Japanese for finger pressure

Origins of Shiatsu


Zen Shiatsu is a form of body work therapy which originated from China and developed in Japan.

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is based on the theory that health and well-being are maintained when the body's energy called ki (chi) is in harmonious flow.  Ki is seen as the life force which sustains every activity of one’s body, mind and spirit. When there is physical, psychological or emotional trauma a blockage, excess or depletion of ki in the meridians (energy channels) may occur causing disharmony and imbalance.

Shiatsu aims to balance the body's ki flow. A diagnosis is made by taking a case history, followed by the therapist becoming still and making a connection with the recipient, then gently palpating the hara (abdomen).  The therapist using fingers, palms, elbows, knees and feet, penetrates the recipients acupressure points and meridians. This restores natural flow and vitality helping attain optimum health and assisting in the prevention of illness. Additional techniques such as stretching, rotation and holding may be used. Shiatsu is not only a wonderful treatment it is meditative, grounding and leaves the recipient feeling deeply relaxed.

Shiatsu is done at floor level on a futon mat. The recipient remains fully clothed. Loose comfortable clothing, preferably cotton or linen should be worn.

Some of the conditions that respond well to ShiatsuShiatsu





Panic Attacks



Digestive Disorders

Menstrual/Menopause Dysfunctions

General Weakness/Tiredness

Low Resistance to Infection

Back Ache/Stiffness

Muscular Skeletal

Arthritic Conditions

Neck & Shoulder Pains/Stiffness

This is not an exhaustive list please enquire about other conditions.