What to Expect During a Shiatsu

Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a futon (a thin matress) on the floor, however, it is extremely versatile and can be carried out sitting, standing or on a therapy couch. 

Shiatsu is performed through clothing, so please wear comfortable, loose clothing.  Jeans, belts and skirts are best avoided.  Shoes will need to be removed.  This may seem a strange approach, but it is the best way to receive Shiatsu.  Even in hot weather, it is best to have your arms and legs covered to prevent discomfort, particularly if the treatment is incorporating stretches.

Each treatment is bespoke.  No 2 people are the same, so why would they be treated so?  This is why during your first appointment a detailed history will be taken (in complicated cases more time may be needed - please allow for this when you book).  Please be as open and honest as possible - no judgements are made, other than for the purpose of defining your treatment.

As treatments are bespoke, it is impossible to detail here precisely what will happen during yours, but a typical treatment includes taking a personal history (including medical history), palming along meridians, penetrating "acupuncture" points with thumbs, cross-fibre massage, fascia unwinding, rotations and stretches.  Shiatsu treatments are often very relaxing, but this depends on the type of treatment you want/need. 

During some treatments there may be discomfort, I encourage feedback, so if you are finding something uncomfortable it is important to let me know.  In the colder months you may also find that while you were warm at the start of the treatment, you may begin to feel a little cool, if this is the case, please let me know as I can easily work through blankets/towels. Please do not suffer in silence, this is often counterproductive.

What should I do before and after a treatment?

  •  Please avoid eating a heavy meal in the 2 hours before a treatment
  • Alcohol is best avoided on the day of your treatment
  • Please drink plenty of water on the day of your treatment
  • Ideally, refrain from strenuous and stressfull activities after your treatment


Please be aware that you may well feel tired or extremely relaxed after a treatment, please listen to your body and rest if necessary.