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Shiatsu Therapy

Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese massage therapy that originated from ancient Chinese medicine principles. The word "shiatsu" translates to "finger pressure," highlighting its core technique of applying pressure to specific points on the body using fingers, thumbs, palms, and elbows. This therapeutic practice is based on the concept of meridians or energy pathways through which vital energy, known as "qi" or "ki," flows.

During a shiatsu session, the practitioner applies rhythmic pressure to acupressure points along the body's meridians, focusing on areas of tension or imbalance. By stimulating these points, shiatsu aims to release blocked energy, promote circulation, and enhance the body's natural ability to heal itself. Additionally, gentle stretching and joint mobilization techniques may be incorporated to further relax muscles and improve flexibility.

Shiatsu is not only a physical therapy but also a holistic approach to wellness that addresses the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit. It can help alleviate a wide range of ailments and conditions, including stress, anxiety, headaches, back pain, insomnia, digestive issues, and fatigue. Beyond its therapeutic benefits, shiatsu promotes deep relaxation, reduces muscle tension, and enhances overall well-being.

While shiatsu is generally performed on a floor mat or futon, it can also be adapted to a massage table or chair for convenience and accessibility. Sessions typically last between 60 to 90 minutes, during which clients remain fully clothed in comfortable attire. Whether used as a standalone treatment or as part of a holistic health regimen, shiatsu offers a gentle yet powerful method for restoring balance and harmony to the body and mind.

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Shiatsu may help you with

  • Relaxation

  • Stress relief

  • Pain relief

  • Improved circulation

  • Enhanced flexibility

  • Better sleep

  • Increased energy

  • Emotional balance

  • Mental clarity

  • Immune support

What is Shiatsu Therapy?

Shiatsu is a Japanese massage therapy technique that involves applying pressure to specific points on the body to promote relaxation, reduce stress, and alleviate muscle tension. It aims to balance the body's energy flow, known as "qi" or "ki," to enhance overall well-being and restore harmony.

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Our Shiatsu Therapies

We offer a wide range of therapies. All our therapists are members of professional bodies, are fully trained, insured and have, in many cases, years of experience.

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Clinical Massage

Clinical massage therapy utilises advanced techniques and modalities to help with everything from reducing chronic musculoskeletal pain from head to toe to aiding in the relief of stress, depression & anxiety.

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Deep Tissue Massage

Deep Tissue Massage, as its name says, focuses on the deeper layers of muscle tissue. It is designed to reach the deep sections of thick muscles, specifically the individual muscle fibres.

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Hot Stone Massage

Hot stone massage involves the placement of heated smooth stones on specific points of the body and incorporates them into a massage to promote relaxation, relieve muscle tension, and enhance overall well-being.

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Indian Head Massage

During an Indian head massage session, the practitioner uses a variety of massage techniques, including kneading, compression, and rhythmic strokes, to release tension, promote relaxation, and improve circulation in the upper body.

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Therapeutic Massage

Unwind and de-stress after a long week. A variety of techniques to soothe tired muscles and promote relaxation. Perfect for anyone looking to escape the stresses of daily life and rejuvenate their mind and body.

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Our Shiatsu Therapists

The practitioners here all offer free 15 minute consultations so that you can get to know them as practitioners but more importantly, understand your health & how treatment may progress.

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Our Clinic Locations

We operate in-person clinics in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Bathgate as well offer remote consultations so that you can conveniently get the help you require, no matter where in the world you are. Find out more about each clinic below


18 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ
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61 Cresswell Street, Glasgow, G12 8AD
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62 George Street, Bathgate, EH48 1PD
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18 Bristo Place, Edinburgh, EH1 1EZ, 61 Cresswell Street, Glasgow, G12 8AD
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