Kirsty Hurd-Thomas

Kirsty Hurd-Thomas

Exeter Natural Health Centre
Queens Walk
83/84 Queen Street


01803 862808 / 07930 404124

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Exeter Natural Health Centre
Queens Walk
83/84 Queen Street


01803 862808 / 07930 404124

About me

Shiatsu is a hands on treatment which works on physical, mental and energetic levels. If you are ill, stiff or stuck parts of your body can feel disconnected, bringing you pain or emotional discomfort.
Shiatsu works with the whole body, not just the area of discomfort, helping you to change patterns and supporting the body's self-healing process.

I use gentle stretches and palm/ finger pressure to bring the body to a place where it can transform.

I have a background in drama, and movement work and have been fascinated with exploring the body all my life. This gives me the ability to give (in the words of one client) "deeply embodied treatments, leaving my body feeling deeply met."

More client responses:
"Kirsty offers deep presence in bodywork and a safe, heartful space."

"Kirsty works with skill, integrity and alot of heart...I thoroughly recommend her treatments."

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the Devon school of shiatsu, and am a Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society (MRSS).

Member organisations

Shiatsu Society

Therapies offered

Other available therapies

Shiatsu can be used to support you in many ways during the birthing journey.

During Pregnancy
Shiatsu during pregnancy can be very nourishing and relaxing,allowing you space to process the many changes that are happening in your body at this special time.It can also help you forge a stronger connection between you and your baby, and address both physical and emotional issues which may arise during pregnancy.I have a special body cushion for use during pregnancy, with a hole for your bump, allowing you to lie on your front, relax and really get the most from your treatment.

I can offer one or two sessions for you and your birthing partner when you get close to your due date. In this session I will show you points and techniques that can be used during labour to relieve pain and to assist natural childbirth.

Post Natal Care
This is a crucial time for mothers to regain their strength after childbirth, and a vital time to receive treatment. Shiatsu at this time can help prevent long term depletion of your bodies resources, and also helps your body to integrate changes, and keep up with the new demands that are being made of you. It can also address any physical or emotional problems which may arise at this time. I thoroughly recommend regular treatment as early as possible after giving birth, I find that this can help the balance of giving tip back just enough into the mothers favour. If you do nothing else for yourself during your pregnancy and birthing GIVE YOURSELF THIS GIFT IT WILL SERVE YOU FOR YOUR WHOLE LIFE.

Sometimes the birthing journey doesn't go the way we hoped it would. Shiatsu can be an invaluable physical and emotional support at these times, helping your body to recover from and come to terms with termination, miscarriage, or baby loss. And giving you much needed support and nourishment.


£40 for a one and a quarter hour session, or £20 for a half an hour taster session.
If you book six sessions at one time pay £210 giving you a saving of £30

Further information

What happens in a Shiatsu session?

A session usually begins with a discussion about your health. Normally this would include any specific problems you have, and a discussion of your work, family, eating and exercise patterns. On your first visit this may take up a substantial part of the time. On subsequent visits the discussion is usually much shorter and focused on any changes that have taken place.

This is followed by the Shiatsu treatment which usually lasts about 45 minutes. At the end there will be a little time to let the effects begin to settle in and to talk about the treatment.

What does it feel like?

The touch, or pressure used is usually pleasurable and comforting. Sometimes it is necessary to work more deeply and this can be uncomfortable, but this is usually only a small part of the overall treatment.

Are there any times when Shiatsu should be avoided?

Shiatsu is a very safe therapy, but it should be avoided if you:

  • have an infectious disease
  • are suffering from any acute, feverish illness
  • have internal bleeding or blood clots
  • have had a major operation during the last 3 months

You should inform your practitioner of any condition that has been diagnosed by a doctor.

How many sessions will be needed?

Many people have regular Shiatsu to maintain their health. However if you have a specific problem you want help with, I will usually suggest that you come for a number of sessions before we review your progress.

What should I wear?

You remain fully clothed. You should wear loose fitting clothing, preferably with long sleeves. It is good to have a sweat-shirt or similar, for warmth, (body-temperature often drops a little during the treatment).Please avoid wearing a skirt or jeans.  Leave some time between eating and having a Shiatsu treatment.

How will I feel after a treatment?

Many people find it leaves them feeling deeply relaxed, with a feeling of well-being and calmness. It can also leave you feeling intensely alive and energised. Sometimes emotional feelings surface, either during or after a treatment. This is perfectly normal and you should try to give yourself the time and space to allow them rather than suppressing them.

After shiatsu your body will be moving into a new state of equilibrium. This is usually a pleasant process but, in rare situations, may cause tempoary disturbance before the body settles into it's new state of balance.

Important information

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

Exeter, EX4 3RP
Totnes, TQ9

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I usually work weekdays 9.30-2.30. I have limited weekend or early evening appointments for those who cannot make these times.

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