Shiatsu comes from the Japanese words for Finger and Pressure, and that is essential what you will experience in a Shiatsu treatment. Although the practice of Shiatsu has broadened to include the use of palm pressure, elbows, feet and knees. Elbows and knees might sound painful but the way they are used really isn’t.
Shiatsu is performed with the client clothed in comfortable clothing, such as tracksuit bottoms or leggings, lying on a traditional futon (but can also be performed on a regular massage table).
Zen Shiatsu Massage has a particular focus on stillness, aimed at bringing about a deep sense of peace and tranquillity in the recipient. Shiatsu is the art of listening to the body, reading energy levels in a system of meridians (energy lines) and pressure points (the same ones as acupuncture but without needles) then releasing and balancing the energy throughout the treatment by using thumb and finger pressure to release the physical stress and tension in the body. During the treatment Simon will work on aches, pains and those little niggles in the body, giving you a physical tune up at the same time. Depending on what is going on in your body and life Simon may incorporate gentle stretches to help you feel more supple and mobile.
Contrary to an often held belief, Shiatsu is not a painful treatment. Certainly not the style of Zen Shiatsu that Simon practices. The original form of Shiatsu (now a days called Namakoshi Shiatsu) was a much more ‘hard style’ of treatment, using a deep pressure on various point in certain protocols to treat specific ailments. Shizuto Masunaga’s Zen Shiatsu developed out of Namakoshi Shiatsu and is much more about stillness, releasing tension, unblocking trapped energy and generally nurturing the body, rather than causing pain or discomfort. You will certainly feel more relief and less pain than from a sports massage or deep tissue massage.
Zone Therapy, (also called the Hirata Zones) which evolved from Masunaga’s Zen Shiatsu, is another way for Simon to release deeply held tension, pain and inflammation. Zone therapy is integrated into Shiatsu treatments seamlessly as the techniques are very similar to regular Zen Shiatsu techniques.
A standard Shiatsu Massage treatment is 60 minutes long and involves stretches, holding pressure points and the application of pressure to meridians. The pressure applied is dependent on the underlying conditions, physical ailment or problem area, as well as the tension in your muscles and your energy levels.
90 minute Shiatsu sessions are also becoming more and more popular with people opting for a longer treatment, allowing them to relax more deeply, receive more body work or combining different therapies, such as a 30 minute Shiatsu facial massage, TMJ RESET or craniosacral therapy.
No two Shiatsu Massage sessions are alike as your meridian diagnosis will change from session to session, and there is also a degree of intuition involved in each treatment where your body will tell the therapist what is needed from the treatment.
Prices start at £70 per hour (depending on the location) with a limited number of reduced rate treatments for students, unemployed and those who have been signed off sick. Reduced rate treatments depend upon your personal circumstance, so please contact us to discuss options.
Where can your receive Shiatsu treatment?
Simon has 3 London Shiatsu Clinics:
- Physical Health Clinic, Moorgate (EC1Y)
- Snowfields, London Bridge (SE1)
- Canvas and Cream, Forest Hill (SE23)
For a free consultation, contact us on 0207 101 4263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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I’d not had a Shiatsu massage before meeting Simon. The treatment is gentle but effective. It is a clothed treatment, Simon brings a thin mattress which is laid on the floor and all you need to provide is a pillow.
I have found that I have benefited from the treatments and always look forward to my next one.
He has a kind and gentle manner combined with a confident air that inspires trust. I cannot recommend Simon enough, as he is professional and truly seems interested in his clients well-being…
I can’t wait to go back for more
I felt really peaceful and relaxed after my first Shiatsu with Simon. He is a very calming person and he made me feel at ease immediately.
The whole experience was both enjoyable in the short-term and beneficial in the long-term. I can’t wait to go back for more.
I feel totally de stressed and relaxed
Simon gives a fantastic massage, I have had a number of massages with him and I would highly recommend them!
He will find knots you didn’t even know were there,
After every massage I feel totally de stressed and relaxed,
Well worth the money 🙂
Thirty minutes of absolute bliss!
Just sitting in the specially designed chair was relaxing and then the massage was wonderful. A really brilliant way of relieving tensions of all kinds. Thirty minutes of absolute bliss!
Recommended to anyone who wants a pampering or a good pummelling
Excellent massage and service.
Simon is professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. I always look forward to my massage, he is able to get rid of my sports related knots and pain in time for me to mess it all up again! 🙂
Simon’s knowledge does not end with the massage, he knows everything about healthy living and wellbeing and has given me lots of interesting tips to think about.
I would, and have recommended him to anyone who wants either pampering or a good pummelling.
A Very Relaxing Experience
I highly recommend Simon. He has a very calming welcoming presence and his massage is amazing!
Simon really listens to his clients, has great awareness of the body and makes the massage a very relaxing experience. The benefits of his massages extend into my day-to-day wellbeing because Simon also helps me to understand what’s going on with my muscles and joints and to identify habits potentially causing aches and knots.
Helped alleviate my back pain
Simon’s shiatsu therapy *touch & pressure* technique has helped alleviate my back pain. I would strongly recommend anyone to see Simon who suffers from frequent pain in the back or neck. He makes you feel relaxed and definitely has good healing hands.
Simon was able to treat me from my office
The Shiatsu massage I received from Simon managed to release a lot of my tension during a stressful few weeks I had been experiencing. His approach and detailed explanation of the treatment he would give me was very much appreciated and interesting, as I knew little about this type of massage beforehand.
Working on a computer all day, I tend to fall into bad habits. After the massage I was sitting up tall and felt revived, I would recommend anyone who has not had a Shiatsu massage before to experience it.
Even better Simon was able to treat me from my office, which saved me valuable time, it would have taken me weeks to actually make an appointment myself, so I would say to anyone go on and give it a try.
I have found Simon’s unique Shiatsu massage both relaxing and renewing.
What I especially enjoyed was having his natural facelift massage after the shiatsu session so that I not only felt better; I also looked better as well!
I would highly recommend his services to anyone who wants to de-stress and/or rev-up their general energy levels.
I felt much more alert after the massage, and calmer in order to be organised and focused on my tasks for the day. Both relaxing and energised.
I would definitely recommend it
I had a Shiatsu massage with Simon and loved it! I felt stretched and relaxed, exactly what I needed as I work at a desk all day and am slouched most of the time…!
This kind of treatment is great if you have specific parts of the body that ache or are tense. I would definitely recommend it.
I went to see Simon with a long running shoulder issue. Simon’s Shiatsu was able to provide real relief that was long lasting.
To top it off the sessions were very relaxing and gave me an energy boost.
Amongst the top 3 massages that I have had
I am a regular attendee at the Mind Body Spirit Festival and have a lot of Shiatsu and other massages. I have to say, yours is ranking amongst the top 3 massages that I have had!
Simon visits our offices regularly, and as I had been suffering from a sore shoulder and neck for many weeks, I decided to give the On Site Chair Massage a go. I’ve not had this treatment before, and it was certainly very relaxing!
But the great news was the huge relief it brought to the nagging pain in my neck and shoulder. An incredible result for one 30 minute session, treating a condition that has resisted many a spirited massage! Recommended!