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(Japanese Acupressure Massage)

Shiatsu is a form of massage with its roots in Oriental medicine and Acupuncture.

Shiatsu literally means 'Finger Pressure ' in Japanese, although the treatment may involve some stretching and gentle manipulation.

By applying various 'qualities' of pressure at specific points or areas, the body's natural energy flow ('Ki' in Japanese) is stimulated in order to encourage a process of natural healing in the body, thereby promoting good health.

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Lookup points and indications using the

Shiatsu Reference Programme

Background Information

Oriental medicine is based on the theory that 'Ki' or 'Chi' (best translated as energy) flows to the organs and all the areas of the body through pathways known as meridians.

Located along meridians are 'tsubos', points where one can best access, stimulate or rebalance the body's energy (Ki).

Oriental physicians believed that when Ki energy was blocked or out of balance, it would lead eventually to illness of some sort resulting in various symptoms such as headaches, stress, tension, skin and bowel disorders, muscular problems, sleeplessness etc.

The Benefits

Shiatsu works to rebalance the body's Ki energy, enhancing ones feeling of well-being through relaxing, toning and rejuvenating the body.

Shiatsu helps improve suppleness and flexibility in the joints. It also stimulates the circulatory and the lymphatic system and assists in regulating the functioning of the internal organs by its direct effect on the nervous system.

Shiatsu often has the dual effect of relaxing and invigorating the system and can be used for common conditions such as headache, back and neck pain, muscular pain and back problems in general. It can also be used in the treatment of digestive and menstrual disorders, stress related complaints or purely as a relaxing form of body massage.

Shiatsu affects all levels of our being- the physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual. Treatment is attuned to the individual's personal development of total health and character. Advice may be given on diet, exercise and lifestyle encouraging self understanding and greater independence in health matters.

Response to treatment

After Shiatsu you will probably feel invigorated yet relaxed. Sometimes the first benefits to occur do not improve the main complaint, but rather overall health.

While patients generally experience well-being, there may be temporary 'healing reactions' as toxins and negative emotions are released.

These might take the form of headache or flu like symptoms for 24 hours. In such cases contact me for advice.

Guidelines for clients

Shiatsu can help with:


Costs and methods of payment can be viewed here.