What’s good about bodywork?

Acupuncture and acupressure have been around for 4000 years. They work on the principle that in a healthy person energy flows freely round the body.  In China and Japan acupuncture and acupressure are used extensively in mainstream medicine – and they’re starting to be used within the NHS in Britain too.  Chinese and Japanese therapies and practices such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Do-in are designed to stimulate and balance the energy meridians within the body.

Shiatsu techniques, Qi Gong and Do-in are therefore very effective activities as part of a head-heart-body approach to optimizing balanced awareness and action.  They can greatly enhance and deepen coaching and self-development journeys.

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning “finger pressure”. It is based on similar principles to acupuncture, but Shiatsu practitioners use their hands rather than needles.  Shiatsu treatments, (which are done through clothing), use techniques such as still, relaxed pressure at various points on the body with the hand or thumb, or gentle stretches or rotations of limbs.  Treatments aim to help the key energy meridians and points to stay unblocked, and therefore promote health. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.

Shiatsu works to support and strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.

In relation to massage, Shiatsu treatments seem to use few techniques.  To an observer it may appear that little is happening – merely a still, relaxed pressure at various points on the clothed body with the hand or thumb, an easy leaning of the elbows or a simple rotation of a limb. It almost seems a lazy activity and, to the extent that it conserves one’s energy, it is. But underneath the uncomplicated movements much is happening internally to the body’s energy on a subtle level.

For more information on Shiatsu, visit the Shiatsu society website at:

Contact me if you’d like to find out more about how Shiatsu might be able to help you, or to arrange a Shiatsu treatment.