Donna Pinker MRSS
Active 8 Fitness Studio Therapy Room
13-21 North View
Bradley Stoke Physio Clinic
Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre
Fiddlers Wood Lane
01454 852719 / 07968 158 918
Shiatsu is a physical therapy that works on the whole person - not just the physical body, but also the psychological, emotional and spiritual being. The philosophy underlying Shiatsu is that energy flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians. Blockages and stagnation can occur in the meridians causing varied health and psychological issues which when released allows for a freer flow of energy throughout the system.
The session commences with an initial conversation followed by some physical treatment performed on a futon mat. Loose flexible clothing is recommended as some stretching and body manipulation is involved in the session. Shiatsu uses touch, pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.
Shiatsu has some features in common with European-style massage and other forms of bodywork in that the use of physical pressure and stretches serves to reduce muscular tension and loosen stiff joints. However, unlike massage, the receiver remains clothed during the treatment and the principal aim of Shiatsu is not to work on localised muscles and joints, but on the overall energy system of the client. This is the big difference between Shiatsu and other physical therapies. A Shiatsu practitioner working on a shoulder joint, for example, will not just be focusing on the joint but on the pattern of energy throughout the client’s body.
Training, qualifications & experience
Donna studied Shiatsu on the three year diploma course at the Bristol School of Shiatsu. This contained various diagnostic tools, Chinese Medicine theory, Zen Shiatsu Theory, Transformational Shiatsu, Meridians, Accu points, Physiology, Anatomy and Pathology.
She is also a qualified Qi Gong teacher and runs several classes across the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area. She is affiliated with the Lotus Nei Gong School of Daoist Arts.
Her Daoist studies include Taiqi Quan, Shaolin, Bagua, Nei Gong, Daoist Alchemy, Chinese Medicine, Chinese Face Reading, Yi Jing and Meditation.
She also has a BA(hons) degree in Philosophy.
Donna is a fully registered and insured member of the Shiatsu Society (MRSS).
1 hour session is £42
1/2 hour session is £25
Please wear loose flexible clothing.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Maps & Directions
Monday, Wednesday & Friday at Bradley Stoke Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday & Sunday at Westbury Park