Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese manual therapy that applies some of the principles and techniques of acupuncture, connecting with different reflex points or ‘tsubos’ along the Meridians in the body. These Meridians or energetic channels correspond to different vital organs and their functions, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine go beyond the anatomical.
Benefits of Shiatsu
relaxes mind and body
restores and balances energy
eases tension and stiffness
enhances well being
A study carried out by Professor Andrew Long, University of Leeds showed that:
89% of Shiatsu receivers felt calmer & more relaxed
Up to 60% of regular Shiatsu receivers slept better
Reduced use of conventional medicine (Research published: )
Treatments usually last one hour and you remain fully clothed. You should allow more time for a first treatment as the practitioner needs to take a detailed case history in order to develop a complete picture of your health. A Shiatsu treatment takes place on a padded futon mat at floor level, but can also take place on a specialist massage couch, depending on the client's needs.
A seated acupressure session can last from 10 to 30 minutes.
A quicker Shiatsu treatment that is practiced on a comfortable massage chair and that mainly focuses on relieving tensions on neck, shoulders and back. Ideal for people who spend long hours working on a computer, for example, or for those who don't have time for a full futon treatment.
"Ralph's calm attentive manner have made having Shiatsu treatments relaxing and rewarding experience. Having suffered with several long term illnesses these treatments have really giving me a new lease of life and addressed several issues at once. Ralph is truly gifted and I wouldn't trust my treatments with anyone else. He explains things easily and makes you feel very relaxed."
Liz Tyler, Personal Trainer
“Have been to Swiss chiropractors and none of them resulted like Ralph's session. Many many years of toil on my body and he left me feeling refreshed and vitalised. I would highly recommend.”
Collette Salsky, Circus Artist