"Paul has been a member of the Shiatsu Society since the 1980s and is a highly valued member. He is an excellent Shiatsu Practitioner and we have no hesitation in recommending him." Shiatsu Society (UK), LinkedIn
"Just to say thanks a lot for the massage on Monday. I felt ten times better after the appointment and still my lower back is not giving me concern. You certainly have healing hands." Tricia Houghton, Lewes
"I've had loads of Shiatsus before...and they've all been good. But this was a lifesaver!" Paul Whelan, Glyndebourne
"I was so depressed at work I used to rest my head on the desk. Since starting Shiatsu I've changed my job and moved home and I feel much better. My legs and feet don't ache any more. My neck's much better than it used to be too. The difference is amazing - it's a combination of feeling relaxed and energised, and positive too. And it's less intimidating than a traditional massage!" Sarah Hoppen, Lewes
"..an enormous thank you for giving me such a wonderfully restorative treatment yesterday. One hour with you was better than the combined effect of all the massages I've ever had!" Angela Spencer, Lewes
"It's what keeps me going. I want to live here!" Sarah Owen, Lewes
Dr Hilary Jones supports Shiatsu:
"I'm delighted to be working with the Shiatsu Society (UK) to raise awareness of Shiatsu; a traditional hands-on Japanese healing art. It can help in a wide range of conditions - from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives.
"Shiatsu is a unique stand-alone complementary therapy which supports health and well-being. I am pleased to be associated with the Shiatsu Society (UK) to raise awareness of the spirit and ethos of Shiatsu and the development of integrated and accessible healthcare."
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu, Japanese 'finger pressure' therapy, is a natural healing discipline springing from the same ancient Oriental medicine principles as acupuncture. Like acupuncture, Shiatsu works by stimulating the body's vital energy flow (known as 'Ki') in order to promote good health. The Shiatsu practitioner uses thumbs, fingers, elbows and even knees and feet to apply pressure and stretching to the 'meridians', or energy pathways.
Physically this has the effect of stimulating the circulation and supporting the internal systems of the body. In addition, Shiatsu strengthens the nervous system and helps release toxins and deep-seated tension. On a subtler level Shiatsu allows you to relax and begin to feel your body's own healing abilities. Treatments usually leave a feeling of calmness and well being.
What happens during a Shiatsu session?
The treatment will normally start with the therapist asking you a detailed medical history in order to build up a complete picture of your state of health. Shiatsu is given through clothing (preferably loose comfortable clothing of natural fibres).
You normally lie on a futon, a Japanese cotton mat, on your
front, back or side. However, if required, a chair can be used. The room will
be peaceful, warm and comfortable. It is best to avoid heavy meals for at
least two hours beforehand, and alcohol on the same day.
How will I feel after a treatment?
After a treatment you will probably feel invigorated yet relaxed.
Sometimes overall health may improve before your current symptoms.
What conditions can Shiatsu help?
Physical and Emotional Stress
Neck and Shoulder Tension
Improving & Maintaining Vitality
Prevention of Common Illnesses
Strengthening mind, body and spirit
Stimulating your body's own healing system
When is Shiatsu available?
Home & Office visits
Mondays to Fridays by
How much does Shiatsu cost?
£50 (First appointment 60 mins, follow-up appointments 50 mins)
How do I book?
1. Call 01273 470955
3. In person at Equilibrium Complementary Health Centre, 16 Station St, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 2DB
Payments can be made to your therapist by cheque, cash, credit or debit card.
Where can I learn more about Shiatsu?