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What is Shiatsu?

Tien Chen Shiatsu is a holistic body treatment, which originates from Japan.

There are three distinct areas of Shiatsu which include Joint Manipulation, Acupressure and Massage.

Joint Manipulation

This area of Tien Chen Shiatsu is based on the original form of Chiropractics. Using very simple but highly effective techniques, joints within the body are manipulated and realigned. The Shiatsu practitioner can in most cases establish the real cause of the pain, for example lower back pain can sometimes be caused by a misaligned pelvis or hip joint which is putting stress on the vertebra of the back resulting in pain in this area. These areas are then manipulated and relief is felt.


Is based on the same principles as acupuncture but instead of needles, fingers, thumbs and probes are used. Its aim is to restore the smooth flow of energy, called Qi along the meridian lines in the body. If a particular condition requires treatment certain meridian lines associated to that condition are stimulated to unblock the energy flow and restore the bodies natural balance.


Shiatsu massage encompasses a wide range of techniques which can in most cases be performed through light clothing. The Shiatsu massage relaxes the muscles within the body and in turn helps to balance the energy flow within and is used to effectively treat stress or depression. The massage is extremely relaxing and it is quite unlike traditional Swedish massage, no oils are used and it is performed fully clothed, using only a light touch.