Shiatsu What is shiatsu? Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage which many people find deeply relaxing. The Japanese word shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ but the hands, arms and gentle stretching movements are also used in delivering it. Shiatsu works with touch along the electro-magnetic energy pathways (like acupuncture) and for that reason is sometimes called acupressure. Shiatsu can help support physical and emotional wellbeing. You can lie down or sit for shiatsu and will need to wear loose, comfortable clothing. What can shiatsu help with? Most visitors asked say that shiatsu helped them very much in reducing stress, anxiety, worry, tension and insomnia as well as the side effects of breast cancer treatment. Shiatsu is experienced by most as being deeply relaxing, calming and restorative. Research studies found that acupressure can help with controlling chemotherapy related nausea. Important therapy information A course of three to four sessions is recommended. Each appointment is up to one hour. We recommend that you allow time to rest after each treatment. It is advisable not to have another body treatment on the same day to gain the full benefit of the treatment. Shiatsu can be given at any time but we suggest you wait four to six weeks after surgery or until you can lie comfortably on your side or front. We are not currently able to offer shiatsu massage. Please call us on 0300 012 0112 to find out how else we can support you.