Shiatsu is … not a small dog!

It is a form of bodywork that comes from Japan and can help with specific injuries and ailments or with general well-being.

The word “shiatsu” is Japanese for “finger pressure”. A shiatsu therapist uses their fingers, palms, forearms, knees and elbows to work pressure points throughout the body and combines this work with deep stretches. Shiatsu grew out of Chinese medicine and aims to rebalance the flow of “ki” energy that runs through the body’s network of meridians or energy channels.

Why have a shiatsu?

I treat clients with a wide range of conditions, from sports injuries, back problems and aching joints to stress, bereavement, depression, insomnia, fatigue and digestive disorders.

The relaxed, perpendicular pressure that characterises shiatsu sends the receiver into a deep state of relaxation that helps the body and mind to recover from stress and fatigue.

Shiatsu is a holistic therapy. Therefore, as well as giving a physical treatment, I discuss with clients how well their diet, exercise regime and general lifestyle support their well-being.

Is it scientifically proven to work?

Cancer Research UK has produced a very thorough profile of shiatsu, including its benefits and the status of research into its effectiveness.