The word shiatsu means 'finger pressure' in Japanese. Shiatsu was developed in Japan and incorporates techniques of anma (Japanese traditional massage), acupressure and stretching. The practice uses comfortable pressure, touch and manipulative techniques.

Zen Shiatsu


Zen Shiatsu is the name of the style developed by Shizuto Masunaga (1925-1981). He named his style IOKAI (King) Shiatsu. Masunaga believed Shiatsu was the King of bodywork due to its deep, comfortable penetration, balancing and detoxifying effects. The Western publishers of his book, 1977, renamed it Zen. Zen Shiatsu goes directly to the core of the receiver's present condition via its subtle diagnostic system. The use of a stationary, listening hand guiding the penetrating, working hand makes for great sensitivity and effectiveness.

Benefits of Shiatsu


As shiatsu is a holistic and natural therapy it can benefit most people. Many use it as a form of stress management or as part of a preventative health care programme. Helping to maintain balance, the therapy can promote overall well-being, even if you are fit and healthy.


Often people seek this therapy during times in their life when there are major changes. This may include adolescence, pregnancy, the menopause or when adjusting to later life.


The therapy is especially useful for the following:


  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • improving circulation

  • Digestive issues

  • Relieving Nausea and vomiting

  • Menstrual and menopausal problems

  • Migraine

  • Muscle pain or tension

  • Neck and back pain

  • Chronic pain

  • Reducing Stress

  • Boosting the immune system

  • Arthritis

  • Alleviating insomnia due to its sedative effects

  • Treatment of diarrhoea, indigestion, constipation, and other disorders of the gastrointestinal tract

  • Enhancing physical vitality and emotional wellbeing


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