EmbodyForYou.comthe online guide to health and beauty

Our Treatment Guide


Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage which aims to correct energy imbalances within the body. Shiatsu is the Japanese word for ‘finger pressure’, and in this type of massage the practitioner applies pressure to the main energy pathways within the client’s body. These pathways or channels are known as meridians and they are the routes along which the life-force energy travels within the body. The aim of the therapy is to release energy where there are any blockages, and to move energy into those areas of the body that are depleted.

How does it work?

By clearing blocked and stagnant energy within the body the therapist encourages the client’s natural flow of chi (often also referred to as ki or qi), which is the life force within every living thing. In addition, scientific research also suggests that the pressure applied by the practitioner during the treatment may encourage the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers.

What does it involve?

At the first session, the therapist will begin by taking notes relating to the client’s medical history and lifestyle. After that, the client will be asked to lie (fully clothed) on a mat on the floor. The therapist will then use his or her fingers, palms, knuckles, elbows, knees and feet, to apply pressure to the client’s meridians, which are sited throughout the body. The treatment usually takes between forty-five minutes and an hour and, when the shiatsu has been completed, the practitioner may also offer nutritional and lifestyle advice.

What is it good for?

Shiatsu is used to treat a range of conditions including back, neck and shoulder pain, circulatory problems, digestive disorders, sinusitis, catarrh, asthma and bronchitis, migraine, headaches, chronic fatigue and stressrelated problems such as anxiety and depression.

What are the benefits?

Shiatsu is widely regarded in Japan as a means of maintaining good health and preventing illness and disease. This is because a shiatsu practitioner can identify and correct the energy imbalances before they develop into symptoms and then into disease. Many clients report feeling invigorated and energised after a shiatsu treatment, whilst some people feel very relaxed and sleepy.

What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?

Shiatsu can be a fairly vigorous therapy, as the therapist will use a range of pushing, squeezing and twisting movements in order release stagnant and trapped energy. It should be avoided by anyone with open wounds, rashes, infectious skin diseases (e.g. impetigo); anyone who has phlebitis, varicose veins or is prone to blood clots; anyone who has a recent fracture or sprain; anyone who has had recent chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment.

Massage of the abdominal area should be avoided by anyone who has an abdominal hernia, or who is in the first three months of pregnancy. It is important not to eat, drink alcohol, exercise vigorously or take a hot bath for at least one hour before or after shiatsu treatment.

What Next?

Use the links below to search for Shiatsu practitioners.

List of Shiatsu Salons and Therapists.

Other websites for Shiatsu

- Inner Perception

Shiatsu, alternative therapies and on-site massage course

- Skin Harmony

Beauty Salon

- Revive

Shiatsu, Sports, Deep tissue and Swedish Massage

- Shiatsu & Acupressure in London

Shiatsu & Acupressure - BAcC Accredited Therapist - Central London, Kentish Town

- Asian Shiatsu Massage

online source about shiatsu massage including shiatsu massage articles and video


Super B&B & Complementary Therapies in real lighthouse in Newport Gwent

- Shiatsu on The Wirral

Experienced Shiatsu & Reiki Practitioner based in Hoylake

- Iyasu - Shiatsu London

A mobile service providing on-site Shiatsu to companies

- www.annafra.co.uk

shiatsu is a japanese hands-on therapy

- Shiatsu therapy

Shiatsu and Hot Stone Massage treatment

- Julia Clark MRSS

Guide to shiatsu

- Magenta Healing

Shiatsu, Sound Healing, Soul Retrieval, Regression, Cord Cutting

- Feel Good Zone

Therapies and workshops for well being

- The Amber Zone

Complementary Health Clinic

- Shiatsu London

Complementary therapies including shiatsu, cranio sacral therapy, massage .....

- The Mind Body Centre

Excellence in eastern & western complementary medicine & beauty treatments

- Freeflow Therapies

Shiatsu and NLP in London

- Fusion Shiatsu

Simple therapies for a complex life