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Yoga in South East London – Sydenham and Forest Hill

Vinyasa Flow Yoga in Honor Oak Park
New Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class in Honor Oak Park with Francesca

Yoga in South East London – Sydenham and Forest Hill

If you’re interested in looking after your physical and mental wellbeing, there isn’t much that comes close to a good Yoga session! (other than a Shiatsu of course)

There are a growing number of excellent yoga teachers holding a variety of yoga classes in South East London.  Below is a list of local yoga classes in SE23 and SE26

New Vinyasa Flow Yoga Class in Honor Oak Park

Possibly the first Vinyasa Flow class in the SE London area is with Francesca at the Honor Oak Pub on Monday evenings from 6.45 until 8pm.

The first class is free and you can get a discount for block booking your classes.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga seems to have come from nowhere to be an increasingly popular style, known for it’s flowing form (as the name implies). So if you haven’t tried it out yet then now is your chance, before the classes get too full!

email: to ask any questions or to book in your first yoga class.

Four Highly Recommended Teachers:

Kate McKenzie – Yoga

kate mckenzie yoga teacher,singer & performer. healing,creativity and discovering true potential through sound and yoga classes are informed by an eclectic 


Group yoga classes in Sydenham, London SE26. … “I think you’re one of the best yoga teachers I’ve come across and your precision and attention to detail is …


Yoga SE23 SE26
Yoga Classes in Forest Hill and Sydenham, South East London

Bright Yoga – Home
A relatively new yoga teacher to the area, offering a range of classes and styles in convenient locations. Styles include: Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Dynamic power yoga, all with a focus on technique, moving from one pose to the other… generally keeping things dynamic and flowing

Yoga in South East London – SE23 Forest Hill, Honor Oak, Sydenham.  YogaClasses in Forest Hill, Honor Oak & East Dulwich 


07868 740 419



Anna Ranprem, Anna Browne, Kundalini Yoga, South East London My name is Anna Ranprem and I teach Kundalini Yoga in Forest Hill, London. Kundalini …

Other Yoga teachers and classes in South East London


Yoga in Forest Hill. THURSDAYS. 7.00 – 8.30 pm – Mixed Ability. Friends Meeting House. 34 Sunderland Road Forest Hill London SE23 2QA see a map of the …


Iyengar yoga classes in South London, improve flexibility, stamina and sense of well being.

St Georges church, Vancouver Road, forest hill, London SE23 2AP

07809 758244


Oaktree Yoga is based in Honor Oak Park and Forest Hill (close to Catford and Sydenham), South London SE23 (close to SE6 and SE26) offering ashtanga …


Rachel is an Astanga Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha yoga teacher and Sport and Remedial Massage Therapist, based in South-East London with classes in …

Forest Hill Methodist Church

Normanton Street, London SE23 2DS

07887 601111


Private practise (One to One Yoga) at home: Border Road, Sydenham SE26 Do call or email to book or for more information.


Feb 22, 2013 – The Sydenham & Forest Hill Community Yoga Association are now …Cathy Tincknell also has classes in Penge on a Saturday morning.


Yoga classes are available at LA fitness Sydenham. Discover the updated studio timetable here and try us today!


Purna Yoga London offers asana classes, workshops, retreats teacher trainings, privates, nutrition guidance, meditation, philosophy and a whole lot of joy!


Weekly Hatha Yoga class in Forest Hill, every Monday 19:30-20:45, at f h space. …Junction, as well as the new East London Overground line go to Forest Hill.

9 Havelock Walk

London SE23 3HG

07977 968887

Yoga is great for helping manage a range of physical conditions, improving strength and flexibility, releasing tight muscles, calming the mind, improving sleep and generally boosting your health and energy levels.

If you’re new to yoga it’s a good idea to try out a few classes or different styles of yoga to find out which suits you best and to find a teacher whose teaching style fits with your preferred learning style.  Hopefully the list above will give you a bit of a start in finding a great yoga class in South East London.

Yoga Sydenham and Forest Hill
It’s a great idea to support your Yoga Practice with Shiatsu treatments

Shiatsu for Yogis and Yoginis

If you’d like to support your yoga practice then Shiatsu can be a great way to do that. Shiatsu massage can help your body adapt to the new exercises, increase flexibility, deal with past injuries more quickly (sometimes our bodies need to manifest old injuries before we can move through and resolve them) calm your mind and get rid of stress.

You might like to try a Shiatsu massage when you first start yoga or when you come back to yoga after a break, to help your body adapt to the new movements.  Shiatsu is great for helping with musculo-skeletal issues, such as fallen arches, misalignment, scoliosis, twists in the spine, muscle imbalances and referred pain due to injuries or weaknesses.

Or if you’re pushing your yoga to the next level Shiatsu can help to improve your flexibility by safely stretching beyond where you can take yourself (we all have different kinds of resistance even if we should be physically able to get there) by releasing tension in the muscles as well as adhesions in the connective tissue.

Yoga is like a physical ‘Psycho-Analysis’ and Shiatsu can help with the reflection and resolution.

You might just want a one-off Shiatsu, occasional maintenance treatments or regular sessions depending on your budget, time constraints and what you’re facing in your work, life-style and physical/emotional/energetic health.

Whatever your needs Shiatsu can provide the support and nurturing you require!

If you’d like to have a shiatsu with me (Simon, The Shiatsu Guy) you can contact me on 07951 621 308 or

I have clinics in 4 London locations and I can do home visits in Forest Hill and Sydenham (Crystal Palace and Honor Oak too… and South East London in general usually works. but I might have to charge a wee bit for travel)

So give me a call today for a free consultation!

Shiatsu for mothers

Its tough being a Mum so try Shiatsu for all stages of motherhood – enhance your immune system, relax, take time out for yourself, get rid of that nagging back pain – all in as little as 60 minutes!


Shiatsu for Fertility

When you’re getting ready to have a child Shiatsu can help prepare you for fertility; by encouraging the right balance of hormones, reducing stress, relaxing the mum-to-be and reducing anxiety about conceiving. Shiatsu will also help you get in the best shape of your life in order to support the baby’s future development and give the best start in life.


Shiatsu for Mums

Shiatsu in the First trimester

Having conceived its important to use shiatsu to support mums health and energy, as well as early foetal development. Job stress and life’s pressures can have a negative effect on the young foetus, so it’s important to utilise shiatsu at this stage to support your health by de-stressing regularly and taking some time out of your busy schedule. There are certain pressure points that its important to avoid during the first trimester: top of the shoulder, above the ankle bone on the inside of the leg, and the web of the hand between the thumb and forefinger (though all of these are very useful later in pregnancy… Read on)


Shiatsu in the second trimester

Now the baby is established and starting  to grow/show… so its time to support the growth of the baby and the changes in future-mums body. You can expect the beginning id back ache, swelling feet, difficulty sleeping, increased frequency of urination… Fun times!

So it’s really important to slow down, look after yourself and make sure it’s as easy as possible from here on out


Shiatsu in the third trimester

By now you may well have ballooned with baby and baby weight, so you need support with the extra weight you’re carrying. You’ll be feeling it in your feet, lower back and inside your pelvis. Your energy levels may well be at an all time low, so regular shiatsu will be supporting your body as all these changes take place


Shiatsu around the Due Date

Remember those points we were avoiding in the first trimester? They’re about to come into their own! Those points encourage uterine contractions, not good when you’ve got a tiny teeny foetus holding on but great to encourage the birth! Shiatsu around the due date includes a series of points which relaxes mum and baby ready for delivery.


Shiatsu for late term mothers

Shiatsu master Kensen Saito helped mothers as late as 43 conceive naturally using only shiatsu (having already miscarried) (p92)

Shiatsu can also be used in conjunction with IVF treatment as will have only positive interactions. supporting mum to relax, boosting the immune system, promoting the right mix of hormones to produce healthy eggs… Generally bringing balance to the system, optimum to fertility!


Post natal Shiatsu

Support mum to recover from the ordeal of birth, recoup her energy, adjust to the new role of being a mother (or a mother of multiple little people). Can also give mum much needed space and emotional support post birth, as well as helping with post-natal depression and the baby blues.


Shiatsu for Mums in action

For Mums it’s all go looking after the little ones, and can contribute to back pain, low energy levels, a feeling of overwhelm… Take the time to switch off, nurture and invest in yourself, boost your immune system, give yourself quality time, and support your sleep cycle all with a simple shiatsu treatment!

So for future mums, expecting mums, active mums… Shiatsu is a one-stop shop to make you feel like super mum again!

Treatments are available in Liverpool street, London Bridge and Forest Hill clinics as well as in the comfort of your own home (travel may charges apply)

Contact Simon on 07951-621-308 or email to find out more and to book your Shiatsu session in

Natural Treatment for Anxiety

Looking for a natural treatment for anxiety and panic attacks, with no side effects? You can start to feel the benefits in as little as 60 minutes


Is there a natural cure for panic attacks and anxiety?

This is a good question and depends a lot on your definition of ‘cure’ and the cause of your anxiety and panic attacks.

Natural Treatment for Anxiety

The pharmaceutical companies may say the only real cure is to chemically alter your brain to make anxiety impossible to experience, but that doesn’t sound very natural to me… Surely the feelings of anxiety and panic are serving a purpose; to give us warnings and keep us safe in some ways. But it seems that due to a number of factors these signals are turned up too high or are triggered at the wrong times.

And what about the host of potential side effects from taking prescription medication? Often anti-anxiety drugs may make you feel worse in other ways, listed side effects of popular anti-anxiety medication Venlafaxine are blurred vision, headaches, high blood pressure, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, mood changes, possible convulsions, swelling and changes to menstrual cycle. Who would want that? Who would risk feeling worse than they already do, with no real guarantee you’ll ever be free of the medication?

Natural anxiety relief

Whereas if we look at the causes of the anxiety and panic attacks, take a natural approach and try to rebalance the systems responsible for those feelings of panic and anxiety, we would be working towards a more balanced response to the anxiety triggers.

This may be the closest you’ll come to an actual ‘cure’ but it will be a natural one!

By focusing on releasing nervous tension, emotional anxiety and the physical symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, you will be able to gain a greater degree of control over your life, eliminating the need for prescription medication and at the same time enhancing your overall health and wellbeing, instead of jeopardising it with side effects.

Shiatsu is an amazing natural massage technique that is especially effective when dealing with the connection between the physical, mental and emotional aspects of the body. Shiatsu is performed fully clothed on a futon on the floor or a traditional massage couch. A firm and steady pressure is applied with palms, thumbs and fingers to a series of energy lines and points throughout the body (meridians and pressure points, the same as acupuncture, but we don’t use needles). This pressure allows the body to release tension from the muscles, let go of stuck emotions, relax the mind and rebalance the central nervous system.

Shiatsu helps in many other ways below the radar: promoting the correct balance of hormones and chemistry in the body to enhance health and improve feelings of wellbeing. The only side effects are beneficial; such as reduced pain and tension, improved sleep, looser joints and muscles, improved concentration, enhanced immune system, improved mental clarity and much more…

Shiatsu sessions are generally 60 minutes in duration but can be 90 minutes or longer (by arrangement). A number of weekly or fortnightly sessions may be required to reduce the tension and anxiety levels to what feels manageable, then monthly maintenance sessions are advised to keep anxiety levels to a minimum. Extra sessions are recommended when experiencing greater levels of stress and pressure in life, to help you cope and carry on with your day-to-day life in as normal a way as possible.

Natural anxiety treatment

Simon has four London clinics and makes house calls within London and Bromley.


Reduced rate/subsidised treatments are available if your anxiety levels impact on your ability to work or study. Please contact Simon on 07951 621 308 or


Remember a natural treatment for anxiety and panic attacks is available, with no side effects. You can start to feel the benefits in as little as 60 minutes!

Onsite Massage and Moshi Monsters

I recently attended an Evening Standard Business Connections event where Michael Acton-Smith of Mind Candy and Moshi Monsters was the guest speaker.

Moshi Monsters is one of the most successful UK startup companies, with 75 million registered users. Moshi Monsters is an online playground for children and their adopted Moshlings, cute and scary cartoon monsters.

Moshi Monster at Evening Standard Business Connections
Moshi Monster at Evening Standard Business Connections

Michael Acton-Smith first found success with university friend Tom Boardman when they launched, and particularly with their shot-glass chess set!

Between and Moshi Monsters Michael Acton-Smith founded Mind Candy and the locational puzzle game Perplex City, which by all accounts was a great learning experience but not a commercial success.

Since then Mind Candy hit it’s stride and Michael Acton-Smith has become a leading spokesman for the UK startup scene and one of it’s leading Entrepreneurs.

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Michael’s talk at the Evening Standard Business Connections event covered the development of his various businesses and what he sees as the future of the tech scene in London and the UK. The talk was followed by a Q and A session with a range of questions from the audience generally revolving around how to be successful in the UK startup scene.

Michael Acton-Smith at Evening Standard Business Connections
Michael Acton-Smith at Evening Standard Business Connections

After the presentation and Q & A Michael was swamped by people asking 1 to 1 questions, so my friend and I went off to eat cheese and drink wine at the buffet tables (it’s only natural).

Later having chatted so several of the other attendees and enjoyed the complementary snacks and drinks, Michael Acton-Smith appeared in the bar area with only 5 or so people around him.

This was my chance, I approached, was somehow standing in front of him very quickly… I pulled the Wired Magazine out of my back pocket (showing off my geek credentials) and got it signed. I then produced my business card and suggested to Michael that his growing staff team at Mind Candy might appreciate and benefit from Onsite Massage 🙂  Michael seemed to appreciate the novelty of my approach and the idea of treating his team to some massage.

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He now had my card but the deal was not yet on the table…  I still had work to do…

At the time of writing this blog post I haven’t landed the sweet gig of working with Mind Candy and Moshi Monsters, but for me the action of going beyond my shy and reserved self was a big move and felt great.

I also made a pitch to a former Dragon of Dragons Den, which I’ve written about in this blog post. (coming soon)

The benefits of this sort of thing:

For me, it’s about going beyond my comfort zone, to actively promote my services (rather than letting my treatments, website and clients speak for me) and to make connections in real time and space.

My first Moshling
My first Moshling

For the new High Tech and Startup companies: A great way to look after your staff when wages and salaries may not be as high as the industry standard, when there is a lot of pressure on the team to produce the next release of software or launch a new product. It may even stop your best people being poached by another company who can offer them more money.

They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure… So by looking after your staff now you can save on future recruitment costs, lost productivity, sick leave, low morale and hangover days (just book me in for a day of onsite massage after a big social event and count how many more of the team turn up for work!)

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So for example, for a regular booking of 5 hours per week, you could give 80 staff a massage per month, at a cost of around £1000, or £12.50 per head (for 15 minutes each) which is much cheaper than either a pay rise, recruiting a new team member or even in the lost productivity from a sick day, hangover or disgruntled and disenchanted member of the team…

It’s more of a positive contribution than a day of paint-balling (not to mention cheaper) and 5 minutes after their massage session has ended they’re back at their desk getting on with their tasks with a renewed enthusiasm and vigour!

Onsite Massage Chair
Onsite Massage Chair

I’m a low tech geek available for the high tech and Startup industry. I deliver an excellent massage, targeting the most important areas and getting real results in a short time.  I come to you with my specially designed massage chair and can deliver anything from 2 hours of chair massage right up to 7 hours of massage in a day. So anywhere from 8 staff up to 28 can receive a massage in a single day!

There are of course a range of massage lengths and regular bookings will receive a preferential rate…

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Get in touch now for some complementary sessions in your office*: or call Simon on 07951 621 308

Stay tuned for updates on my mission to massage the Moshi Monsters!

*Ts & Cs apply, but get in touch anyway, it’s always good to talk 🙂

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Information about Cancer I gave my Mum

My mother was diagnosed with a particularly agressive forms of Uterine cancer on her ovaries, which only 7 weeks after being removed by surgery had grown back to the same size (large grapefruit, or two fists held together). So in December of 2012 my wife and I made a fast dash to my native New Zealand for what we thought would be a last Christmas and a farewell to my mother. But first I loaded her up with information about Cancer…

Before leaving I compiled a list of the best alternative and complementary cancer advice I could find on the internet from my favourite sources. (Dr Mercola and Dr Lam were the main sites)

Information about Cancer
Information about Cancer I gave to my Mum

She didn’t follow even half of the advice, but she chose a few and really stuck to them. While we were with her we cooked her healthy vegetarian food from fresh produce, filled with yummy super foods.

The main things she chose to do where:

No sugar or alcohol (right through the festive season, not an easy feat)

She stopped microwaving her coffee and tea (a weird practice that people of a certain generation seem to do all the time?)

She added frozen and grated lemons to EVERYTHING she ate (something to do with getting all of the nutrients, this came from a friend, not me)

But I think the most important thing she decided, was that she wasn’t ready to die yet! That it was worth fighting to life, it was worth having goals and plans beyond the next Chemo session… To me this was the single most important factor in her survival thus far (it’s now April of 2013, and she is still fighting!)


Update: As of October 2017 my mum is still alive and well, she has had over 100 chemo treatments, but went on to a drug trial working with Immunotherapy… Her tumour is much smaller than it was and has shrunk dramatically over the course of the immunotherapy treatments 🙂

My original email to her with information about Cancer is below:


Nutrition and diet advice for you to beat the beastie!

Hello Mumbo, I hope you’re feeling ok after the treatment…

So here is my quick digest of do’s and don’ts and also a bunch of links for further reading at the bottom…

These are taken from Dr Mercola ( and Dr Lam ( If I find more I will send it through to you, but for now this should keep you going for quite a while. I wouldn’t change anything you’re doing with the doctors, but

  • Cut out GMO foods
  • Eat Organic wherever possible
  • Cut out Sugars, artificial sweeteners and preservatives etc in food – or basically eat a natural whole-food diet
  • Cut out instant coffee (I know you love your coffee, but who knows what process they put that stuff through to get it to dissolve like that… drink organic ground coffee if you have to)
  • replace black/english tea with green tea, Matcha Green tea if it’s available – high in antioxidants!
  • Start taking Vitamin D3 supplements – oral spray is the best way to get it into your body quickly – can take with calcium too (don’t take D2 or cod liver oil)
  • Safe sun exposure over large parts of your body is the best way to get Vit D, but only until the skin turns the lightest pink
  • Might not be helpful at the moment, but keeping strong muscles is a good way to reduce the risk… a little late info perhaps…
  • Another important supplement is curcumin, which effectively addresses inflammation and has potent anti-cancer properties.
  • Apparently you should get your home checked for Radon gas (which comes from underground…) it’s easy to block it out…
  • Avoid non-stick cookware and stain resistant fabrics…
  • Check out your personal products (skin care, soaps and cosmetics) – Some of the most common culprits to avoid include SLS, parabens, phthalates, antibacterials, musks, 1,4-dioxane, mineral oil and petrolatum, hydroquinone, nano particles, formaldehyde and formaldehyde-producing ingredients.
  • Avoid canned foods and foods in plastic package and containers – they contain a chemical called BPA, which isn’t good for us.  Eat traditionally fermented foods to help break the BPA down and lower absorption in the intestines, as well as containing health bacteria.
  • Get rid of all of the chemical cleaners, use soap and water or 3% hydrogen peroxide and vinegar
  • Use Green building materials… there are lots of harmful chemicals in paint, varnish etc, get low or no VOC paints (Volatile Organic Compounds)
  • Don’t put chemicals on your garden if you’re going to eat the produce…
  • Sleep in complete darkness, or wear an eye shade – get rid of night lights, block street lights getting in through the window, cover clock radios with lights, don’t turn the light on when you go to the toilet in the night etc
  • Eat Onions and Garlic! Often!
  • Take Calcium Carbonate and Magnesium (30-60 minutes before meals or 60-120 minutes after, so as not to reduce effectiveness of digestion)
  • Proper exercise is important! See the link below


Take mega doses of Vitamin C daily!

Over 5,000 studies have been conducted on vitamin C, and here is the general parameter on a daily intake basis:

· Prevention of scurvy – 35 mg

· Low Dose – Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) – 80 mg

· General well being: 100-300 mg

· Anti-aging Dose: 300 – 2,000 mg

· High Dose – 2,000 – 10,000 mg (where cancer cells are killed and normal cells are spared) 

· Very High Dose – for Active cancer treatment alone or as adjunct to conventional treatment: 5 gram to 50 grams (by mouth and IV) 

· Toxic Dose – where cancer calls and normal cells are both killed. There is no established toxic dose.

(Recommend to take 2000 to 10,000 mg per day… Dr Lam offers a consultation via email depending on your particular case:


Build your Immune system: Take cats claw, Oliver leaf extract, Fish Oils, Mstletoe (aka Iscador treatment – involved subcutaneous injections, do more research on this yourself perhaps?), Miatake, Shitaki and Reishi Mushroom extracts, and super mushroom Agaricus Blazei Murill(ABM). Also take Gotu Kola (a herb that has anti-inflamatory benefits amongst others)



When the Treatment is Worse than the Disease…

Perhaps more importantly, most conventional cancer treatments tend to add insult to injury by doing more harm than good — a fact that has been largely swept under the rug by the medical industry.

Meanwhile, the real culprits—the underlying causes—are completely ignored, and that is, I believe, the root of the problem. The cancer industry has become a massive for-profit business that is doing everything in its power to maintain the status quo. It is, quite simply, not interested in truly reducing cancer rates; it’s interested in treating cancer. From that perspective, the more cancer cases the better…

Information about Cancer – Winning the War Against Cancer Begins with Your Personal Choices

You can do a lot, right now, to significantly decrease your cancer risk. Even the conservative American Cancer Society states that one-third of cancer deaths are linked to poor diet, physical inactivity, and carrying excess weight. So making the following healthy lifestyle changes can go a very long way toward ending the failure-streak and becoming one less statistic in this war against cancer:

1. Normalize your vitamin D levels with safe amounts of sun exposure. This works primarily by optimizing your vitamin D level. Ideally, monitor your vitamin D levels throughout the year.

2. Control your insulin levels by limiting your intake of processed foods and sugars/fructose as much as possible.

3. Get appropriate amounts of animal-based omega-3 fats.

4. Get appropriate exercise. One of the primary reasons exercise works is that it drives your insulin levels down. Controlling insulin levels is one of the most powerful ways to reduce your cancer risks.

5. Eat according to your nutritional type. The potent anti-cancer effects of this principle are very much underappreciated. When we treat cancer patients in our clinic this is one of the most powerful anti-cancer strategies we have.

6. Have a tool to permanently erase the neurological short-circuiting that can activate cancer genes. Even the CDC states that 85 percent of disease is caused by emotions. It is likely that this factor may be more important than all the other physical ones listed here, so make sure this is addressed. My particular favorite tool for this purpose, as you may know, is the Emotional Freedom Technique.

7. Only 25 percent of people eat enough vegetables, so by all means eat as many vegetables as you are comfortable with. Ideally, they should be fresh and organicCruciferous vegetables in particular have been identified as having potent anti-cancer properties. Remember that carb nutritional types may need up to 300 percent more vegetables than protein nutritional types.

8. Maintain an ideal body weight.

9. Get enough high-quality sleep.

10. Reduce your exposure to environmental toxins like pesticides, household chemical cleaners, synthetic air freshenersand air pollution.

11. Reduce your use of cell phones and other wireless technologies, and implement as many safety strategies as possibleif/when you cannot avoid their use.

12. Boil, poach or steam your foods, rather than frying or charbroiling them.

13. Avoid BPA, phthalates and other xenoestrogens.

14. Watch your iron levels.

15. Make sure you’re not iodine deficient





More Vit D info

7 slides of things to eliminate in your home and life

Interesting info about the increase in cancer predicted over the next 20 odd years

Info on 12 top tips to reducing cancer

More Vit D info

This is important Re: Exercise**

AntiOxidants are important**

Build your immunity**

Eat an Alkaline diet

10 Alkaline Foods that Will Clean, Repair and Produce New Cells in Your Body – Infographic

Shiatsu Theory and Practice 3rd Edition By Carola Beresford-Cooke – Book Review

This is the 3rd edition of one of the most comprehensive and useful textbooks for serious Shiatsu Students – Shiatsu Theory and Practice. the first edition came out in 1997 and has been a kind of Bible for learning Shiatsu since then.

Overall Rating (out of 5):

This is the 3rd edition of one of the most comprehensive and useful textbooks for serious Shiatsu Students – Shiatsu Theory and Practice.  the first edition came out in 1997 and has been a kind of Bible for learning Shiatsu since then.  This edition has been greatly expanded with additional text in the new version, technique demonstration on a DVD-ROM, several new chapters including scientific discoveries and developments particularly around energy medicine, field theory, consciousness and intention.

Book review: Shiatsu theory and practice 3rd edition - Carola Beresforde-Cooke
Book review: Shiatsu theory and practice 3rd edition – Carola Beresforde-Cooke

Carola Beresford-Cooke is a respected teacher and author, her roots are in acupuncture but she is firmly allied with Zen Shiatsu, which is probably the most common and popular style of Shiatsu today.

Revised 3rd Edition of Shiatsu Theory and Pracice with improved layout, bigger print and colour photos. Additional chapters for beginner and advanced students of Shiatsu. Lots of theory and advice on practice. DVD-ROM of technique demonstration. Over 100 new pages of content including new theory chapters and and advice for practitioners with approaches to common ailments. Online test questions for revision and CPD.

Pros of Shiatsu Theory and Practice 3rd edition:

  • 100 additional pages
  • New chapters on energy medicine, consciousness & intention and Field Theory, common ailments
  • DVD-ROM of technique demonstration
  • Detailed descriptions of the 5 Phases, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Zen Shiatsu theory
  • Diagrams and descriptions of each meridian and major points
  • Online test questions that can be used for revision and Continued Professional Development
  • Particularly relevant to the Zen Shiatsu Style of Shiatsu Massage

Cons of Shiatsu Theory and Practice 3rd edition:

  • The chapters jump around between beginner and more advanced material, but this is reference material, not a novel
  • Could be daunting for the new Shiatsu student as there is just so much information to take in
  • Could be seen to be such a complete work that it is unnecessary to learn from an experienced, qualified teacher (there is no substitute to proper tuition)

This book comes highly recommended to any student of any style of Shiatsu, and especially if you are a Zen Shiatsu student, as it is particularly relevant to this form of Shiatsu.  It is even recommended if you have an older edition of this work, since the new chapters and extra material make this an invaluable addition to your TCM library.
Remember that this book is no substitution to full and complete training, but will help you to gain deeper insights and greater knowledge into the theory and practice of Shiatsu.
The material in the new scientific discoveries chapters alone makes this a must have for any serious practitioner of Shiatsu, Acupuncture or other Traditional Chinese Medicine modality.
Remember it’s not a novel so there is no need to read it cover to cover, use it as a reference and dip in and out where you need to, as suits your knowledge level and requirements.

If you want to buy the book you can visit or
Also available on Kindle (US) or Kindle (UK)
This is one of the best and greatest books on Shiatsu Theory and Practice… as the title of the book quite clearly implies ;o)
This is a must have!

How Shiatsu Can Improve Your Health

This is a guest post written by Nisha from

Take it away Nisha:

Shiatsu is a form of touch therapy that originated in Japan, but draws extensively on ancient Chinese medical philosophy and practice.  Shiatsu, which activates the body’s natural ability to heal, is used not only to treat a wide variety of physiological and psychological symptoms, but also as a preventative measure to maintain general health and wellbeing. Eastern cultures believe that illness results from imbalances in the natural flow of energy through the body.  As in other treatments such as acupuncture, Shiatsu therapy manipulates the energy to restore balance and allow it to flow freely.  This energy, the body’s life force, flows along pathways or meridians throughout the body.  In Japan it is known as Ki.  In other areas of the East it is called Qi or Chi.

A skilled Shiatsu practitioner can interpret both the quality and flow of Ki in your body through their highly developed sense of touch.  The treatment involves applying gentle, rhythmic pressure to the energy meridians, using the fingers, thumbs and palms, focusing on any area of the body where the Ki is blocked.  Along with massage, Shiatsu therapists advise their clients with the aim of increasing confidence, mind-body awareness and coping abilities.  As well as producing deep relaxation, Shiatsu stimulates healing and is used to treat many common conditions including:

Arthritis – Shiatsu can help alleviate the symptoms experienced by those suffering from both Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.  The gentle massage and stretching has numerous benefits from pain relief to reducing inflammation and swelling, soothing stiff muscles and helping to maintain range of motion in the joints.

Post-injury muscle pain and spasms – Shiatsu is often the treatment of choice for people experiencing chronic pain following a fall, whiplash or other injury, particularly when traditional medical intervention has failed provide long-lasting relief.  Shiatsu can alleviate the pain and spasms, while improving motility and range of motion in the affected area.

Migraine – The pain of a migraine is the result of rapid widening and narrowing of the blood vessels in the brain and can be triggered by stress, hunger, a change in the weather, certain foods or drugs such as caffeine.  The relaxing effect of Shiatsu alleviates the pain by increasing blood flow and circulation.

Pre-menstrual syndrome – Ninety percent of women experience the physical and emotional symptoms associated with PMS. Shiatsu can relieve the cramping, backache and general fatigue while calming the nervous system.  It can even help reduce cravings.

Pregnancy – Shiatsu is useful in treating the common discomforts of pregnancy such as morning sickness, heartburn, pre-eclampsia, low back pain, fatigue, and edema.  It can also be used before or during labor to help speed up the process, by intensifying uterine contractions.

In addition to be used for specific conditions, Shiatsu improves your overall health by regulating hormonal balances, enhancing digestion, improving posture, preventing injuries by limbering up your muscles, decreasing blood pressure, revitalizing your skin, supporting your immune system and much more.  Shiatsu is a very powerful therapy, that can help keep you dis-ease free.

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5 things to consider when choosing your complementary therapist

Some things to look out for when choosing the right Complementary Therapist for you. How to find the best solution to your particular situation.

Finding the right therapist for you is an important process and needs to be considered carefully.  You will be entering into a relationship with your therapist that in some ways is more intimate than with anyone else,  you will potentially be dealing directly with physical, mental, emotion and even spiritual energies, and ideally transforming them into a healthier state.  We all have our individual tastes and different needs when looking for the right massage therapist or CAM practitioner to work with.  Here we will look at some common considerations when choosing your complementary therapist.

Most importantly for me to look at is

What do you hope to achieve from the treatments?

This will depend on your particular situation in regards to your health, stress levels and other reasons for wanting to have treatments.  If you have a long-term condition you may simply want to gain some on-going relief and will therefore be looking for a long-term relationship that suits you and your therapist.  Alternatively you may be dealing with some acute stress, recovering from an injury, illness or surgery, or looking for a performance boost before a special sporting event, perhaps trying to deal with nerves before a big business meeting or conference or maybe you’re wanting to feel better in other areas of your life.  In these cases you would need to consider what would be most effective to deal with the situation.

Male or Female therapist?

This can simply be a question of who you are more comfortable with, or could come down to what is more appropriate for personal or religious reasons.  Or you might choose your therapist based on the qualities of the gender in regards to the style of therapy you choose, depending on the energy involved (you would expect the big, hulking guy to provide the best Thai Yoga Massage, but it seems the tiny Thai lady is uniquely suited to inflicting the most pain).  This is very much down to personal taste and will vary from individual to individual and situation to situation.

Home visits or clinic?

Which you choose will generally depend on your situation in regards to time, location, space and money.  This really comes down to cost or convenience; if you’re busy and can afford it, you might decide to have someone come to your house or business, you’ll pay more but the time saved will surely be worth much more.  Alternatively visiting a regular clinic may keep the costs down, as the therapist can see more people in a day, making their practice more efficient.

Which therapy Style you choose?

This will be a mix of personal preference and your intended results.  If you are mainly seeking therapy for enjoyment, or experience, you may choose the style that you like the best, simply because it is pleasant or interesting.  Or you may have very specific goals in mind, to rehabilitate a bad back or other damaged body part, to deal with stress, to gain flexibility and mobility, to improve sleep… there are a huge and growing list of ailments and conditions that can be helped with different complementary therapies and forms of body work, so you may have to do some research into the various styles to find out what works best for your condition and what you personally resonate with the most.  If you have the opportunity I’d recommend trying the different styles that appeal, even if you’re not familiar with them, and even trying different therapists within a style, to make sure you really find the best person to treat your particular situation.

Your Personal preference?

Sometimes there is just a connection you feel when being treated by the right therapist, it’s indescribable, except to say that they can find every point that needs their attention… those places you didn’t know hurt until just that moment when they touched there… and already the pain is easing…

That is the X factor…

As you can see, there are a number of factors to consider when looking for a therapist, sometimes logical, sometimes on a feeling.  I hope this post will help you get more from your massage therapy sessions