Shiatsu, Massage, Body-Work and Therapy, Exeter, Devon

So how does Shiatsu fit in as a therapy? Is it a massage? – Well a client once said ‘It’s not like any massage I’ve ever had.’ It does use massage techniques but is always given through clothes, which is an obvious difference to a lot of forms of massage. It is also given on a futon mat on the floor, although can be given on a couch or chair.

Is it a therapy? Although it isn’t a talking therapy, psycho-therapy or counselling it can release held emotions, traumas, stresses and strains from the body.

Is Shiatsu body-work? Most definitely and although it comes at things from a different angle to physiotherapy or sports massage, for instance, it can still help ease pain and increase mobility.

Is Shiatsu energy work? Although it is different to Reiki and other forms of healing it can still help build the levels of energy in the body. Shiatsu can help with the balance of mind and body and spirit.

So what is it? It is an unique form of hands-on therapy that can provide balance in the body. Whether the clients concerns are physical, emotional, mental, spiritual or a bit of all of them, Shiatsu has the ability to re-balance the energy and ease the symptoms. It can be good for aches and pains, for stress and anxiety, for sleep and relaxation.

It is a pretty physical form on therapy, with some great stretches and rotations. Obviously it is only as physical as appropriate for each client. It is a little like Thai or Yoga massage but looks to work the Meridians, lines of energy, that Acupuncture and Acupressure use.

Maybe you have tried various forms of massage and other therapies, Acupuncture, Reflexology for instance. If what you have tried hasn’t scratched your itch as it were, then you may want to try a session on Shiatsu with me.

I am personally interested in providing a space for my clients that is safe, in which they can feel and express in anyway they feel they want to. Clients have their own stories and journeys and generally want to move on, away from physical issues or leaving behind past habits or upsets. I hope to support them to do this by bringing their attention to their bodies, where and how is the body holding trauma and what touch provides relief or release.

I work in Exwick, in Exeter, just behind Exeter St. David’s train station. I offer appointments on most days of the week and I have evening appointments available. I also have pop-up clinics in Exmouth and Dawlish.

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Shiatsu and the energy of the air, Exeter, Devon

It has been a pretty wet week weather wise but I was lucky enough to pick a dry day to head up onto Dartmoor. What a different experience breathing in the air up there is. It is so fresh and crisp, you can almost taste it.

I enjoyed watching my sons whooping and yelling in the wind as they ran around on the grass and scrambled over the rocks. I could see the energy that they were getting just being up and out of generally polluted air. I took some big, deep breaths in myself. I open my arms and tried to fill my lungs as full as I could.

Air carries Qi (Energy.) This Qi affects the whole body but particularly the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians. If you are feeling low-minded or like your boundaries are being challenged, if you feel disorganised and fuzzy-headed then a good trick is to breathe! Ideally get up to high ground, away from air pollution generated by towns and cities. Take some breaths in, open your arms and let the air in.

It is such a simple thing right? Breathing in fresh air but it can have such a great affected on the body and the mind.

Another way to bring energy into the Lung and Large Intestine Meridians is to use specific exercises that stretch the pathway these Meridians take.

Take a deep breath in as you extend your arms behind you to a comfortable point. Breathe out as you bend forwards and raise your arms, again to a comfortable extent.

Whatever this weeks weather holds hopefully you can try out at least the stretch if not getting out for some serious fresh air. Breathe it in guys.


Shiatsu in the Thunder, Exeter, Devon

What a wet week. So much rain and a full-on thunder and lightening storm as well. I have a lovely, cosy, warm, relaxing wooden cabin in the garden, that I practice Shiatsu in. On Monday this week it was still cosy and warm despite the thunder and lightening right outside it. It was quite an experience, my client was totally relaxed about it, so that was helpful, but it was a little distracting at times.

It is so tough when it is un-seasonally cold and wet. I have been working a lot this week to get better flow of energy in my clients. To loosen up stagnation and open blocks, allowing the body to fall into it’s natural flow and rhythm. The aches and pains in people’s joints and backs have sneaked back and energy levels have dropped.

Bring on the sun and the warmth I say. Then our bodies can relax and enjoy the Summer energy, making the most of the longer days, socialising and watching our plans come into action.

I love that Shiatsu can warm the body from within. It can wake up the energy up and help you feel more like yourself again. Sleep becomes more balanced, energy through the day is more consistent and everything seems to fall into place.

I hope you are surviving the soggy, damp, weather and if you fancy some warmth and flow maybe try a Shiatsu….


Shiatsu and PMT, Exeter, Devon

I have suffered, pretty badly, in the past with my menstruation cycle. At one point I was struggling to work, mainly over my actual cycle but also at times over the build up period. It was no fun, I felt out of sorts and out of control for longer and longer amounts of time each month.

My relief came with Shiatsu. I began having the therapy more regularly than I had done, I then began my three year training course so got loads more then. The relief I felt, that I wasn’t at the mercy of my cycle, that I was more myself as I got near to my period was so great.

I haven’t looked back. I have months that are more difficult but I know a couple of Shiatsu sessions with ease the issues. I have various techniques that I use for self care that support me and allow me to manage my PMT, when it does appear.

I used to bleed very heavily for a long period of time. This has also eased, I have no pain and I start with ease and finish quite quickly. Interestingly I feel I have a new challenge on the horizon, I am in my 40’s and I believe I am beginning to be peri-menopausal. I am confident that Shiatsu will help support me through this transformational time, I have treated a number of peri-menopausal and menopausal women with good results.

I have to say I haven’t had it as bad as some women. Women affected heavily every month, who feel they are controlled by their PMT, who are restricted in their lives due to their cycle.

Shiatsu is a non-intrusive form of therapy. It looks to balance the body, to ease physical, mental or emotional tension and to support areas of weakness. It can support the body and mind with this natural cycle, allowing the rhythm to happen with more ease.

Shiatsu is safe and supportive and provides a space for a client to let go off the mental and emotional strain, to feel they are not going through their struggle on their own.

I always feel lucky to do the job I do. It’s an honor to facilitate and work alongside a client, to support their own health. It’s very special to supporting other women and to help them achieve the relief and release that I experienced.

Shiatsu, videos and over thinking – Exeter, Devon

I finally got together the confidence to film a video of myself talking Shiatsu. It’s ironic as I definitely over thought whether to make a video or not, and guess what it’s about – thinking too much!

So here is the video. I think it shows the shed, my practice space, in a good light, not so keen on seeing myself.

I do get a lot of clients who have tried to think themselves out of their situation, and found themselves caught up mentally.

Our society often puts a much stronger emphasis on analytical decisions than emotional or intuitive ones. So much attention in the head and mind can lead to tight shoulders, necks and headaches. Also causing mental abd emotional strain.

I love that Shiatsu brings the focus onto the body and how that is feeling first, the mind can come later.

So I hope you enjoyed my first ever video. I have began to over think the next one already – sorry I mean I am centered and calm about the next one!


The Shiatsu Shed, Exeter, Devon

I’m so lucky to have an amazing space to offer Shiatsu in.

The shed is great in any weather, cosy and nest like in the cold, light and bright in the sun. It is great to hear the wind blow and watch the trees bend and move through the windows.

Although in Exeter it’s pretty quiet our way and it is a joy to have nature so close whilst giving a treatment.

Check out this video that I took this morning.

I offer Shiatsu on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the shed, with evening appointments available.

Shiatsu and a Daily Rhythm

I have never been one to stick rigidly to a daily routine. My husband has a solid meditation practice that he struggles to live without. Over the years I have tried different meditation and exercise routines, and then given myself a hard time about not being able to commit to the same thing every day.

I have realised that I actually do have daily rhythms and practice that support me, I have taken small things from all the different practices I have learnt and use them when I need to. I have stopped giving myself such a hard time and found I do more each day than when I stressed about it all the time.

We have a busy family life so I tend to slot things in around what is happening.

One of the best things for me is stretching. You will find me stretching whilst I cook, put the washing up or away, whilst hoovering and whilst picking up the endless stuff left on the floor. I stretch along the Meridian, lines of energy in the body, that Shiatsu works on. I feel more fluid and flexible once I have stretched, more physically and mentally.

I also used Do-In most mornings. This is a process of patting or rubbing the body awake, again using the Merdians. I start with my scalp and back of my head and neck then work over my shoulders and down my arms, continuing down my whole body. I tend to start this process as I get out of bed, make my way to the bathroom and whilst I have my shower. I feel more awake after this and my skin is tingly.

I tend to have quiet time, meditation or breathing practice, as I prepare for a session of Shiatsu. I use different forms of meditation. I use breath work meditation, Chakra focused meditation, guided meditation and Transindental Meditation. I use whatever technique feels appropriate on that day.

I really enjoy breath work. Bringing my attention to how I feel in my body. Using breath to loosen and let go of tension. Letting go of negative thoughts with my breath and bringing in positive energy with my breath in.

I also have a save all technique! This is so simple but helps me so much. When things are getting too much or I am too tired or I just need to have some space I use this. Wherever I am, within reason, I lie down – on a floor, or on my Shiatsu mat. (I don’t find it works if I lie on a bed or sofa.)

I lie on my back with my knees up and I simply rest for a moment. I can feel my body and mind settle, my spine fall into place, and then I can begin to understand how I am actually feeling. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed or exhausted but just acknowledging how I really feel allows the feelings to ease. When I first began this practice I was concerned I wouldn’t get back up or I would fall asleep but this doesn’t happen. It feels like a reset, I switch off and turn back on again, I zone out and come back, I take a moment and that is all I need.

At the end of the day I rest and I wrap my mid-drift to warm my kidney area. The kidneys are the body’s burners, if they are warm and working everything else works too. I need a lot of sleep so I head to bed early, I may meditate for a short amount of time before bed but generally I am too tired. Then obviously I start all over again the next day.

Having daily support techniques can make all the difference. I advise most clients to have some routine between Shiatsus, to keep the energy flowing and the treatment working as well and for as long as possible.

If you would like to learn some of these techniques with me let me know, I’m always happy to share and support people with their own health and well-being.

Have a good day everyone.