Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of the person.

Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.

How we work

The philosophy underlying shiatsu is that vital energy (known as Ki in Japanese) flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians. For many different reasons Ki can stop flowing freely, producing symptoms such as pain, discomfort, stiffness or tension.

We will use a variety of techniques to improve your energy flow. These may include gentle holding, pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers or elbows on the meridians. When appropriate, more dynamic rotations and stretches may be used. As the quality of your energy changes, the symptoms associated with a lack of flow will gradually improve.

What to expect

Each session lasts 30-45 minutes. The first session may be slightly longer so we can take a detailed case history to develop a complete picture of your health according to the principles of oriental medicine. The shiatsu treatment is conducted fully clothed. Following a treatment, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed. Sometimes the following day mild discomfort may be felt as the body responds to the treatment.

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