We are lucky to have two Shiatsu practitioners working here in our Therapy Centre & Studio!

Nick Neter

Shiatsu Practitioner and Teacher of Qigong and Meditation. MRSS (Registered  Member of the Uk Shiatsu Society) DipSh, DipQT, B’Ed Hons, B’Sc Hons.

Louise Burt

Louise studied Shiatsu at the Shiatsu College, Hastings, qualifying in 2018 and now works mainly at the Well Being Centre, Stone Cross and in Eastbourne. 

What is Shiatsu? 

Shiatsu is a healing art, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch and pressure to enable each of us to contact our own natural self -healing qualities. In a Shiatsu session the Practitioner uses pressure with thumbs, fingers, palms, and sometimes knees, elbows and feet, to induce deep relaxation and a feeling of wellbeing. It is sometimes dynamic, sometimes seemingly quite static, involving pressure on the limbs and torso, as well as rotations, the kneading and releasing of tight muscles and supporting areas of weakness.

To receive, Shiatsu is deeply relaxing and yet invigorating, leaving a feeling of tranquillity and a sense of being in touch with every part of one’s body. Giving Shiatsu is a like performing a moving meditation and often leaves the giver feeling as balanced and energized as the receiver.

Shiatsu was developed from traditional oriental massage and, in common with acupuncture and other oriental therapies, it works on the body’s energetic system, using the network of meridians, or energy pathways, which connect to the internal organs, as well as relating to our emotional, psychological, spiritual  harmony and wellbeing.

The concept of the body as an ‘energetic’ organism comes from ancient Chinese thought, and through centuries of experience and study it has evolved into a system of medical theory and practice which is rich, poetic and life changing! This concept is now increasingly being acknowledged and explored in the West. Energy, known as Ki in Japanese (Qi in Chinese), flows through the body, rather like a system of rivers. Things may happen to upset the smooth flow of Ki causing blockages in some areas, weaknesses or stagnant pools in others. These in turn may lead to physical symptoms, psychological or emotional disturbance, or a feeling that ‘things are just not right’!

 

Shiatsu uses physical pressure and meridian stretches to unblock the ‘dams’-which show up as tight muscles and areas of stiffness-and revitalize the empty areas-which may feel cold, weak or just needing to be held. Oriental medical theory provides a framework by which the Shiatsu practitioner can assess the body’s energetic state and needs and can explain why the body holds tension in certain areas or points and feels weak in others.

RECENT RESEARCH

Recent research carried out by the University of Leeds on behalf of the European Shiatsu Federation establishes that Shiatsu treatment:

  • Improves health and wellbeing

  • Is safe

  • Can benefit specific conditions

  • Suggests a role for Shiatsu in public health

 

The study, carried out by Professor A.F. Long of the School of Healthcare, took place in Austria, Spain and the UK in 2006 and 2007. 948 clients participated in the study where their experience of Shiatsu treatment and the effects of it were studied over a period of 6 months. Shiatsu, like other oriental healthcare methods, has been practiced for centuries and aims primarily to promote wellbeing and to

help prevent illness. Treatment involves an energetic evaluation of the client’s current condition and symptoms, followed by stimulation of the meridian channels using gentle pressure of fingers and palms. Shiatsu effects change in the overall energy system and in the client’s condition in a non-invasive manner.

RESEARCH RESULTS

The positive experiences and benefits reported in the study are consistent for the three countries. Interestingly, they are also maintained over time. The main effects reported by the participants were:

  • Increased relaxation and a sense of calm

  • Being more energised

  • Being better able to cope

  • A reduction in symptoms of stress and tension

  • Improvement of problems with muscles and joints including back pain and postural misalignments

  • Improvement in energy and reduction of fatigue

  • Overall improvement in, and confidence about, health

  • Motivation to make positive lifestyle changes, particularly regarding diet and exercise

  • Improved psychological wellbeing

  • Changes in the use of conventional medicine and medication​

Shiatsu at the Natural Fitness and Therapy Centre

in February 2020

 

As part of National Shiatsu Awareness month both our Shiatsu practitioners, yes both, as Louise Burt now joins our team from February would like to offer an introductory Shiatsu Treatment to new clients for the amazing price of £30. And for existing clients who book four treatments through February and March, Nick and Louise are happy to offer these four treatments for £140, a reduction of £20.

Shiatsu, is a healing art, originating in Japan, which uses the power of touch and pressure, stretches and rotations to enable each of us to contact our own natural self -healing qualities. Shiatsu is becoming increasing popular in many countries of Europe, Australia, New Zealand and North America and being integrated into their national healthcare systems.

Shiatsu research carried out by the University of Leeds, on behalf of the European Shiatsu Federation, by Professor A.F. Long of the School of Healthcare, took place in Austria, Spain and the UK involving over 1000 clients. The positive experiences and benefits reported in the study are consistent for the three countries. Interestingly, they are also maintained over time. The main effects reported by the participants were:

  • Increased relaxation and a sense of calm

  • Being more energised

  • Being better able to cope

  • A reduction in symptoms of stress and tension

  • Improvement of problems with muscles and joints including back pain and postural misalignments

  • Improvement in energy and reduction of fatigue

  • Overall improvement in, and confidence about, health

  • Motivation to make positive lifestyle changes, particularly regarding diet and exercise

  • Improved psychological wellbeing

  • Changes in the use of conventional medicine and medication

 

In 2011 Nick Neter completed a B’Sc Hons. at the University of Brighton in Multidisciplinary Healthcare where he carried out research into the effects of Shiatsu on back pain. The results showed that there was a significant lessening of pain and discomfort over 4 treatments and a large reduction in the daily disabilities of living with back pain. 

Both Nick and Louise are available on Monday, Thursday and Fridays and very much look forward to working with you.