What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a therapeutic massage technique that originates from Japan. The name comes from the Japanese 'Shi' (finger) and 'atsu' (pressure). In treatments we use a combination of pressure points, gentle manipulation and stretching. This allows us to energise areas that have become weak, while reducing tension in the body.

Using the thumbs, fingers and palms to apply sensitive and mindful touch, the therapist can work on nervous, circulatory and respiratory systems. This can help to support the body's self-healing abilities and, moreover, help you to relax.

What is it good for?

It can be used to treat a wide variety of pain and discomfort issues, including:

  • Low back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder strain
  • Neck pain / Whiplash
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Fibromyalgia / chronic fatigue
  • Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sport or workout strains
  • General stress and tension

In addition to this, it can be used as a preventive treatment to keep you feeling good and performing well.

About the sessions

Our Shiatsu massage sessions are with Graham Hadley, who is also a physiotherapist here at The Putney Clinic. This form of massage therapy is performed while clients are fully dressed and without the use of oils. For this reason, we advise clients to wear loose comfortable clothing to sessions. Typically, massage sessions last for 45 to 60 minutes.

Booking appointments

If you would like to make an appointment for a treatment with Graham, you can book online. Alternatively, you can call the Putney Clinic reception team on 020 8789 3881.

BOOK ONLINEAppointments available for 45 and 60 minutes
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266 Upper Richmond Road,
London  SW15 6TQ.

Tel: 020 8789 3881

The Putney Clinic is a trading name of The Putney Clinic of Physical Therapy Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Company Number 06526680.