Shiatsu – A deeply calming and relaxing natural healing massage using pressure, touch and stretching. Based on the same ‘meridians’ and pressure points used in acupuncture, the practictioner works with your body’s own subtle energy, called chi or ki, to restore its natural balance, increasing vitality and stimulating your body’s own natural healing abilities. 

Shiatsu works to restore health and wellbeing from within, and so can address a wide range of health problems, including headaches, neck and shoulder and back pain, joint pain, digestive, menstrual and fertility problems, stress, sleep problems, depression and fatigue.

What to Expect

You will remain fully clothed during your treatment which will generally fit into a 1-hour time slot. Wear loose-fitting clothing: track trousers and a loose top are ideal, and natural fibres are preferable. Please refrain from wearing perfume and avoid eating a heavy meal or stimulants such as tea, coffee or alcohol before a treatment.

During your Shiatsu treatment, Trish will work with you sitting in a chair, and/or on a massage table. You may be given some dietary advice or simple stretches to do at home.

Some individuals benefit greatly from just one treatment; however, further treatment is usually advised if you wish to address a specific health problem. People also choose to have regular Shiatsu treatments for relaxation and preventative maintenance.

Shiatsu is compatible with other natural healing therapies and with orthodox medicine.

  • First Appointment 1¼ hours
  • Follow-up appointments 1 hour

Also Back, Neck and Shoulders only

  • First appointment ¾ hour
  • Follow-ups ½ hour

Myofascial Release

This is a very gentle technique, where a part of the body is held by the practitioner. A gentle, unforced pressure promotes ‘unwinding’ of the fascia (connective tissue) which can occur at a deceptively deep level.  As the fascia connects all the structures in the body, the effects of this technique may be felt on a musculoskeletal level, easing cronic pain, neck and back pain, headaches, jaw problems, frozen shoulder and inflammation. It may go deeper to address, for example, IBS or menstrual discomfort.

The fascia or connective tissue runs through our body, supporting and protacting bones, muscles, organs, blood vessels and nerves. Following physical and emotional trauma and/or through poor posture, our fascia can harden, causing the fascial network to lose its cushioning and pulling of internal structures out of alignment, creating pain and dysfunction.

A single ½ hour treatment may create a surprising profound change to your mobility and/or pain level. This technique may also be incorporated into a Shiatsu treatment.

Hand Massage

This form of hand massage has its origins in Korea. As in foot reflexology, it is believed that points on the hands correspond to other parts of the body. The massage extends into your wrists and lower arms where we all hold so much tension.

Enjoy this half-hour treatment with warming sesame oil and other soothing essential oils and, as I tease the tension out of your hands, your whole body will relax.