Shiatsu Massage is a traditional style of massage which originated in Japan and is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It provides a highly effective combination of both relaxation and corrective therapy, and can be used in the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Approaching health from a holistic viewpoint, Shiatsu aims to relieve symptoms by addressing the root cause of a condition.

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What Does Shiatsu Practitioners Do?

Shiatsu practitioners diagnose by gathering information from a client; feeling their pulse, observing their face, voice, tongue and posture and by massaging specific diagnostic points. Treatment is tailored to rebalance the individual pattern of disharmony that is presenting at the time. For this reason each Shiatsu treatment is unique, although bodywork, stretching and acupressure are common to all treatments. Dietary and lifestyle advice may be useful in some instances as well.

How Shiatsu Massage is Done?

Shiatsu is performed with the client fully clothed, on a comfortable futon on the floor. The practitioner may use a combination of deep or light pressure, depending on the client’s needs and preference, using palms, thumbs, fingers, arms, elbows, knees and even feet. Most people feel tremendous benefit from just one treatment, although chronic conditions may require several sessions or ongoing treatment. Shiatsu can also be used as a form of preventative medicine, stress relief and self care.

Studies into the safety and efficacy of Shiatsu show a statistically significant reduction in symptoms severity, particularly for tension, stress and problems with muscles, joints and body structures, including back pain and posture. In one particular study participants overwhelmingly agreed or strongly agreed that “Shiatsu has been affective in treating my symptoms.” (Long. et al. 2007).


If you would like to further explore research findings into Shiatsu, there are many studies published on the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia website.

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What do we treat with Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is effective for the treatment of a wide range of conditions, both physical and
psychological, including:

  • Back, neck, shoulder, hip and knee pain, general joint pain and lack of mobility
  • Migraines and headaches
  • Fatigue, sleep issues and insomnia
  • Digestive problems, abdominal pain, bloating and constipation
  • Poor immunity, allergies, asthma and respiratory conditions
  • PMS, menstrual pain and women’s health issues
  • Anxiety, nervous tension and stress
  • Depression, low mood and brain fog
  • Emotional pain, trauma and life transitions

Gurudaya is available for Shiatsu on Tuesdays between 9:30 am and 5:30 pm.

Pregnancy and Motherhood

The journey into motherhood is a sacred and exciting time, but also a time when extra support may be needed. Shiatsu can be highly beneficial during pregnancy, and can assist a new Mother to recovery after delivery. It’s also an effective tool to use during labour, to relieve pain and assist progression.

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