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67 Fore Street
01364 652105 / 07974 835082
Shiatsu is a clothed acupressure massage working with Ki, life force energy, in the body. Shiatsu relieves stress and anxiety, grounds our emotions, eases pain and discomfort and gives clarity to our thoughts. It clears blockages and re-balances the body. It can put you in touch with yourself. Shiatsu will help support you in your everyday life. It can aid managing long term health problems and contentment; or acute pain and illness. Shiatsu is also wonderful as a complete relaxation treat. You don’t need to be ill to choose shiatsu!
Benefits of shiatsu
- It relaxes mind & body
- It restores & balances energy
- It eases tension & stiffness
- It helps posture
- It promotes motivation and promotes sleep patterns
- It is compatible with other medical treatments
Shiatsu – Healing body work
Shiatsu comes from Oriental medicine; it seeks to balance the body’s energy using fingers, palms and elbows to contact acupressure points and meridians. It is based on the same theory as acupuncture but using hands, not needles, on the clothed body. Shiatsu is gentle to receive and may make you feel invigorated yet deeply relaxed. Treatments are tailored to your individual needs. Shiatsu works on emotional and mental difficulties as well as the physical body. If you have been feeling down, stressed, anxious or have soreness anywhere shiatsu can help you.
We all hold on to stress and anxiety in different ways. With some it is held in the neck and shoulders, when tired it can move down into the lower back. You may hold tension more in one shoulder which raises one hip causing imbalance throughout the whole body. Aches and pains affect our mobility, our sleep, our vitality. With some people anxiety goes straight to the stomach affecting our digestion or causing IBS, with others it rises to the head causing headaches and migraines.
Emotional difficulties such as grief and loss; affect us in different ways. This may affect our breathing making us feel short of breath, or increase our blood pressure or make us feel our heart is racing. Our thoughts may churn round and round making one feel restless and causing insomnia. When we feel vulnerable not only do we feel unable to emotionally protect ourselves, our physical protection, our immune system, can be weakened making us more susceptible to illness.
Shiatsu supports us in letting go in the mind and in the heart and in the body. It helps us process our emotions and feel supported. This may allow our shoulders to relax; our back feel supported lengthening our spine, our breath to deepen and our digestive system to settle. As all the tension is released from our bodies and minds over time all physical symptoms associated with these held tensions will heal. Shiatsu can also reduce discomfort from joint pain or arthritis. Our body vitality will be increased, our immune system strengthened. Regular shiatsu can then help support us manage the inevitable stress of our everyday lives preventing the re-occurrence of the physical symptoms, the aches and pains, which had become a part of our everyday lives.
Shiatsu gives clarity to our thoughts and helps with motivation and decision making. It is fantastic at particularly stressful times like GCSE or A-level exams, or job interviews and presentations.
Shiatsu is also fantastic to receive during pregnancy or during the menopause when so many physical and emotional changes are happening. Shiatsu is safe during all three trimesters and as well as grounding our emotions it can really help with physical discomfort and can reduce morning sickness.
'My wife Lyn and I first started going to Shiatsu Massage with Sue Cooper about a year ago, after Lyn had attended a "taster" session. She was so impressed with the treatment that she made an appointment for both of us.
I was typically cynical about the potential benefits of the treatment, but at my first appointment I explained to Sue that I was troubled by a stiffness in my neck, caused by a rugby injury years before. This made me hold my head at an angle.
After that very first visit, I was able to move my head normally and was visibly standing straighter. Since then, I have visited Sue on a monthly basis, with a variety of aches and pains and she has provided great relief from the symptoms.
I genuinely feel a benefit in receiving Shiatsu Massage on a regular basis and recommend Sue Cooper as a qualified practitioner.'
John and Lyn Sinnet
'Shiatsu has helped me physically, mentally and emotionally through many hard times, it is gentle and deeply relaxing and Sue has that knack of finding those tender spots and releasing the energy to help you feel good. Thank you Sue you’re a gem.'
'I met Sue by chance at the Chudfest Summer Fair and she gave me a taster session of the Shiatsu massage. I have not looked back since then! Sue is very calm and easy to chat to. The treatment is done at whatever pressure feels right for you. You wear loose fitting clothing for the massage which lasts for an hour and Sue will focus on whatever area is troubling you at the time.'
'I would thoroughly recommend a session, even if it is only a taster, with her. After all you will have very little to lose and maybe, an enormous amount to gain.'
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated from the Devon school of shiatsu with a Diploma in Shiatsu in 2008.
Since then I have had my practices in Chudleigh and Ashburton.
I also give shiatsu in the workplace for companies based within a 15 mile radius of Ashburton.
Other available therapies
Indian Head Massage
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£40 initial consultation
£35 for hour treatment
£15 1/2 hour treatments available
I also treat at:
67 Fore Street
Maps & Directions
9.00 - 3.00 and 5.30 - 8.30