Shiatsu originated in Japan, where it was developed from Traditional Chinese Medicine and merged with more recent Western therapies.  A shiatsu treatment is built around the belief that there are energy channels called meridians running through the body. 


Although shiatsu means "finger pressure" a number of techniques are used to adjust the body's physical structure and balance the flow of energy through the meridians.


Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness, and help maintain health and wellbeing.



Each session lasts approximately one hour, though initial consultation is longer in order to take a medical history and determine your current state of health.


You remain fully clothed at all times.  Treatments are usually carried out on a futon, however shiatsu can be adapted easily for a massage table or chair.


Your whole body will be treated using finger or palm pressure, or sometimes using knees, elbows and feet.  A treatment will include rotations and stretched of the joints and limbs.


Following a shiatsu, due to the body's natural healing process, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and of being invigorated yet relaxed.

To get the most from a treatment, wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing - sweatshirt, jogging bottoms and socks are ideal.  It is recommended that you do not eat a heavy meal in the two hours prior to a treatment, or drink alcohol before or after a treatment. Drink plenty of water following shiatsu to aid the flow of changes through the system. If possible avoid strenuous or stressful activities after your session.