Shiatsu is a form of natural healing massage that uses pressure and touch, and stretching and joint mobilisation techniques. It is based on the same ‘meridians’ and pressure points used in acupuncture. The treatment works with the body’s own subtle energy, called chi or ki, to restore its natural balance, increasing vitality and stimulating the body’s own natural healing abilities. Clients remain clothed throughout the treatment.

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

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.


Ayurvedic Marma Massage

Marmas are the energetic cross-roads of the body, meeting points of different types of tissue, such as muscle and tendon, tendon and bone. Ayurvedic Marma Massage is an excellent way to work on these pressure points, stimulating that subtle energy that runs through meridians and balancing the chakras (energy centres).

As well as stimulating the production of the “feel good” hormones known as endorphins, this massage will aid relaxation, stress reduction and emotional release. It is also documented that Ayurvedic Marma Massage helps stimulate immunity, flexibility and strength.

The rapid, repetitive strokes that are the hallmark of this massage style promote the movement and release of toxins. In reducing stress and fatigue, this massage will help slow the aging process.

Trish tailors her Ayurvedic treatments to an hour.

Longer 1½ hour treatments include a head and whole body massage.