Zen Shiatsu is a hands-on Japanese Zen Healing Art with origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and has been modernized and adapted over many years.




​Unique results can be achieved because shiatsu has holistic goals which attempt to address the whole person rather than a specific complaint. ​Shiatsu can improve the Chi (vital life-force) flowing through the meridians (channels of living magnetic energy) existing throughout the body.


When we are healthy, Chi flows smoothly supporting all our energy systems such as respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive and nervous systems to name a few. When Chi becomes blocked or disturbed in any way, we manifest symptoms, become ill or feel "out of sorts". An experienced shiatsu practitioner is able to release these energetic blocks thus increasing vital energy and restoring balance.

The physical support felt during a shiatsu treatment allows us to "let go" of the mental and emotional aspects of what we are currently experiencing and relax deeply.   

Five element theory and the principals of yin & yang (expansion and contraction) form the basis of all Eastern medical  practice. A skilled shiatsu practitioner can utilise this knowledge to advise each recipient individually in the areas of diet and corrective exercise.

People come to shiatsu with all kinds of ailments, ranging from the physical to the emotional or mental. Shiatsu does not force outcomes and feels very supportive.


Shiatsu has a reputation for:

  • Pain relief (muscular, skeletal, digestive and nerve pain)

  • Deep relaxation (helps to release physical, emotional and mental stress)

  • Improving blood circulation and organ functioning (speeds up the removal of toxins from the body)

  • Increasing vitality and lifting fatigue

  • The well-known benefits of hands-on therapy


For more information on shiatsu  www.shiatsu.org.nz