What is shiatsu

Shiatsu is a conventional Japanese healing therapy. It has the ability to cure specific injuries as well as the general symptoms of poor health. It is a deeply relaxing experience.

Proof that it works!

The European Shiatsu Federation commissioned Professor Long at the University of Leeds to look at the research and documentation of experiences and effects of Shiatsu across Europe. The aim was to provide a platform to solidly describe Shiatsu and its benefits. The results showed that:

  • 89 per cent of Shiatsu receivers felt calmer and more relaxed
  • Up to 60 per cent of regular Shiatsu receivers slept better
  • Receivers rated their symptoms as significantly reduced through-out the six-month study
  • 86 per cent said that Shiatsu was effective in treating stress and tension, structural and postural problems, low energy and fatigue
  • They had a reduced use of conventional medicine

Overall, Shiatsu receivers adopted a more relaxed, healthier and balanced approach to life. Read the report.  Further research is posted regularly on the “news” page.

Benefits of Shiatsu

  • Calms mind and body
  • Restores energy balance
  • Relieves tension and stiffness
  • Improves breathing and posture
  • Provides for better circulation
  • Enhances wellbeing

Background to Shiatsu

The core principle of Shiatsu is the vital energy [‘Ki’ in Japanese] that flows throughout the body in connected channels called ‘meridians’. Ki can stop flowing freely owing to many reasons (such as stress, burnout, fear, anger, pain, lacking a sense of purpose or belonging) producing symptoms that can then be addressed by Shiatsu. It is based on the underlying philosophy of oriental medicine, like acupuncture.

Shiatsu works with the individual as a complete being—tending to the emotional as well as mental health along with the physical body. A feeling of harmony and relaxation is experienced by balancing the flow of energy.

What to expect in a session

  • On your first visit you will be asked a few questions to help get an indication of your health, life-style, state of mind and overall wellbeing. Please allow an extra 10 to 15 minutes for this. Further sessions are approximately an hour long.
  • You will lie on a futon—a padded comfortable mat at ground level. The client stays fully clothed through-out. At the end of a treatment, you can experience a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed.
  • It is best not to eat anything too heavy before a Shiatsu treatment.
  • Wear loose clothing – leggings/jogging bottoms and a loose top –  so you can get the full benefit of stretches and rotations used in the treatment. You can bring a change of clothing with you and change in the treatment room.
  • After the treatmenttry not to engage in any stressful event or vigorous exercise in order to get the full benefits of your shiatsu treatment. Sometimes life-style or dietary advice is given.