What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a bodywork therapy that originated in Japan, literally translated Shiatsu means Shi = finger and atsu = pressure. It aims to strengthen and support the body’s natural ability toheal and balance itself. Shiatsu can help with acute aches and pains as well as relieve longerheld patterns of stress and tension. It works to support the whole person and is a truly holistic therapy, treating each person individually.

Shiatsu is based on similar principles to acupuncture and draws on the long tradition of Oriental Medicine. In this system the body, emotions, mind and spirit are not seen as separate entities but parts of a whole and if one is out of balance this affects the whole system. If our vital life force (called ki in Japanese) can’t flow freely, our body expresses this through physical and emotional symptoms

Shiatsu works to balance the flow of ki by working our energetic body through channels called meridians. The skilled Shiatsu practitioner identifies which meridians to work using Oriental Medicine diagnostic skills: description and assessment of symptoms, whole body observation, touch diagnosis. Shiatsu techniques to restore balance include: comfortable palm, thumb, elbow and knee pressure; gentle and more dynamic stretches and joint rotations; rocking and mobilization of the spine; connective tissue (fascia) and cranial work.

How can Shiatsu help you?

Shiatsu bodywork is a way to support anyone who wants to feel better – physically, emotionally and mentally.

If you would like to …

  • reduce pain and tension in the body (e.g. lower back pain, shoulder and neck
  • tension, headaches and migraines, period pains)
  • experience deep relaxation and a sense of peace
  • feel looser and lighter
  • re-align your body
  • improve posture, digestion and/or breathing
  • have more energy
  • receive support for conception, pregnancy or post-natal
  • address chronic physical or emotional patterns

… then Shiatsu is for you!

What happens during a Shiatsu session?

A Shiatsu session usually lasts for 60 minutes and includes an initial chat to ascertain your state of health and the symptoms you are experiencing. After the treatment there is rest time to allow your body to process and integrate the treatment. Your practitioner ma recommend exercises or diet and life style changes.

Shiatsu treatments usually happen at floor level on a padded futon mat but can be adapted to suit the receiver’s needs: sitting on a chair or lying on a massage table. Chamomile Clinic practitioners Svenja and Barbara also use a Body Cushion to support the natural curvatur of your spine especially at neck level. Other support cushions are used where appropriate to support the optimum treatment position

The client stays fully clothed and we advise you to wear loose and comfortable clothes e.g. track suit bottoms or leggings, (long sleeved) T-Shirt and socks.

Japanese Facial Rejuvenation – NEW at the Chamomile Clinic

Our face presents us to the world. When life gets stressful, we can hold a lot of tension in our face – jaw, behind the eyebrows, forehead, back of the neck … our face is constantly exposed to environmental pollutants. Part of detoxing is ‘letting go’. Deeply relaxing and called the ‘natural face lift’, this treatment will leave you feeling with a natural glow. Acupressure dry cloth treatment is combined with cleansing, toning, moisturising, face mask and hot towel treatment. Vegan and organic products to suit your skin type.

Hot Ginger Compress – seasonal support

The ideal treatment to support your detox! A traditional medicinal treatment in South East Asia for centuries, hot ginger compress improves blood and lymph flow, moves stagnation, reduces mucous and relieves inflammation (muscle and joint pain). A succession of hot towels infused with hot ginger is placed on your lower back over your kidneys – deeply warming and relaxing, boosting your kidneys while aiding the release of toxins. I will also work on your back, legs and feet to complete the treatment.

Baby Shiatsu

Baby Shiatsu is a developmental baby massage originating from Japan. It combines Western and Eastern knowledge of child development. It supports babies’ development by integrating motor, sensory & emotional growth. 

The elementary power of touch strengthens bonding between parents and baby.

Baby Shiatsu is a non oil based massage and it is done through clothing so could be done anywhere and any time.

Classes are very accommodating, mums can breastfeed, take a break, walk around with their babies if that’s what is needed. 

(Baby age: 6 weeks – pre crawling)

 A full course of 5 classes covers the following treatment routines: 

Main themes of front treatment
– Finding the centre, perceiving oneself and one’s own boundaries.
– Feeling, resting in oneself.
– Respecting one’s own limitations.
– Basic trust in life.
Main themes of back treatment
– Upright posture and getting into motion.
– Linguistic development.
– Fine motor functioning and proprioceptive sensibility.
– Basic feeling of security / backing in life.
Main themes of side treatment
– Conquering room and space / rotation.
– Occupying one’s territory.
– Vestibular system (balance).
– Visual perception.
– Curiosity about life / facing life.

We learn baby handling techniques that strengthen your baby’s back and neck, support their digestion and help them to learn involuntarily the right movement patterns and to use the right muscle groups to turn around and come upright later on. 
We will also learn “magic points” and how to work on them to support your little one to calm down, fall asleep, encourage sucking or supporting their digestion, elimination or alleviate colic symptoms.

Classes are very accommodating, mums can breastfeed, take a break, walk around with their babies if that’s what is needed.


Your Shiatsu Practitioners


Szilvia Feher

Szilvia Feher


60 Minute Treatment – £49.00

Japanese Facial Rejuvenation

  • 60 minutes £49
  • 30 minutes £30

Hot Ginger Compress: 45 minutes £40

Shiatsu bodywork and Facial Rejuvenation Combi: 90 minutes  – £65

Shiatsu bodywork and Ginger Compress Combo: 75 minutes –  £60




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