Cumbria and Lake District Shiatsu

What is Shiatsu ?

Shiatsu is the sustained application of pressure to various acupressure points, meridians (as in acupuncture) and areas of the body using mainly the thumbs, knuckles, fingers and palms and sometimes the elbows, knees and feet.

Treatment is usually given with the recipient lying on a floor mat and normally lasts 30 to 90 minutes. Loose clothing is worn.

The aim is to restore and balance the flow of 'chi' (energy), release tension and induce relaxation.

It was originally developed as a separate therapy in the early 1900s by a practitioner named Tamai Tempaku. Since then, various forms have been developed.

Tokujiro Namikoshi and his son, Toru, emphasised pressure on neuro-muscular points to release pain and tension. Wataru Ohashi extended this work in the US.

What is Shiatsu good for?

It is used to restore vitality, release tension and pain, promote health and treat disease. Research has confirmed its relaxing effect.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be ill to receive Shiatsu?

No. People can receive this treatment purely for relaxation and enjoyment. Regular treatments may help to keep the body in harmony and ward off ill-health.

Can I receive Shiatsu whilst on medication?

Yes. Your practitioner will ask whether you are currently taking medication and take details of any medical conditions you are suffering from.

I’m pregnant – can I still receive Shiatsu?

Yes. It is safe and supportive during and after pregnancy.  Many of our practitioners specialise in maternity. 

Can this Shiatsu treatment help with ongoing or incurable conditions?

Yes. It can offer support and can often help to moderate or manage symptoms even if the problem will never really go away. An increased sense of well being due to Shiatsu may boost tolerance levels in the receiver, helping them to deal with the symptoms more easily.

I cannot lie on the floor. Can I still have this Shiatsu treatment?

Yes. It is possible to receive it in a chair, lying on a treatment couch, in a wheelchair or even in a hospital bed.

Shiatsu home


Ulverston Natural Health Centre

1,Trinity Hall, The Gill, Ulverston, Cumbria, LA12 7BJ

call  01229 586959