Generally a session lasts between 60 to 90 minutes; at the first session, there may be some more general questions about your health, identifying patterns over perhaps a longer time
Some initial questions are appropriate to find out more about your lifestyle and how you relate to your own health. These conversations serve as a useful guide for the shiatsu therapy.
Wear loose comfortable clothing preferably made from natural fibres to allow freedom and ease of movement
If you are in reasonably good health and you are coming with an open mind, there is no need to inform your doctor that you are receiving shiatsu. If, however, you have some condition and are taking medication, you may well mention this fact
Any kind of viral infection, toxicity etc that is telling you to rest and heal, eg bad cold, heavy cough, painful swellings and exhaustion; here the message is surely to rest and recover
It's okay to eat a light meal before a session; nevertheless it is better that it is "light" and that it's consumed at least an hour, beforehand
Curiosity is a very helpful quality since it helps the work go deeper; also your intention is important.
Yes of course. Receiving Shiatsu is a wonderful way to contact a beautiful clear space within and feel really nourished, and there is always room for improvement