Real rest? Shiatsu, Exeter, Devon

I was in a conversation today with someone who was discussing how tired parents of young children get.  Lack of sleep along with long relentless days, emotional & mental demands from the children & requests for support & attention. You feel like you are just getting back to some level of normality when an illness or growth-spurt strikes & you get knocked right back to pure exhaustion again!

Its not just having children that can make people tired.  There are so many of us, in our non-stop western society, that are running with a level of tiredness. Jobs that demand extra hours or unsocial hours, a 24 hour culture with regards to shopping & socializing, supporting family & homes to look after.

So what can we do to help ourselves, to be less tired? (Well apart from Shiatsu massage of course!) We need to rest, particularly in these colder, darker days of winter.  My conversation this morning began me thinking about how to get real rest.  It is extremely difficult to do this within our busy lives.  My thoughts were regular support & ‘me’ time, Shiatsu, massage, pamper days. Also retreat time, either at an actual retreat or at a health-club, or a holiday away without anyone else. The thing I decide I would do, to help me rest, was to be more regular with daily practice.

Short spells of space can help to punctuate & regulate our busy lives. Meditation once or twice a day, yoga, Qi Gung or Tai Chi exercise for 5 or 10 minutes once or twice a day, resting with a towel over your eyes for 5 minutes a day. Sometimes my daily practise is consistent & in those times I do feel more rest & space.

I think I may go & book a weekend retreat too though! If you are interested in finding out if Shiatsu may help your levels of tiredness please contact me through the ‘contact’ me’ page.





Day off from Shiatsu massage 

I love working as a Shiatsu practitioner, here in Exeter in Devon. I work hard giving & promoting this form of amazing massage. I am also a mum to two young, boisterous, energetic & enthusiastic boys! So my free time from Shiatsu is taken up, completely & then some. 

Today we headed out of Devon & into Dorset. It is as truly beautiful as our home county & on a day like this it was even more so. We headed to Lyme Regis, as did a lot of other people! We had the obligatory fish & chips, & managed to avoid the scavenging seagulls. They did swop & hit a poor small boy & snatch his sandwich. 
It felt so lucky & heart-warming to be enjoying the sun on a January day, obviously apart form the seagull incident. I managed to get one photo without loads of people in the way!

Being in the sun & the fresh air helped me to remember to breathe, deep into my abdomen, to get the energy moving & flowing around my body. I took my shoes off & ran with the boys in the sand & was reminded that being grounded is also important. I love the life lessons that Shiatsu provides me with. 

If you would like to see what Shiatsu can do to support you in your daily life then please get in touch. Details are on the ‘contact me’ page. I’m always happy to discuss anything Shiatsu related!

Shiatsu at work – Exeter, Devon

I know most people won’t be thinking about work but enjoying their Saturday night off. I have done my share of full weekend work & appreciate not everyone has time off over Saturday & Sunday. These guys will be thinking about work & having the stresses & strains that come with working. All working people have difficulties, hurdles & challenges that they face. It can feel relentless & draining, even people who love what they do can become tired & overcome. It’s the life long challenge of finding a balance between work & rest. 

I have taken my massage chair into work spaces in Exeter & given short sessions of Shiatsu. It’s a massage that is given fully clothed so no need to change, it is effected within a short period of time & it is suitable for everyone. Shiatsu can support those with stress issues or physical issues created by work or work positions. It can help with tiredness, lack of drive or motivation. 

The employer just needs to provide a space for the Shiatsu massage to take place & allow the employee’s to take their break to fit when the treatments are taking place. The treatments are 20 minutes long & cost £10. This cost is generally affordable, the employer may consider subsidising or meeting this cost. 

It’s, obviously, important that there enough people are interested in having Shiatsu & that benefits can be seen. So I will happily offer taster sessions for free. I am happy to discuss arrangements & questions – you can find my details on the ‘contact me’ page. 

Below is a photo of me working on my massage chair. I can always focus on the shoulders & neck area, as this is where people often feel tension. The Shiatsu can be tailored to suit the client. 


Exeter Shiatsu fans watch this space!

I am very excited as I have finally arranged something that I have wanted to sort for ages. I have a photographer, a model & the room arranged so that I can get some new Shiatsu photos taken. That means photos of stretches that can really support people at home & also more of me giving Shiatsu massage. If may not sound like a big deal but it’s something I have been trying to arrange for ages. 

If you want to see what Shiatsu massage is like you can have a look at the photos I have up on the photos page on this site. You can also head to the Shiatsu Society to see their description & photos of Shiatsu. I also have other information on my Facebook page so you can check that out. Otherwise hold onto your excitement & watch this site, as soon I’ll post the new photos here! 

Shiatsu view of the world – Colour in the dark 

So yesterday I talked about resting in the dark months of the year, building & storing energy ready for the spring & summer. Its also important to have some exercise, to ensure a good balance in life. Today my toddler & me headed out into the cold & slightly damp air to get some fresh air. We managed a moderate amount of cardio-vascular exercise, too much takes away the energy we should be storing & growing. 

It was pretty dull down here in Devon, dark clouds over Exeter & surroundings. Drizzle was in the air but luckily not too much of a wind. We were careful not to be out to long, stayed well wrapped up & listened to our bodies when we had done enough. We headed home to the warmth & snuggled with books to recoup any energies used.

Today was however pretty dark & dreary so we took the challenge to find colour in the dullness. Please excuse the poor photography (completely my fault) This is what we found….

Beautiful purple stems on this bare shrub

A couple of stray rosehips still about

Vibrant gorse 

We also saw a couple of signs that spring is not quite so far away 


Sheep just been visited by a ram – pregnant maybe?!?!?

It cheered our spirits spotting small amounts of colour under the grey clouds & reminded me to make the most of small things. I also appreciated the reminder that taking a few deep breaths of fresh air can re-energize the body. I did a few stretches that support the lung & large intestine meridians & felt a good flow of energy fill my body. I feel lucky that I studied Shiatsu & 5 element diagnosis, it helps me keep perspective at times & helps me keep my health balanced. 

If any of this resonates with you & you would like to know more about Shiatsu please head to the ‘contact me’ page. I am always happy to talk Shiatsu.

Blue Monday blues? 

I don’t really understand how they decide that today is the most miserable day of the year but I definitely understand thd idea of January blues. Having spent a lot of money on Christmas then having the exciting high of the festive period & new year it can feel hard to get back into the routine if work,school, daily life. January is a long month & the pay-day also comes along a good while after the December one.

We’ve been relatively lucky with the weather this month, so far, no sign of the blizzard & snow-drifts we were told were coming, well at least here in Exeter, Devon. The morning’s are dark & generally cold & there is no evening thanks to the long nights. Sorry not sure I’m cheering anyone up here! We all feel it at this time of year. 

What are January’s for? Moping & feeling low? 5 element theory, the form of diagnosis that Shiatsu uses says that we should rest & regroup & strengthen our roots in the deepest winter. We should be still & rest, just be. Not be looking forward or planning or pushing to get things done. If we rest & wait now our bodies will strenghten & be ready to start planning in the Spring & bringing projects to fruition in the summer. We have plenty of time to socialise, go out, exercise, work-hard & inevitably spend money later in the year. 

Rather than feeling sorry & low we can take this opportunity to listen to our tired & pushed bodies & rest & be quiet. As much as our busy lives push us on if it’s possible to find at least moments of still now in January we should feel more energy later as the days get longer. Just a thought!

Shiatsu can help us reconnect with what our body needs, in each season. Shiatsu can also help to recharge ourselves & our bodies. If you would like to find out if Shiatsu could help support you please get in touch. Details on the ‘contact me’ page. I practise in Exwick, Exeter, Devon & if you are feeling the blues or aches & pains (so common in the cold weather) you may want to arrange a Shiatsu massage.

Free Shiatsu massage taster sessions

I think Shiatsu massage is an unique & flexible hands-on therapy, obviously, I spent 3 years training to qualify! However I know that quite a few people haven’t heard of it & don’t know what is involved. I wish this was different & that more people understood how many benefits Shiatsu massage can have. I love promoting Shiatsu & trying to get the message out there.

Shiatsu is not as well know as some other alternative therapies, Reflexology, Acupuncture, Osteopathy. It is a relative new-comer to the therapy party, having originated in Japan as many different forms of massage it became a recognised form of massage through practitioners developing it in the western world. There are a number of Osteopathy & Acupuncture clinics in Exeter, Devon but not one Shiatsu clinic. There are a handful of us practising Shiatsu in Exeter & although it is beginning to become known-of it is still a challenge to promote Shiatsu & it’s benefits. 

Over each year I do a number of events promoting Shiatsu massage. Sometimes this is with other Shiatsu practitioners & sometimes alone. The aim is to do events that are free or very cheap so that everyone or most people can afford to have a taster session, & hopefully get the buzz that Shiatsu can produce. I have a few events lined up this year but I am always looking for further opportunities. Shiatsu can be given pretty much anywhere, festivals & fairs of course but also in workplaces, cafes, shops, libraries & at pamper evenings & parties. 

If you have an idea of an event that Shiatsu would be good at then please do get in touch. Events that I attend are generally in the Exeter area but I’m also happy to go further afield. Contact details can be found on the ‘contact me’ page. 

Thanks for reading & happy Shiatsu buzz to all.