Shiatsu is a bodywork combining elements of acupressure and massage. It can be dynamic or gentle depending on client need. Originating from Japan, its roots are in traditional Chinese medicine with similar principles to acupuncture. Clients lie fully clothed on a futon to receive a treatment.

How does it work?

Shiatsu practitioners (along with acupuncturists) believe there are a myriad of pathways that flow throughout the body carrying qi ‘energy’ (in a similar way to the lymphatic and circulatory systems flow throughout the body). Any blockage in the circulation of the qi can manifest as symptoms and shiatsu addresses any imbalance.


Shiatsu is particularly good for stress related disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, muscular tension, digestive or menstrual problems or poor immunity.

Shiatsu  restores and balances energy flow as well as providing stretches and rotations for muscles and joints.  It works on both a physical and emotional level and can help with ailments such as backache, neck and shoulder stiffness and poor circulation.


Phoene is particularly interested in working with:

Shiatsu for stress reduction:

A treatment will encourage a sense of your physical self and what your body is trying to tell you.  Shiatsu does promote increased relaxation as well as body awareness and helps to maintain a connected sense of wellbeing.

Shiatsu for pregnancy:

Treatment can assist in maintaining both energetic and physical health as well as to  reduce specific symptoms such as heartburn or back pain and help prepare for labour.

Shiatsu for voice:

Having originally trained as a shiatsu practitioner after working as a vocal coach and singing teacher for a number of years and observing how a tense body can restrict the release of a connected sound, Phoene is always delighted to combine bodywork with voicework for singers, actors and public speakers.


The cost is £40 for a 60 minute treatment. The initial consultation is £45 and lasts for 80 mins as it includes a written consultation.  Clients are asked to wear appropriate clothing (long sleeved top and trousers in natural fibres with socks).


Qualified in 2008 with a Diploma in the Theory & Practice of Shiatsu in 2008 from the European Shiatsu School and about to register with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.