This style of massage works the channels their acupoints on the body. Hailing from the Japan, Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure”.

Diagnosis is formed from assessing the tongue, pulse and abdomen, along with the typical lifestyle questions asked in Chinese Medicine consultations. Whilst remaining fully clothed, the patient lies on a futon on the ground and the practitioner massages and stretches the body with thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows and occasionally feet.

Ancillary techniques such as cupping, moxibustion and gua sha (gently scraping oiled skin with a spoon, aka spooning) are often incorporated into treatments also. Shiatsu is a calming, grounding form of treatment that can address many ailments including musculoskeletal, psycho emotional, fertility, and many more.

Loose comfortable clothing is a must for this style of massage. If you have any questions please email Nicola at

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