Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being. 

Although shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. 

It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.

How does it work?

Shiatsu is a touch-based therapy that applies pressure to areas of the surface of the body through loose comfortable clothing for the purpose of promoting and maintaining wellbeing. 

A Shiatsu practitioner will initially consult with the client and plan the Shiatsu treatment. The client will then be positioned comfortably, with appropriate adjustments being made throughout the session. 

Aftercare advice will be given.

Shiatsu can also help with

  • Headaches and tension   
  • Jetlag 
  • Back pain 
  • Frozen shoulders
  • Muscular tensions    
  • Poor circulation 
  • Respiratory problems 
  • Flexibility problems 
      • Stress-related conditions
      • Chronic fatigue
      • Shoulder pain
      • Whiplash injuries
      • Emotional problems and stress-related problems
      • Digestive problems
      • Decrease of immune system,
      • Muscular tone enhancement


      Do I have to be ill to receive Shiatsu?
      No. People can receive Shiatsu purely for relaxation and enjoyment. Regular treatments may help to keep the body in harmony and ward off ill-health.

      Can I receive Shiatsu whilst on medication?
      Yes. Your practitioner will ask whether you are currently taking medication and take details of any medical conditions you are suffering from.

      I’m pregnant – can I still receive Shiatsu?
      Yes. Shiatsu is safe and supportive during and after pregnancy.  Many of our practitioners specialise in maternity.

      Can Shiatsu help with ongoing or incurable conditions?
      Yes. Shiatsu can offer support and can often help to moderate or manage symptoms even if the problem will never really go away. An increased sense of well being due to Shiatsu may boost tolerance levels in the receiver, helping them to deal with the symptoms more easily.

      I cannot lie on the floor. Can I still have Shiatsu?
      Yes. It is possible to receive Shiatsu in a chair, lying on a treatment couch, in a wheelchair or even in a hospital bed.


      Farnham Natural Therapy Clinic
      Carlton Yard, Victoria Road
      Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7RD


      Monday - Friday: 09:00AM - 20:00PM

      Saturday: 10:00AM - 14:00PM