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Shiatsu, literally translated, means “finger pressure”. It is a traditional hands on Japanese healing therapy which has its roots in ancient Oriental medicine. It is the sister therapy to acupuncture - but 

without the needles. It truly is a fantastic treatment that works the whole body. Whether you're struggling with acute pain, have longer term health problems or just want some time out to relax, Shiatsu offers something for everyone.


The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is that vital energy (known as Ki Japanese and Qi/Chi Chinese) flows throughout the body in a series of channels/pathways called meridians. For many different reasons, Chi can stop flowing freely and this then produces a symptom.


A Shiatsu practitioner will consider your state of health, the symptoms you are experiencing and, depending on your constitution and general energy levels, will use a variety of techniques to improve your energy flow. These may include gentle holding, pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and feet on the meridians and, when appropriate, more dynamic rotations and stretches.


As the quality of Chi changes, the symptoms associated with a lack of flow will gradually improve.

Shiatsu can be beneficial for a wide range of conditions – from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. It is an effective and fast working treatment.


What to expect in a Session;

Each session will last approximately an hour. The first session maybe slightly longer as a detailed history will need to be taken to provide a complete picture of your health.

Traditionally sessions usually takes place on a futon, however most of my sessions take place on a treatment table. If you would prefer a traditional futon, please let me know when booking.  

It is possible to receive Shiatsu sitting on a chair if you are unable to lie down.

The client stays fully clothed.

Shiatsu can be a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to strengthen the immune system and prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives.

Guidelines for receiving Shiatsu;

  • Please wear (or bring with you) loose, warm, comfortable clothing.

  • Do not eat heavily in the two hours prior to treatment.

  • Do not drink alcohol before or after treatment.

  • Drink plenty of water after the treatment to help smooth the flow of changes through the system.

  • If you are feeling unwell, please re-schedule your session.

  • Most of my sessions take place on a treatment couch, please let me know if you'd prefer a futon.

Benefits of Shiatsu

  • Relieves pain and relaxes

  • Eases tension & stiffness

  • Improves breathing
  • Improves posture
  • Improves circulation
  • Helps reduce cortisol levels
  • Lowers blood pressure and heart rate
  • Increases levels of serotonin* and oxytocin
  • Enhances well being
  • Restores & balances energy
  • Helps strengthen immune system
*serotonin is a neurotransmitter that plays a role in mood stabilisation and sleep.

"Shiatsu is a holistic therapy that works on the individual

as a complete being - on a physical, emotional

and/or mental level"



West Sussex


+44 (0)7970 084291

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