Barbara Medda


Zen Shiatsu

Manchester UK

Something more about Shiatsu

Japanese tradition has given us Shiatsu, a holistic body-work deeply relaxing whose goals are to rebalance the body, giving relief from pain at all level: physical, psychological and spiritual, supporting and stimulating the natural self-healing process.

Balancing the body energy's circulation called Ki or Chi it moves the individual toward a higher well-being level and a major personal growth.

Shiatsu is a non-invasive therapy that may help reduce stress and contribute to overall wellbeing. Proponents believe that it has both preventative and remedial effects.


Shiatsu can be used in the treatment of a wide range of internal, musculoskeletal, and emotional conditions. It is thought to reduce muscle stiffness, stimulate the skin, aid digestion, and influence the nervous system. Shiatsu is used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions, such as PMS, digestive disorder, IBS, fatigue, insomnia, support with fibromyalgia, anxiety, stress, and muskuloskeletal pain as back, neck, and joint pain.

The effect may be stimulating and invigorating or calming and sedative, depending on the aim of the session.


“The natural healing force within each of us is the greatest force in getting well.” 
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What to expect from a treatment

During your treatment you will lay down on a coziest padded mat, covered by a sheet or blanket. You will be comfortable fully clothed during the session, not oil are used.

Then you will enjoy your treatment with its characteristic comfortable finger and palm pressure and stretching muscle groups which release your tension, restore balance and harmony, increase energy (ki) flow of the body, support healing, relieves stress, support wellbeing, helps aid sleep and relaxation.

It is not possible to establish how many treatments the reciver will need. Often there may already be significant changes after the first sessions, while in other situations a longer series of treatments may be necessary, agreed with the recipient. The interval between treatments is usually one week but, depending on the need, the cadence can also be fortnightly or monthly.

"When you touch one thing with deep awareness, you touch everything"

Shiatsu history

Shiatsu was developed in Japan in the early part of 20th century. Its roots are in the Chinese Medicine, the Japanese massage Amna and the eastern philosophy for which everything is connected.

Shiatsu has developed different branches during the time and I practice Zen Shiatsu that has derived by S. Masunaga which incorporated in the new practice the experiences of his studies in western psychology, anatomy and physiology. 


Shiatsu and science

Shiatsu is very popular, not only in Japan in which this practice was born but also in U.S.A. , Canada and Europe as well.

Lots of scientific researches have been done all around the world about the shiatsu benefits. The European Shiatsu Federation keep us updated about all the new researches and results.

The Energy medicine studied by the Western science evidence how Shiatsu works at a cellular level.

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