• Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person - not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being..

    Shiatsu originated in Japan from Traditional Chinese Medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.

    Zen Shiatsu

    Shizuto Masunaga (1925-1981) incorporated his experience of Shiatsu into his studies of Western psychology and Chinese Medicine. He also refined the existing methods of diagnosis. His extended system incorporated special exercises, known as makko ho, to stimulate the flow of Ki and he developed a set of guiding principles to make the techniques more effective. He called his system Zen Shiatsu after the simple and direct approach to spirituality of the Zen Buddhist monks in Japan.


  • Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing art.  It can help in a wide range of conditions - from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build up of stress in our daily lives.

    Oriental tradition describes the world in terms of energy. All things are considered to be manifestations of a vital universal force, called 'Ki' by the Japanese, ''Chi", or 'Qi', in China. Ki is the primary substance and motive force of life. It is most often described as "energy", but Ki is also synonymous with breath in the Japanese and Chinese languages. In Oriental medicine, harmony of Ki within the human body is conceived as being essential to health.

    The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is that Ki flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians. For many different reasons Ki can stop flowing freely and this then produces a symptom.

    Treatable Conditions

    Common conditions which have been helped by Shiatsu include:

    • stress
    • wellbeing
    • helps aid sleep

    Your 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 Ki changes, the symptoms associated with a lack of flow will gradually improve. Shiatsu is a therapy that works on the individual as a complete being - not just the physical body but also on an emotional and/or mental level.


  • The practice of Shiatsu is ideally suited to today’s pace of life giving warmth and healing through non-intrusive touch. It helps to relieve stress and tension, improving vitality and health and strengthening body, mind, spirit.

      Each session lasts approximately one hour. The first session may be slightly longer since your practitioner may ask for details of your current state of health, any medical conditions, history, and lifestyle. The practitioner may take written notes.

      You remain fully clothed at all times. The session usually takes place on a padded mat or futon at floor level, although it is possible to receive Shiatsu seated or on a treatment couch.

      Your practitioner will treat your whole body by using finger or palm pressure or sometimes, if needed, using knees, elbows and feet.

      Shiatsu can involve rotation and stretches of joints and limbs.

      Following Shiatsu, due to the body’s natural healing process, there can be a feeling of increased vitality and you may feel invigorated yet relaxed. To experience the full benefits you may wish to rest for an hour or two after having received Shiatsu.

    Please bring or wear loose, warm, comfortable clothing, preferably cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers and cotton socks. Do not eat heavily in the two hours prior to treatment. Do not drink alcohol before or after treatment. After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the flow of changes through the system. If at all possible avoid strenuous or stressful activities after your session. 


  • Please Note: 

    Currently, I am training in my 2nd Year of a 3 Year Shiatsu Practitioner Diploma and will qualify professionally at the beginning of July 2016.

    I am currently fully insured to perform Shiatsu in the capacity of “case study work including other work prior to getting the qualification.” Professional fees will be significantly more from July 2016.

    Please note that we take payment on the day of the treatment, either cash, CHEQUE, or DONATION.

    The donation rates outlined below are recommendations only.


    •     60 Minute Initial Assessment  (BY DONATION ONLY)


  • First Post

    Life cycle of the amoeba 

    First 3 are about the way we receive energy

    Last 3 phases, the different ways we distribute energy through our being.  Automatic reflex and adrenalin surge for survival, constant warm pulse of circulation aids and protects the layers of our beings, and the controlled release and distribution of our reserves which occurs when we decide on a particular cause of action

    1.     Making a border- defining who we are forming inner border with the environment  “this is how I am” – meridian pathway separates red and white skin.

    i.     LU intake of qi

    ii.     LI elimination,

    2.     Satisfying needs- once a self is established, needs arise.  Obtaining nourishment and digestion,  can be anything we perceive will nourish us

    i.     ST – yang – perception of need, moving towards to satisfy Appetite factor, meridian pathway going through nose, eyes, ears, mouth, esophagus, seeking food

    ii.     SP – yin function of drawing in and folding it and breaking it down to usable form.

    3.     Assimilating and integrating nourishment- assimilation into the central core, the digested stuff from SP is brought to HT

    i.     SI- absorbs nutrients and assimilates in order maintain presence, awareness, and function in the world. (now thing is no longer on the outside of your body)

    ii.     HT – central control at the core of each being.  HT integrates them into form and function.  the HT cannot assimilate what has not been broken down and processed (HT cannot assimilate GU qi, needs qing qi to make zhong qi)  HT as center of identity. HT integrates it into the

    -Meridian pathway is inside, close to the central core

    4.     flight from danger-perceived in the back.  – we turn our back and our back pushes (rather than being pulled towards nourishment)  PURIFICATION AND IMPETUS (fright),  (the impetus that saves our back) Automatic reflex and adrenalin surge for survival,

    i.     KD yang and source qi YUAN qi provide impetus for all actions, functions, and metabolic processes  (including moving towards nourishment)  if impetus fails or slows down all body functions slow down leading to stagnation and residue build up.  KD provide impetus which purifies by maintaining flow and movement (WATER)

    ii.     UB moderates flight reaction.  KD are on or off, when a pulse elimination- disharmony.

    5.     Circulation and protection – STRESS- struggle to adapt, environment, temperature, pollutants, protecting our emotional space (the constant protection and adaptation for different layers of being) We need social and emotional mechanisms which can both extend the influence of the core self and withdraw it for greater protection when necessary.

    Constant warm pulse of circulation aids and protects the layers of our beings

    i.     PC  -covering of the nucleus, a lining to protect the emotional core.  Heart protection,

    ii.     SJ- cell wall- protects the surface from the hazards of the environment including the influence of other personalities.

    Meridian pathway significance: Hugging and embracing, surface and lining. –Enclosed protected posture, in an embrace with anther the partner provides their SJ as the outer layer so the person being embraced ones doesn’t need to be as active.   (Overly active massage ex)

    6.     Choice of direction,  -to decide when to store energy and when to release the nutrients for action  I have options, I’m mobilizing my energy towards action.  Storage and distribution—The primal energy to live and grow, very difficult to destroy the controlled release and distribution of our reserves which occurs when we decide on a particular cause of action

    i.     LV planning  (growth)- our sensitivity towards others.  Being in a community.  Group connection, growing plants- long-term strategy as in a general.

    ii.     GB decision-making -turning in the direction we want to go in.  – Making moment to moment decisions as an officer in the field

© Physio 4 Performance Ltd