About Shiatsu

Shiatsu literally transllotusates as ‘finger pressure’ and is a Japanese therapy which has its origins in Oriental medical theory and traditional Japanese massage techniques. The Japanese adopted Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practices and enhanced its methods to develop the unique form of treatment now known as Shiatsu.

Shiatsu therapists treat the whole body as well as specific problem areas by also addressing both emotional and physical wellbeing. The aim is to treat the body by balancing the flow of Ki (life energy), applying pressure to obstructed or weak areas. This relieves symptoms and resolves conditions, improving the patients strength and vitality.

From a Western perspective Shiatsu can be explained through its effect on the nervous system. Shiatsu activates the healing, conserving functions of the parasympathetic branch of the nervous system to calm the body’s overactive fight or flight responses (stress), giving space and time for the healing process to take over.

Shiatsu is recognised as being suitable for treatment of most common conditions including musculo-skeletal, menstrual, digestive and immune system disorders as well as being one of the most effective therapies for stress management and relaxation.