What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy.  It can help in a wide range of conditions.  Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular sessions help to prevent the build up of stress in our lives.

Conditions that can be helped by Shiatsu:

*    Back pain
*    Neck stiffness
*    Joint pain / reduced mobility
*    Sports injuries
*    Stress


The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is vital energy flows throughout the body in a series of channels called ‘meridians’.  For many different reasons Ki can stop flowing freely.

Your practitioner will consider your health, symptoms and energy levels, use techniques to improve your energy flow – gentle holding, pressing, thumbs, fingers, knees and feet on the meridians and, when appropriate, stretches.

As the Ki changes, the symptoms associated with a lack of flow will gradually improve.  Shiatsu practitioners work on the individual as a complete being – not just the body but also on an emotional and/or mental level.


Sessions lasts approximately one hour.

Usually takes place on a padded mat (futon).  It is possible to receive Shiatsu sitting on a chair.  The client stays fully clothed.

Benefits of Shiatsu:

*    relaxes mind and body
*    restores and balances energy
*    eases tension and stiffness
*    improves posture
*    enhances well being

Kindly provided by The Shiatsu Society (UK)

The Society (not-for-profit organisation) was set up in 1981 to facilitate communication within the field of Shiatsu and to inform the public of the benefits of this form of therapy.  The Society has grown to form a network linking individuals,  and to fulfil the role of Professional Association for Shiatsu Practitioners.

Shiatsu Society (UK), Eastlands Court, St Peters Road, Rugby, Warwickshire CV21 3QP.  Tel: 0845 130 4560, Email: admin@shiatsusociety.org, www.shiatsusociety.org
Shiatsu Links:

The Shiatsu Society – the UK’s leading professional Shiatsu organisation.

Shiatsu International – the professional body that represents professional Shiatsu practitioners.

General Shiatsu Council – formed in 2001 to create a unified regulatory body for Shiatsu.

The Shiatsu College – offers professional Shiatsu Practitioner training courses at eight regional schools throughout the UK.

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