Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork which stimulates the body’s natural healing ability and is a deeply relaxing experience. The philosophy underlying shiatsu is that vital energy (ki in Japanese) flows through the body in a series of channels called meridians. When ki stops flowing freely it produces a symptom and shiatsu helps to rebalance and improve the quality of ki through touch, increasing feelings of wellbeing. Shiatsu is a therapy which treats each individual uniquely and holistically both on the physical and mental/emotional levels. The treatment usually takes place on a futon and the client remains fully clothed. To have shiatsu you should wear comfortable clothing such as joggers or leggings, a warm long sleeve top, and socks. The practitioner considers your state of health according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine with shiatsu theory and then uses a variety of appropriate techniques including pressure along the meridians and at specific points, along with joint rotations and muscle stretches.
If you would like to book a Shiatsu appointment, please call reception and they will put you in touch with our Shiatsu practitioner who will contact you directly for booking.
Our Shiatsu Practitioners
Annie first began her shiatsu studies while living in Japan. She then graduated from a 3 year Shiatsu diploma course with the European Shiatsu School in London in 2000, gained MRSS recognition in 2001 and has worked in continuous private and clinical practice since then. She has also practised Shiatsu for the NHS working with auto-immune conditions, for the Complementary Health Trust and within the corporate sector.
Nadia Reid (FwSS)
Nadia Reid had established a career as a therapist, having worked professionally using her massage, reflexology and aesthetician training for more than 25 years. However, it was in 2007 that she completed her practitioner training at the London School of Shiatsu and is currently a Fellow of the Shiatsu Society (UK). Shiatsu is now where her heart lies and it has inspired her core belief that inner health is essential for sustainable happiness and well-being.
Nadia has studied the Zen Shiatsu approach which goes directly to the core of the client’s present condition via its subtle diagnostic system. The use of a stationary, “listening” hand guiding the penetrating, working hand makes for great sensitivity and effectiveness. An initial assessment helps her to identify areas needing to be treated with Shiatsu in a way which will bring about the best results for her clients.
Her natural approach of gentle calmness and healing leave clients feeling uplifted and balanced by the experience, whether they have come purely for relaxation and release from the stresses of their daily lives, or to address a particular issue.
Clients remain clothed in comfortable attire, and the treatment is traditionally given while you lie on mats at floor level. Typically, a client will want about 6 sessions altogether.
In addition to offering Shiatsu at reCentre’s Therapy Rooms, Nadia volunteers weekly at the Mulberry Centre, Isleworth, offering Shiatsu treatments to people with cancer.
APPOINTMENT TIMES IN BALHAM SW12 & TOOTING SW17
Monday–Friday: 8.00am - 8.00pm
Saturday: 9.00am – 3.30pm