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Shiatsu treatment is much more than a standard massage. It incorporates carefully applied pressure and manipulation to the body, without pain, to which the whole body responds.

Although Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice, the therapist uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structures and to re-balance its energy flow.

Shiatsu depends upon a thorough understanding of our human body. It originated in Japan but was based on Traditional Chinese Medicine. Shiatsu also incorporates the advanced 21st century knowledge of human physiology.

Shiatsu will assist the healing of a wide range of Conditions, from specific pain and injuries to general symptoms of debility and poor health.

A scientific explanation for Shiatsu is: Pressure and Mobilisation techniques. In addition, stimulation from kneading areas of the body improves circulation, relaxes tension in muscles; releases toxins and triggers responses from the nervous and hormonal systems to aid healing.

What to Expect:

During your appointment, Wei Wu will first take a case history from information provided by you about your health, symptoms and diet. You will remain fully clothed throughout the session and it will take place lying down on a futon mat at floor level or on a treatment couch.

Wei Wu may begin by gently palpating (touching) your abdomen to gauge your body’s energy levels including the areas that need special attention. The abdominal area is called ‘Hara’ in Japanese. The ‘Hara’ consists of all our vital organs and constitutes as the centre of gravity. Following diagnosis as to the needs of the body, Wei Wu will begin applying pressure to the relevant areas applying: fingers, thumbs, elbows and occasionally the foot. Wei Wu may also apply gentle stretches and shiatsu massage techniques to ease tension in the muscles and assist mobilization of the joints.

The touch, pressure and manipulation used in Shiatsu are pleasurable and comforting. Wei Wu will always be guided by your responses and reactions, while the energy of the therapy is transferred to the parts of your body which need help. They respond to adjustment and pain is relieved. The experience of Wei Wu’s treatment is relaxing, therapeutic, pain relieving, remedial, and rehabilitating.

What Conditions is Shiatsu used for?

  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Hip problems
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headache
  • Premenstrual syndrome
  • Infertility
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Tiredness, exhaustion
  • Recovery from injuries
  • Stress
  • Arthritis pain
  • Poor digestion
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Relaxation