What is Shiatsu?
It’s a complimentary therapy
It’s acupuncture without the needles
Shiatsu is the Japanese art of finger pressure. Most people associate shiatsu with massage, but actually it is quite different. Shiatsu consists of rhythmic, single point finger pressure applied along the "ki" energy channels or meridians of the body. Shiatsu is simple, safe, non-invasive and at the same time, very effective in the treatment of many acute or chronic disorders.
Based on research in Japan, it has been documented that shiatsu is very effective in calming the sympathetic nervous system and improving the tone and function of the muscles, nerves, blood vessels, lymph nodes, endocrine glands and internal organs.
In addition, it has been shown that shiatsu assists the body in eliminating toxins and metabolic waste. As a result, shiatsu is effective for a wide range of problems, including hypertension, headaches, dizziness, irritable bowel syndrome, muscular or skeletal pain, insomnia, nausea, diarrhoea and other gastro-intestinal disorders. This list isn’t exhaustive.
After a shiatsu treatment, one can feel lightness in the limbs, renewed energy, and an overall sense of wellbeing. In addition, most people experience improved digestion and deeper sleep. The effects from shiatsu are cumulative. This is why I recommend routine shiatsu treatments as the basis of a health maintenance program.
Everyone is unique. I offer a safe, comfortable haven where we can work together on your individual needs. I enjoy listening to other people and feel happy in the knowledge that I can help them in some way to take control of their health and wellbeing.
I met Sue by chance at the Chudfest Summer Fair and she gave me a taster session of the Shiatsu massage. I have not looked back since then!
Welcome to Shiatsu in South Devon
Hello, I’m Sue and my passion is Shiatsu, it constantly delights me to see the positive changes it can bring about in my clients lives.
I came to Shiatsu in 2005, I believe that shiatsu found me. I was in a destructive relationship, going round in circles. Through learning shiatsu and working with other shiatsu students, it allowed me to leave that relationship behind and the emotional wounds healed.
I physically and mentally changed for the better and recurring illnesses disappeared and I became calmer and happier in myself. It was during the latter stages of my studies that I met my husband Daniel and we had our beautiful daughter two weeks after my Shiatsu graduation ceremony in 2008. I believe that shiatsu helped me turn my life around in a relatively short period of time.
Since practising shiatsu, I have helped many people. They range from clients who just want to look after their health and to de- stress, to people who live with very difficult conditions such as chronic fatigue, emotional problems, arthritis, migraine, stress, back pain, joint pain and many more besides.
What to expect in typical session
Shiatsu is traditionally carried out on a futon or a massage chair. It is best for the recipient to wear loose comfortable cotton clothing and not to have eaten a large meal beforehand. Initially I take a brief medical and lifestyle history.
Each session is a completely individual experience, from the diagnosis and working intuitively I nourish and support whatever is going on for you at that moment in time.
The effects of Shiatsu are cumulative, so follow up treatments are advisable. Sometimes our ailments can become deeply entrenched and a few sessions are needed to help eliminate them. I give recommendations based on the oriental diagnosis and what has come up for the client in the session.
After a treatment it is better if you are able to rest, and drink plenty of water to help eliminate toxins. One may experience changes within the next day or so and some people up to a week.
Shiatsu has helped me physically, mentally and emotionally through many hard times, it is gentle and deeply relaxing and Sue has that knack of finding those tender spots and releasing the energy to help you feel good. Thank you Sue you’re a gem.
My wife Lyn and I first started going to Shiatsu Massage with Sue Cooper about a year ago, after Lyn had attended a "taster" session. She was so impressed with the treatment that she made an appointment for both of us.