Category Archives: alternative health

Autumn & Shiatsu, Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

Summer seemed to end early & suddenly this year but it feels like Autumn has just arrived in full flow. The leaves are beautiful & scattered on the ground, the apples nestled amongst them, the sun is showing its face, creating a glow across the landscape.  This is Earth energy in full flow.  

Shiatsu uses Traditional Chinese Medicine & the 5 Elements as part of the diagnosis process. Within the 5 Elements the Earth element relates to this time of year. It is an element of abundance, of eating sweetly & well. It relates to study & learning of new things.  It also realtes to how we see ourselves, our self-image & confidence. 

This is a time of year when we should be eating the naturally sweet things that are in season, pumpkins, squash, apples. If this element is out of balance there may be a craving for sweet things. It is good to eat these natural sweet fruit & vegetables rather than going for the full on sugar rush. 

Also if you feel fuzzy headed, if you struggle to contain information, or to have clarity of thought this is a also a sign that this element maybe out of balance. Taking time out to rest & recouperate can help. Some pamper time or some ‘me’ time is probably needed. Definitely stay off the foods & drinks that contain stimulants, sugar, caffeine, alcohol. 

Often the example of an imbalance in this Element is when someone cares for others, either as their job or in their home life, or both. They find they have little or no time to themselves & struggle to know how to care for themselves in the small amount of time they do have.  This is a point when you may have to say you can’t do it on your own & you need some help. Have a supportive, relaxing & energising Shiatsu massage,  or any massage, any hands-on therapy, just get someone to look after you for a moment or two. 

This time of year what should we be doing?

  • Stocking up ready for the Winter – warming sweet soups & baked sweet vegetable & fruit
  • Taking some time for ‘me’
  • Starting a new study or interest – or-
  • Taking some time away from the books if our heads are fuzzy
  • Snuggle up with a good book, a pair of slippers & a cuddly throw, shut the world out for a bit & enjoy peace & quiet



Shiatsu massage, Exeter & Dawlish, Devon

I love giving Shiatsu tasters & yesterday I was at an event in lovely Exmouth, offering Shiatsu massage at a health & happiness event.

Some people haven’t heard of Shiatsu, so it’s good to spread the word & promote this form of hands on therapy. 

Also I had the opportunity to treat other practitioners  It’s often hard to arrange support for yourself as a practioner, so these events are a good chance to get some treatment from fellow therapists.

I treated people who had, had Shiatsu before & know the benefits of this type of massage therapy. 

It was a happy event, focused at the whole family, so there were fun events to get involved in & a merry atmosphere. This boost is good for us practitioners, that are generally sole traders & work a lot on our own. It’s helpful to chat to other practitioners & also to visitors to these events, it provides ideas & energy to help move your own practice along.

I am energised & ready for this week’s Shiatsu’s. I’m in Exeter tomorrow & Dawlish on Wednesday. 

If you have a query about Shiatsu do get in touch – through the ‘contact me’ page or call 07791 070837.

Cosy Shiatsu, Exeter, Devon

Well today has been pretty miserable, cold & mostly wet. I’ve had a lovely day giving toasty, warm Shiatsu massages in my practice room in Exeter.

Shiatsu can be great at getting the body going, whether it’s poor circulation, or remedying inertia, or rehabilitation after an injury or accident, or moving on from emotional distress. 

Today my clients were warmed & ready to face whatever this very inconsistent Autumn is going to throw at us! 

Shiatsu for Stress, Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

Stress can dramatically affect people’s lives & it is a hard thing to manage on your own. Shiatsu is a supportive form of hands-on therapy that may help with stress, anxiety & other emotional distress. 

At the beginning of a Shiatsu treatment there is a quick consultation, then as much hands-on treatment as time allows. There is little or no discussion whilst the treatment takes place, giving the client a chance to listen to their body, to feel where & how the stress is affecting them. As Shiatsu provides a safe & secure space, feelings, emotions, distress can be released, generally with a sense of relief or of positive release. 

Our bodies hold a physical imprint of the stresses & strains we experience in life, sometimes it is important to talk through these issues, sometimes it is helpful to just feel them & sometimes using a talking therapy alongside a hands-on therapy can be helpful. Shiatsu can involve a level of conversation if the client requests it, I have had clients who have found greater release in discussing what they are experiencing as the massage goes along.

I have experienced clients build a sense of control & confidence after a few Shiatsu treatments. Instead of feeling that they are at the mercy of their condition or situation they feel they are taking action to make changes. Shiatsu is such a supportive therapy, they can build their confidence up knowing they have a space which is confidential & constructive. 

Shiatsu works to balance the energies in the body. As these energies come into balance there can be a greater sense of flow & movement in the body, mind & emotions. Clients have commented that they felt energized & revitalized after a Shiatsu massage. This new found energy, alongside a safe space, can allow people to feel confident enough to start making changes, break patterns & learn new ways to support themselves. 

If you are interested in discussing if Shiatsu may of help to you then do get in touch, details on the ‘contact me’ page. I’m always happy to talk Shiatsu. I work in Exeter & Dawlish, in Devon. 

Shiatsu Event this Sunday, Exmouth, Devon

I’m going to be at this great community event in Exmouth on Sunday. I’ll be giving Shiatsu tasters but there’s going to loads to do – all focused on supporting the town to be healthy & happy. There are workshops for adults & kids & loads of things to see & try out.

It’s only a short trip from Exeter on the train & a beautiful journey down the estuary. A relaxing way to travel to an event that will hopefully leave you feeling chilled out & happy. 

More information on the event here

Spread the word & see you there 


Shiatsu on a Tuesday Anyone? Exeter, Devon 

Well my official start offering Shiatsu massage on a Tuesday hasn’t started off so well – I’ve had a cancellation this week, my first Tuesday appointment! On a more positive note I am now able to offer two appointments on a Tuesday, with the aim of building up to a full day of appointments. So I have two spaces this week if anyone fancies a Shiatsu with me! 

I feel positive about working more days & I’m sure I will begin to book up. It is a strange thing, starting a new business or expanding a business. I remember, when I first started, sitting wondering where my clients would come from. They did come, from various different forms of promotion, & so I feel a little more confident this time! 

You don’t get anywhere not doing anything though do you, it’s better to act than not, so here’s to new ventures & adventures. 

I love Shiatsu, & yes I’m looking to make a living from it, but my primary motivation when looking for new clients isn’t to get money it is to help support them with Shiatsu. It is a form of therapy that is suitable for all & can really help with a whole load of complaints, concerns or issues.  It is so versatile, supporting on a physical, mental, emotional & mental level. I want to help support people using Shiatsu, I can see that Shiatsu may well help them & I would like them to try it! 

There isn’t really a culture in this country of looking after ourselves. Often we don’t have the money to spare to have hands-on therapies. Sometimes there isn’t the confidence that complementary medicine may help.  I have met a number of clients who have recognised the importance of hands-on therapy, often they are older, & Shiatsu has helped them keep fit & well, or manage chronic pain.  It doesn’t have to be Shiatsu, some people instantly fall in love with this form of therapy & others can take it or leave it. Different people enjoy & benefit from different therapies, it’s good to find one that suits & use it support yourself. 

Hopefully, in a few weeks time, I will be blogging about lots of new Shiatsu massage clients who come & see me on a Tuesday, to support themselves in their lives , who love Shiatsu & who benefit from it.

In the meantime if there’s something you are umming & ahhing about why don’t you go ahead & put yourself out there, what’s the worst that could happen? I’m not trying to be clever or preachy, or patronising, I have been so reticent about promoting myself so I’m just trying to support others. Someone said something similar to me, & it really helped. 

Autumn Equinox & Shiatsu, Exeter & Dawlish, Devon 

Happy Autumn Equinox to you all! 

I find that these markers in the year a good opportunity to take some time out, to take stock of where I find myself, to evaluate my priorities & to decide my focus for the coming months. 

This is an interesting Equinox as it is the start of the days becoming shorter than the nights, the start of the darker part of the year. This could feel depressing & something not to look forward to. We are however in a part of the year that governs personal focus, organisation, drive & directness. This type of energy is around for this Equinox, & feels particularly strong this year. If we can harness this energy & be clear about our intentions & what we want to acheive we may find that we go into Winter with a more positive mindset. 

This time of year is also about harvest & storing for the colder months. This is a chance to nurture ourselves with sweet fruit & vegetables, all the squashes & apples are ready now. Beautiful slow baked butternut squash soup or a warm bowl of stewed blackberries & apples. 

So maybe a bit of nurturing, enjoying the fruits of the harvest & a bit of intention making for the next few months is in order for us all.

If you feel It is hard to focus or find a sense of direction then you can always try a Shiatsu, similarly if you are dreading the darker months & need a mood-boost. I am always happy to talk Shiatsu so do get in touch through the ‘contact me’ page. I work in Exeter & Dawlish, in beautiful Devon 

Shiatsu Shed Update – Exeter, Devon 

A couple of months ago we had a beautiful solid wood cabin put up in our garden. One of the reasons for the shed is to provide a space for me to give Shiatsu massage. It is such a lovely, natural space, with the wood natural holding the sun’s warmth & providing a cosy & comfy environment.

It has taken us a while to get all the jobs done, to get the shed Shiatsu ready. The end is in sight now – the electrics are in the carpet is chosen & the insulation & outside path are in progress. 

I spent some time sitting in the space, I loved the peacefulness & sense of calm I experienced. I can’t wait to offer Shiatsu massage in it. I will be offering appointments every Tuesday afternoon, Friday morning & every other Wednesday.