image of shiatsu being done on someones backAbout Shiatsu

Shiatsu is a form of therapeutic body work that originated in Japan. Over the years Shiatsu has evolved with many influences from the East and West resulting in various different styles of Shiatsu being practised, all are based in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).

Zen Shiatsu was founded by Shizuto Masunaga who integrated Zen Buddhist philosophy, TCM, ancient folk law, western physiology, and psychology.

The Japanese word Shiatsu means 'Finger Pressure', and the thumbs, fingers, and palms, are used to work on pathways of energy called meridians. Stretches and rotations are also used to help present meridians and release stuck energy.

Zen Shiatsu is rooted in the principles of Taoism which originated in ancient China. The Tao in English means the 'Way' or 'Path' and promotes a way of life that respects the flow of natural events and holds great value in the natural patterns and processes of the universe, of which we are a part.

Ki is the Japanese word that represents the flow of energy that sustains life. When Ki is not flowing freely discomfort, pain, or ill health may be experienced. Shiatsu allows contact with Ki via the meridians aiding it's free flow. By releasing blockages and strengthening the system the natural healing process is assisted, promoting health vitality and a sense of integrity.


The Treatment

Shiatsu usually takes place on a futon on the floor and the receiver remains in clothes that are loose and comfortable.  Treatments usually last one hour although the first session will take longer as a detailed case history is also needed. Zen Shiatsu begins with a Hara diagnosis which involves gentle pressure on the abdomen, the treatment will be guided by this diagnosis and the receiver's needs at the time of treatment.



As a holistic therapy Shiatsu not only affects the parts of the body being worked on but the whole person promoting positive changes on many levels. Aiding the emotional and mental state as well as easing the physical body Shiatsu can help bring a sense of inner stability and natural vitality.

Shiatsu may be particularly helpful in stress related conditions as the autonomic nervous system is supported in promoting a deep sense of calm.

As a preventative therapy regular treatments along-side appropriate exercise and diet may ease ongoing stresses and strains that can affect health in a major way.

Facilitating positive changes Shiatsu can help to bring a natural sense of ease.

Recommendations may be given that involve making changes to your life-style or diet that will aid the natural healing process.


Community Shiatsu Clinic

At the lovely Burwash Common Pavilion TN19 7NA -

From 2.30 to 5pm, 27th January, 24th February, 30th March, 27th April, 25th May, 29th June, 27th July, 2020

Paulette Dale Roberts and I will be giving shiatsu every month, and when ever they can 2nd and 3rd year Students from the Shiatsu Collage will also be joining us to give treatments.

A 40 minute Shiatsu treatment is £15 and a 20 minute seated Shiatsu treatment is £8.

The 40 minute appointments are at 2.30, 3.15, and 4.00 pm.

To book please use the contact form in the menu above.

If we are fully booked you are welcome to just come and sit very quietly, drink some free tea, and see what is involved in a Shiatsu treatment.

For anyone wanting to find out more about Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine there will be a number of books available to read in the sitting area.

An appointment sheet will be on the table as you enter so that if there happens to be a space coming up, you may put your name in and wait.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Individual Shiatsu Treatments

I also offer full individual Shiatsu treatments in a quiet and private environment.

To find out more or to book an appointment with me Heather please use the contact form in the menu above.