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What Shiatsu Therapy is

Shiatsu Therapy is a unique non-invasive manual therapy that originated in Japan. It is deeply relaxing and it stimulates and supports the body's natural ability to heal and balance itself.

Shiatsu treatments have a regulatory influence on the autonomic nervous system, thereby improving organs function and easing muscle tension. Shiatsu supports the individual to move toward a greater sense of health and wellbeing on different levels: physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual. 

Shiatsu uses acupressure, stretching, rotations, gentle rocking to improve the natural flow of Ki (energy) in the body-mind.

What Shiatsu is good for

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. Clear and accurate aftercare advice will be given.

Shiatsu is a Japanese word that literally means finger pressure and derives its theoretical and practical roots from the ancient traditions of Oriental medicine.

Today it is an autonomous treatment method influenced by Chinese, Japanese and Western knowledge. In addition to being regularly used by thousands of people all over the world.

A variety of charities, health foundations, NHS trusts and hospitals in the United Kingdom provide Shiatsu to support patients whilst receiving treatment for a range of health issues and to help them maintain their general wellbeing.


About me

Barbara Medda
MRSS, CNHC regd.

Zen Shiatsu
Manchester UK

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I am a registered, qualified Shiatsu practitioner, acupressure massage therapist, and teaching assistant at the Manchester Shiatsu College,member of the Shiatsu Society Uk, and registered with the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council.

 I have been practising Shiatsu since 2015. I am a teaching assistant at the Shiatsu College Manchester. I have experience with a wide range of chronic and acute physical and mental health conditions. I also offer Japanese Facial Rejuvenation treatments for sustainable beauty and well-being.

How I work 

My Shiatsu is focused on improving my client's well-being, and quality of life, encouraging mind-body awareness.

The first session is one hour and fifteen minutes long, it includes a health assessment and a chat about what the client wants to achieve with shiatsu.

The follow-up sessions are one hour long, they include a chat with the client about what they want to achieve with that session.

Supporting my clients is my very priority so when applicable I give them gentle and easy exercises – tailored to their needs – to enhance the effects of the shiatsu sessions.


Where you can find me

My shiatsu practice is based in Manchester City centre (Northern Quarter) and in Manchester South (Chorlton). Occasionally I offer home visits. Please ask.


Barbara Medda
MRSS, CNHC regd.
Zen Shiatsu
Manchester UK

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