Shiatsu – from the Japanese words shi, meaning finger, and atsu, meaning pressure – is a traditional hands-on therapy originating in Japan. Treating the body as a whole, shiatsu rebalances energies in the body and stimulates its natural healing power using pressures of thumbs, palms, fists, elbows and knees along the meridians (or energy channels) in the whole body.

Shiatsu beautifully combines with yoga since it uses the same approach of wholeness and lots of therapeutic stretches and it is traditionally performed fully clothed on a mat on the floor. It is also suitable for pregnancy and it is a nice alternative for people who don’t like oil massages.

Cost: £50 for 1 hour. Possible home treatments at extra cost.

Benefits of Shiatsu

  • Deep sense of relaxation
  • Relieves muscular and psychological tension
  • Can help relieve numerous complaints such as back ache, sciatica, bowel problems, muscular tension, disturbance in sleep pattern, anxiety, stress
  • Increases energy levels
  • Stimulates immune system
  • Brings balance to body and mind

Definition of Shiatsu

Shiatsu technique refers to the use of pressure to particular sections on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body and for maintaining and promoting health. It is also a method contributing to the healing of specific illnesses.Japanese Medical Department of the Ministry of Welfare 1957

I really have noticed a huge improvement in sleep quality, stress levels and overall well being after just 4 sessions. So much so that I’ve recommended Shiatsu to a number of friends!” Clare, Feb 2013

“I love the way I feel after each shiatsu treatment with Giuseppina and think that they have been very helpful to me as a new mum.” Johanna

“The sessions proved to be immediately effective for some of my particular conditions. Giuseppina is very professional, dedicated and very giving in her practice of Shiatsu.”Rav

“My neck and shoulders felt so much looser and less achy. Shiatsu was a lovely relaxing experience and I would highly recommend it! “Imogen, Nov 2012

“The shiatsu massages I have had are so relaxing, I end up just wanting to fall asleep on the mat and stay there all night after Giuseppina has finished! I have a stressful job and this type of massage is the perfect way to help me unwind and feel at peace again. I love the way Giuseppina knows exactly what area’s to focus on to shift any blocked energy and help ease the tension. “Sarah, Oct 2012