shiatsu massage therapy

Shiatsu Massage Therapy

The demanding lifestyle in modern societies has a direct effect on our bodies. Some of us struggle to follow today's fast pace whereas many others actually find it hard to slow down. In this world of extreme patterns, the role of Shiatsu massage is to restore balance. That is the way of Shiatsu.

Throughout September we’re offering 25% off our bespoke Shiatsu Facial and Body treatments.

Shiatsu and Chinese Acupuncture (TCM)

Increasingly popular around the world due to its remarkable results, Shiatsu is a therapeutic massage originated in Japan. It is considered a complementary therapy and can therefore be combined with other types of therapies, but can also stand on its own.

Shiatsu and Chinese acupuncture (TCM) are both based upon the same traditional medical theories. However, a shiatsu practitioner aims to identify and correct imbalances in the body using a range of physical techniques while an acupuncturist makes use of needles.Shiatsu treatment includes physical stimulation of specific points, stretches and joint mobilisation techniques. Our Shiatsu Practitioner at Allure Clinic has many years of experience and understands the benefits that different approaches may offer. The mind and body can activate their own healing mechanisms when both the underlying cause and the symptoms of illness are addressed.

The benefits of Shiatsu apply to everyone. It boosts health, promotes wellbeing and has a relaxing and tonifying effect.

Shiatsu treatments can help relieve various symptoms such as headaches, migraines, lower or upper backaches, musculoskeletal problems, tendonitis, stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, digestive disorders, menstrual irregularities, arthritis etc.

Shiatsu is a bodywork holistic therapy whose benefits can touch all different levels of the body; these are the physical, emotional and spiritual. Relaxation is an important element of a Shiatsu treatment, but not the only one. Shiatsu can benefit the skeleton, the muscles, the body meridians (as perceived in the oriental medicine), as well as the functions of the human organism. In other words, Shiatsu can benefit the systems of the body such as the nervous or the respiratory or the digestive and their corresponding organs, such as the lungs, stomach etc.

Our Shiatsu practitioner, apart from the technical skills and thumbs on the back, has typically spent years studying anatomy, physiology and pathology according to the conventional, western medicine as well as Traditional Chinese medicine (same framework used in acupuncture). The key to her successful treatment lies way beyond these intellectual systems of understanding the human body. It is the body’s healing capability or power that the practitioner tries to resonate with and this requires qualities such as presence, listening and compassion. Thus, the true secret ingredient of good Shiatsu is love.

Fully insured & member of:

  • CHNC (Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council)
  • NHSTA (NHS Trusts Association - Directory of Complementary & Alternative Practitioners)

Shiatsu Facial Therapy

Japanese Shiatsu Facial Therapy with Indian Head Massage

Shiatsu massage and Acupressure are accepted by Health Shield - please see their T&C's »

Acupressure is accepted by Westfield Health - please see T&C's »

shiatsu head massageAn Indian Head massage treatment is energising and stimulating, with repetitive and intense deep tissue manipulations. It concentrates mainly on the upper back, neck and shoulders and is extremely practical, while achieving profound results in very short sessions. This is then combined with a Shiatsu facial massage which is soothing and relaxing, with plenty of detailed attention paid to the actual flow of your Meridian energy lines. As its name suggests, a Shiatsu facial focuses mainly on the face and scalp, with very subtle, but profound, deep tissue manipulation of the neck and shoulders. The Shiatsu facial treatment combined with Indian Head Massage is especially good for those who would like to achieve a sense of harmonious balance and well-being. The Shiatsu & Holistic facial massage will enable you to walk away feeling fully relaxed, revitalized, happy and ready to face the world with a newly found sense of balance.


Prices are for reference only, as the Shiatsu facial treatment will be tailor made by our experienced Shiatsu Practitioner:

Nirvana Facial

90 Minutes £100.00

Your Back, Neck, Head, Face and Feet are fully addressed in this treatment. Using a choice of Neals Yard Remedies, Aromatherapy Associates or Alqvimia Oils - bespoke selection of essential oils, cleanse, tone, masks, facial oils and skin care to finish.

Equilibrium Facial

75 Minutes £80.00

Shiatsu & Holistic facial with Indian Head Massage

Zen Facial

45 Minutes £70.00

Shiatsu & Holistic facial.

Premium Express Shiatsu & Holistic facial

30 Minutes £60.00

Kindly note, for those receiving the Nirvana or Equilibrium Shiatsu and Holistic facial massages, you are encouraged to take a soothing herbal tea following treatment, to allow further time to relax prior to returning to work or driving home.

Shiatsu Body Massage - Acupressure Shiatsu

shiatsu japanese body massageOur specially tailor made Shiatsu Japanese massage treatments are ideal for: Neck pain, Shoulder pain, Tennis elbow, Back pain & Lumbago, Hernia, Sciatica, Knee pain, Shin splints, Achilles Heel pain, Plantar fascitis, Arthritis, Whiplash, Bursitis, Fibromyalgia, Hip Pain, Sports Injury & Workplace injuries and more!

Shiatsu massage and Acupressure are accepted by Health Shield - please see their T&C's »

Acupressure is accepted by Westfield Health - please see T&C's »

Shiatsu massage is really unlike any other in giving a sense of harmony and true balance. As Shiatsu methodically channels your Meridian energy and alleviates any blockages, you can expect to walk away from the massage treatment feeling ‘in tune with the world’. Shiatsu achieves this by stimulating any blocked and stagnant energy and transforming it into a boost of positive rejuvenation.

There is a large body of clinical evidence to support the use of Shiatsu massage for many and varied ailments and muscular problems. These range from Fibromyalgia, RSI and Angina to easing Chemotherapy side effects and inducing labour. Strong clinical evidence for Shiatsu was for pain relief (particularly dysmenorrhoea, lower back pain and labour pain), post-operative nausea and vomiting. Good clinical evidence found that Shiatsu improves sleep in institutionalised elderly and those suffering from insomnia, renal disease symptoms, dementia, stress, anxiety and respiratory conditions. Clinical trials suggest that 1 month of acupressure treatment is more effective in reducing chronic headache than 1 month of muscle relaxant treatment, and that the effect remains 6 months after treatment.

Japanese Shiatsu massage is sometimes referred to as Acupressure massage. The word Acupressure indicates the use of similar Sen Meridian pressure points in common with Acupuncture. Unlike Acupuncture, Shiatsu does not use needles, but instead applies thumb or body pressure along specific Meridian lines. Traditionally, no oil is applied in shiatsu Japanese massage, the client remains fully clothed (in light cotton clothing). If the client so wishes then the treatment can be performed in just underwear under the sheet and the treatment combined with deep tissue massage and the use of specially selected massage oils from Aromatherapy Associates, Neals Yard Remedies, or Alqvimia (an additional charge for oils).

Preparing for a Shiatsu Acupressure Massage

  • Clothing: You may wear a regular t-shirt and sports-shorts or very thin trousers. Please remove any metallic jewellery, keys, coins and belts prior to the start of the Shiatsu massage treatment session.
  • Meals: Avoid eating a heavy meal within 2 hours of the planned Shiatsu Japanese massage treatment
  • Diet: You are respectfully advised to avoid consumption of alcohol, caffeine and nicotine on the day of your Shiatsu Japanese massage treatment to allow better toxic by-product elimination
  • After Care: As a Shiatsu Japanese massage is generally balancing and harmonising, you may return to work or drive home as usual after a few moments of relaxation following treatment.


Prices are for reference only, as the treatment will be tailor made:

Premium Healing Shiatsu Massage with Oils

120 Minutes £140.00

Including full body, neck, head, scalp, face & feet

Full Body Shiatsu Massage

90 Minutes £110.00

Shortened Full Body Shiatsu

60 Minutes £80.00

Upper Body Shiatsu

45 Minutes £70.00

Our Premium Quality oils may be added on at £8 per treatment

Shiatsu Massage Techniques & Benefits

Some techniques that may be used in Shiatsu Acupressure:

  • Soft tissue release & gentle kneading performed oil-free (dry)
  • Energy balancing by following your Sen Meridian lines
  • Some Yoga stretches and body ‘Rocking’ technique
  • Deep tissue manipulation, by the targeted use of body weight
  • Lymphatic drainage massage and Hand ‘Walking’ technique

Shiatsu Acupressure Massage benefits may include:

  • Mental and physical relaxation
  • A true sense of restored well-being & balance
  • A positive boost of energy and release of stress / tension
  • Maximising the supply of nutrients by increased circulation
  • Regulates blood pressure and may help in reducing cholesterol levels
  • Lymphatic drainage and improved range of motion and muscle flexibility
  • Enhance the elimination of metabolic by-product (eg. lactic acid)
  • Improving muscle tone, cellulite and water retention
  • Loosening of tight muscles and connective tissues

Who can benefit from Shiatsu Acupressure Massage?

  • Anybody of any age regardless of physical condition or fitness
  • Stress, tension, anxiety, headaches, migraine and insomnia
  • Muscular spasms including stomach or lower body cramps
  • Muscular aches and pains: sciatica, knee & back pain etc.
  • Recovery from injury and from a training session
  • Rheumatism, Arthritis & digestive disorders
  • Repetitive Strain Injury & Carpal Tunnel
  • Tennis / Golfer’s elbow & Tendinitis
  • Occupational & postural aches
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