Shiatsu massage/Bodywork

Shiatsu is a contemporary form of japanese bodywork which stimulates the body's natural healing ability by applying gentle pressure across the body.  This japanese  equivalent of the Chinese method of acupressure comes from the words "shi" and "atsu", meaning finger pressure.


Shiatsu is different from other massage forms because the practioner works with pressure points and meridians, to address any imbalances.  Rhythmic pressure and stretching is mostly used in shiatsu to reduce tension and increase blood flow, rather than rubbing and kneading, as used in regular massage.


A confidential consultation is carried out to ask about any specific ailments, medical history, and current lifestyle. once a diagnosis is made then pressure is applied along meridian lines across the body, using palms, thumbs and fingers.  A shiatsu session is generally performed on a futon, or floor mat; in some cases it can be carried out in a chair or on a therapy table.  The client is fully dressed in loose comfortable clothing and no oils or needles are used.


Benefits of Shiatsu

There are many benefits to Shiatsu treatment, both general and specific.  Of course you do not have to be ill to benefit from shiatsu; many people use shiatsu simply to de-stress, revitalise and maintain their good health. Regular shiatsu sessions can provide a calm space to talk, relax and gently support the creation of conditions in which healing can take place.


  • Deep relaxation to mind and body

  • Easing of tension and stiffness

  • Improved posture and improved circulation

  • Reduces anxiety and increases well-being

  • Helps to eliminate toxins

  • Restoring and rebalancing energy


"Relaxing and good pressure, very enjoyable"


"Helped with my tension headache. I felt it had benefited and will have more in the future"


"Definitely relaxing, loosened my shoulder and eased some tension"


commonly treated conditions

  • Back pain

  • Headaches

  • Whiplash injuries

  • Joint pain and mobility

  • menstrual problems

  • Digestive problems

  • Asthmatic or other breathing difficulties

  • Sports injuries

  • depression

  • Insomnia