Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing therapy.   It is deeply relaxing and helps address both physical and emotional tension.  Regular treatments can help prevent this build up of tension.

The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is that vital energy (Ki) flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians.  For different reasons Ki can stop flowing smoothly and freely and this can result in a symptom.

As the quality of Ki changes following treatments the symptoms  associated with a lack of flow will improve;  some swiftly, some more gradually.

As a practitioner I will consider your state of health, the symptoms you are experiencing and depending on your constitution and general energy levels, will use a variety of techniques to improve your well-being.  These may include gentle holding, pressing with palms, thumbs, fingers, elbows, knees and feet on the meridians and, when appropriate, more dynamic rotations and stretches.

Shiatsu in Pregnancy :

Shiatsu is very beneficial during pregnancy and in labour.  I often see women during their pregnancy for back pain – upper and lower,  pelvic discomfort, equally just to relax in their pregnancy.  Shiatsu can help women feel more relaxed and confident about the forthcoming birth of their baby.   Shiatsu can help reduce adrenaline and help initiate the cascade of hormones (oxytocin and endorphines) that promote the labour process.

What to expect in a session :

Each session lasts approximately one hour.  Before the treatment I will ask you to complete a form outlying a picture of your general health and previous health history.

The session usually takes place on a padded mat or futon at floor level, although it is possible to receive Shiatsu sitting on a chair if you are unable to lie down. The client stays fully clothed in loose comfortable garments.  Following a treatment, there can be a feeling of increased vitality, you may feel invigorated yet relaxed.

Guidelines for receiving Shiatsu :

  • Please bring or wear loose, warm comfortable clothing, preferably cotton, e.g. sweatshirt, tracksuit trousers and cotton socks.
  • Do not eat heavily in the 2 hours prior to a treatment.
  • Do not drink alcohol before or after treatment.
  • After treatment drink plenty of water to smooth the flow of changes through the system.
  • If possible avoid strenuous or stressful activities after your session.

Kathleen Beegan is a registered and insured Shiatsu Practitioner.

To make an appointment or discuss any of the above call Kathleen on 07753700435 or e-mail Appts 1hr treatment time 50 minutes.

Kathleen’s Studio 41 Stanthorpe Road London SW16 2DZ.   Home visits can be arranged.   Cost £55.00, a local home visit will cost £65.00

Kathleen does Ear Candle Treatments for blocked ears, and sinusitis related congestion.  Call Kathleen to discuss symtoms and for an appt.  Cost includes candles £35 for 30 min appt.