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Shiatsu is a Japanese physical therapy based in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Shiatsu takes place fully clothed on a futon on the floor. The person can deeply relax, supported by the ground and the specific quality of touch, there’s a feeling of deep nurturing. Shiatsu theory works with the meridian system of the body.
The energy lines or meridians correspond to all the organs, having points along them where energy accumulates and can be dispersed or redirected depending on the person’s energetic state.
Through shiatsu, there’s activation of the vagus nerve of the Parasympathetic nervous system. This is the repairing side of the nervous system, the yin side in Oriental medicine terms. By activating it, we promote deeper relaxation and sleep which in turn facilitates all the biochemistry needed for cellular repair.
Shiatsu integrates also mobility and stretches that help with injuries and stagnation. It prevents and treats issues such as joint pains, muscle aches, headaches, migraines, digestive problems insomnia, burnout, stress and all the myriad of ailments that these conditions bring.
Shiatsu has a sound holistic theoretic and technical base that makes it the best choice of therapeutic massage.
Benefitsmy clients experience
Benefits my clients experience
Shiatsu makes your body more resilient
You’ll be supporting your health making your body more resilient, improving mobility and reducing stress.
Shiatsu helps the lymphatic, circulatory and nervous systems and cellular repair.
By having Shiatsu specially regularly, you’ll be strengthening your body to defend against the toxic load we are all exposed in the form of pollution, chemicals, viruses and other stressors of the immune system and to have more energy for what you want to do.
Shiatsu decreases your stress levels
Shiatsu helps with your mental health
You’ll be looking after your mental health by reconnecting with your body and giving yourself time and space to relax.
It helps with all types of aches and pains
It helps with a more sound and restorative sleep.
Common Questions about shiatsu
Is Shiatsu the same as massage?
Shiatsu is done fully clothed and traditionally without oils. The techniques are mainly using perpendicular pressure and a lot of attention is given to the abdomen (Hara) as a diagnostic area to understand the general health condition of the person. As a body therapy based in Chinese Medicine many Shiatsu therapists don’t consider Shiatsu a massage
For whom is Shiatsu?
It is for everybody regardless of level of health, mobility, age, disabilities.. Different techniques and level of pressure will be applied bearing in mind the person’s age, health conditions, mobility, pressure preferences
Does Shiatsu use oils?
No traditionally. I don’t use oils. Pressure is applied in the majority of techniques perpendicularly and there’s minimal sweeping movements. So not dragging or chaffing occurs.
I have mobility issues and can’t get on the floor. Can I still have Shiatsu?
Yes. Shiatsu can take pace also on a chair or massage table. It’s versatile enough to adapt to different needs and mobility levels
Are you fully qualified and Insured?
Yes. I trained and obtained a Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Shiatsu after completing the 3 years of mandatory training.with the European Shiatsu School in London to become a practitioner. Apart from the 750h of classes. the theory part comprised exams on Anatomy, Physiology and some pathology ,Traditional Chinese Medicine, Meridian and Points exams. The practical side comprised Exam on Acupressure Points, 100 case treatments, 6 Detailed case histories and been assessed separately by 2 teachers. I am on ongoing learning and since qualifying I have done courses on Thai massage, Japanese face massage, I have joined a peer supervised Shiatsu circle and received other physical therapies that have given me great insights into the body.
Is Shiatsu the same as Acupressure?
Acupressure is part of the techniques used in Shiatsu. It concentrates on stimulating the healing properties of the acupressure points of the body to treat specific conditions.
Can I have Shiatsu if I’m pregnant?
After the 1rst trimester is perfectly safe. Before that, contact me to discuss your options.
Is there anything I should know before my treatment?
Wear comfy warm clothes or bring some to change into. Do not eat heavily, something light should be ok though. Do not drink alcohol. Do drink water/ herbal/tea and specially after your session. Arrive 5 min before your appointment.
What should I expect after my treatment?
You might feel a bit cold as the blood draws inward towards the organs. You might feel light headed. Do wait for a while before driving or cycling. You might feel lighter, refreshed, calmer. You might feel more in touch with yourself, your body and your emotions. Sometimes deep buried emotions can be brought up during or after the treatment. This is normal and will help release your body of the tensions we carry around with us. I have been witness to this in myself and others. It’s all part of the healing journey.
Is Shiatsu massage good for you?
Shiatsu is a therapeutic massage.
It helps with common ailments, as a way to enhance your health and well-being or simply to relax and reconnect with your body.
It also supports physical healing processes and prevention of ailments by
1) activating the vagus nerve of the parasympathetic nervous system,
2) Improving blood circulation
3)Improving lymphatic drainage,
4) Helping to enhance cellular repair and therefore strengthening immune function and optimising energy production
What do you wear to a Shiatsu massage?
Ideally, wear something comfy or bring something to change into before the session
What happens in a session?
Your practitioner will greet you at the lobby of 65 London Wall to take you to the therapy room on the first floor.
There will be a short chat about your general health and specific issues you’d like to address.
You’ll be lying down on a futon on the floor for the duration of the session. You can be on your back, front or / and side where the therapist will apply pressure with her hands, fingers, elbows, knees or feet as required and do mobility and stretches.
How painful is a Shiatsu massage?
Shiatsu is pleasant and relaxing. The amount of pressure will depend on your preference. There will be a sensation of release when treating tight areas.
How it works?
1- You Connect
You book an appointment by sending the form below or you book a free 15min call to assess your needs
2- I contact you
I’ll get back to you with possible dates for a session (or for the free assessment call if that’s what you require)
3- We Book the session
You book the session and attend on the day. You pay on the day with card or cash. If the session is online I send you the payment link and you pay at least 48h before the session.
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Our Clients Reviews
"I came to Anna for shiatsu as I had a busy lifestyle and was looking to de-stress and have some time out for myself. Anna created a very supportive, nourishing environment which allowed me to relax and let go. She took time to check in with how my body was which made me feel comfortable and safe. She's very experienced as over the course of our shiatsus she was able to adapt to whatever was going on with my body. She brought a sense of calm and healing to her work and I always felt relaxed, refreshed with a new sense of purpose.I highly recommend Anna as a shiatsu practitionerElaine Thomson
I’ve had a shoulder issue for more than a year that made every day tasks complicated: putting on a coat was painful and attaching my bras difficult, reaching high shelves impossible... a bit worrying when you’re only 50! After just one session with Anna, the pain was gone and the amplitude of my movements almost back to normal. Just amazing! The second session further improved things and, with the recommended exercises I’m now back to normal. Highly recommended.
Thanks Anna for the wonderful Shiastu work you did during my therapy. I honestly found Shiatsu massage to be very effective in my case. Especially the points on hands and knee joints release a lot of stress.
Ana Thank you so much. What you did was absolutely wonderful. I’ve started exercising which was my goal and am just grounding in different levels. I’ll definitely be in touch am just following guidance and so grateful for the pain not to be consistent anymore!
I have had regular shiatsu treatments from Anna over a number of years. Her treatments are always excellent and she has resolved a number of long term problems I had.
“The most relaxing thing I have ever done”
“Best shiatsu this side of Japan”
Anna is a very experienced Shiatsu therapist and her treatments are very relaxing and profound. I can highly recommend to take care for body mind and spirit.