What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a form of bodywork originating in Japan and based on traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu literally means ‘finger pressure’.

The practitioner uses gentle non-intrusive pressure using their palms, fingers, knees, elbows or feet. Holding and stretching techniques are also used and these techniques combined encourage adjustments to the body’s physical structure, and balance its energy flow.

It is a holistic therapy and works on the person as a whole, including the physical, psychological and emotional aspects of the receiver. It supports health and well-being and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

What are the benefits of Shiatsu?

The aim of Shiatsu is to release blockages and re-balance energy flow, to encourage healing and maintain good health. The main benefits of Shiatsu are to support the individual in moving towards greater health and wellbeing. Shiatsu can also help with relaxation, relieving tension, stress, aid sleep and improving mood. It is a deeply relaxing experience.

What happens during a session?

In the first session, I will ask you some questions about your health, well-being and what you want from the sessions. This will help me decide what type of treatment you need and rule out any contraindications to having a Shiatsu treatment. I will also ask you to sign a consent form to consent to receiving a treatment. This whole process may take anything from 20-30 minutes.

After this, you will be asked to lie down on a traditional Japanese futon mat. If you are unable to lie on a futon mat then Shiatsu can also be given on a massage couch or on a chair. I will ensure that you are comfortable and will then use a Shiatsu diagnostic tool that involves gently palpating your abdomen with my fingers. I may also ask to look at your tongue. After this the treatment shall begin and will last for approximately 1 hour. So your first appointment will last for approximately 1½ hours in total.

In follow up sessions I will check in with you to see how you have been since the last time you attended and if there are any changes to your health. I will again gently palpate your abdomen and then carry out your treatment and this appointment will take approximately 1 hour. I may give dietary and lifestyle advice as appropriate to support the treatments being received.