What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a holistic therapy originating from Japan and influenced by Chinese and Western knowledge. It is based on similar principles to acupuncture, but a Shiatsu practitioner uses their hands instead of needles.  Shiatsu acts to rebalance the body’s energy to promote well being, support good health and prevent illness. Literally translated as finger pressure, shiatsu involves comfortable pressure from the thumbs and palms applied to energy channels and points in the body.




Why receive Shiatsu?

Shiatsu can be used to prevent and relieve many conditions. These are some of the common reasons why people receive Shiatsu:

  • Problems with muscles and joints
  • Postural problems, back, neck and shoulder pain, sciatica 
  • For relaxation and relief of tension and stress
  • To relieve Anxiety/depression/insomnia 
  • Low energy/fatigue  
  • Problems with digestion/ breathing
  • Menstrual problems   
  • Headaches/migraines.

What happens in a Shiatsu Session?

Anna will take a lifestyle and medical history before making an evaluation, based on the reasons for coming and the symptoms you have. Anna will tailor the treatment accordingly, taking into account her own observations and a touch diagnosis. You will be given a full body treatment, through loose comfortable clothing, usually lying on a padded mat on the floor (for maximum comfort a body cushion may also be used).Anna will use a variety of techniques. These include applying pressure along energy lines and points using palms, thumbs, elbows and sometimes feet. Stretches, rotation of the limbs and mobilisation of the joints may also be part of the treatment.

 “Anna is a brilliant shiatsu therapist. She is a very intuitive and empathic person and her treatment reflects this style. I always feel extremely relaxed and nicely stretched after my treatment with her. I know her treatments have a very deep effect and that my body feels more in tune and connected with itself. I would have no hesitation recommending her to my family and friends.”