treatment, I will make an energy diagnosis.
    Depending on the diagnosis, I will choose from among the following treatment techniques: applying pressure with the fingers, pressure with the palms, stretch, working directly with energy points (tsubos) or meridians, warming of points (moxa), or reflexology. As a compliment to the treatment, I also use high-quality essential oils.
  • + How do I make the best of a session?

    Try to be:

    • physically ”passive;” in other words, try to be as relaxed as possible, to avoid tensing in reaction to the manual pressure exerted on your body during treatment.
    • mentally "active;" in other words, aware of how you feel during and after your treatment

    On an emotional level it is unnecessary to believe that the treatment is “working.” Just try to maintain a neutral state of mind. This will help enable the free flow of information within you, and in turn allow you to experience any new dialog or understanding between the different parts of your being.


Essential oils

  • + What is an essential oil?

    An essential oil consists of concentrated plant juices from flowers, blades, barks, seeds and fruits, etc. that are obtained through distillation or pressing. The essential oils are rich in active substances and contain living molecules that vary tremendously from oil to oil. Each essential oil has specific consistencies and qualities. The oils are 100 to 10,000 times more concentrated and powerful than in plant form. They are nature’s living energy! Although essential oils come from nature, they are by no means harmless, and should be used with care.


  • + How do I know if an essential oil is of high quality?

    The purity of an essential oil depends more or less on its origins and derivation technique. It is important to choose oils that are used for therapeutic purposes. The oils should be chosen according to the following criteria, which should be listed on the bottle:

    • Name: ravinstara, eucalyptus, lemon ...
    • Botanical name in Latin: cinnamonum camphora, eucalyptus globulus, citrus lemon ...
    • Recovery part: blade, flower, seed, fruit ... The active substances can differ depending on which part of the plant is used.
    • Chemotype: identifies the biochemical components present in the majority of the oil, and indicates the oil’s therapeutic effects (properties). For example, thyme can include linalool, a mild substance; or thymol or thuyanol, which are skin irritants.
    • Main Components: these can vary depending on where the plant was geographically grown or which part of the plant was used to make the oil.
    • 100% pure and natural: ensures there are no traces of artificial molecules, nor the addition of artificial oils or oils of lesser quality.
    • If possible, oils should originate from an organic farm.
  • + How do I use an essential oil?

    Oils can be used externally, internally or through inhalation. Some essential oils can have the following harmful properties: liver- and nerve-poisoning, abortion induction, photosensitization and skin irritation. In order to ensure essential oils are used in the safest and most effective way, it is important to consult a trained aromatherapist.


  • + Can I put essential oils directly into bath water?

    No, essential oils should never be dropped directly into bath water. Essential oils don’t dissolve, and float instead to the water’s surface. Because they are merely related to fats, and human skin is composed of fats, an essential oil can cause severe irritation if it comes into direct contact with the skin. It is best to mix the oil with a base to ensure it dissolves, or to use a bath product containing essential oils.


Various information

  • + Could I experience an uncomfortable reaction to the treatment?

    Yes, but such effects are quickly forgotten and pale in comparison to the benefits of the treatment. As with all types of treatment, the following day a patient may experience a little tiredness or even a temporary worsening of symptoms. The absence of a reaction by no means suggests the treatment was ineffective.

  • + Is every shiatsu and reflexology treatment the same?

    Each treatment method is based on an energy diagnosis. Treatments therefore vary and can change periodically depending on how the body reacts and how health needs develop and change.


  • + Can I receive shiatsu and zone therapy treatments if I am taking medication?

    Yes, after consultation with your doctor to rule out any reasons why shiatsu might not be a suitable form of treatment for you. Shiatsu and reflexology will in fact work in conjunction with your medications to strengthen your natural defenses, and to help your body tolerate and assimilate your medicines more easily. Remember, however, that a person should under no circumstances stop taking medicine during shiatsu treatments without a doctor’s permission.


  • + In which health situations are zone therapy and shiatsu unsuitable?

    Reflexology cannot be administered in cases where a patient has been diagnosed with phlebitis (vein inflammation).

    Shiatsu should not be performed in the following cases:
    • emergencies
    • major operations or transplants that have occurred within the last year.
    • severe inflamation
    • bleeding
    • some skin diseases: dermatitis, severe burns, infected eczema, wounds
    • vascular problems, varicose veins, initial thermal phlebitis or phlebitis (vein inflamation.)
    • heart disease or other serious heart conditions
    • fever

The use of products

  • + I need to buy more products of Bimont Laboratories, products sold at the practise, how should I proceed?

    If you would like to renew your treatment, do not hesitate to contact Emilie to arrange an appointment at the practise for purchasing your missing products by calling 07 83 80 88 84; or send an email by filling the contact form here for an order with home delivery.