Like most traditional Oriental practices, shiatsu is a holistic therapy that addresses at once the body’s physical, emotional, psychological and energetic systems.

It’s a Japanese healing art (which translates as ‘finger pressure’) based on more than 3,500 years of Chinese medicine and modern anatomy and physiology theory.

Practitioners use a combination of touch, pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s structure and balance its flow of energy or ‘Ki’. It’s a deeply relaxing and invigorating experience, the idea being to strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal itself.

Jan Murphy

Shiatsu massage therapist

Jan graduated from the British School of Shiatsu-Do with training in sports shiatsu, facial shiatsu, shiatsu for women’s health, ear acupuncture, nutrition and structural alignment. Before this, she worked in the media.

Jan’s practice involves gentle pressing with palms, fingers and thumbs to improve energy flow on the meridians. She also uses more dynamic rotation and stretches of joints and limbs, if needed.

Clients come to Jan because shiatsu has been known to help:

• Reduce stress, boost energy and improve sleep
• Ward off illness and maintain health and wellbeing
• Alleviate aches, pains and joint problems
• Regulate digestion and menstruation
• Deal with sports injuries
• Correct posture and spinal alignment
• Relieve pain during pregnancy and childbirth
• Manage emotional issues like depression, anxiety and addiction

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