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Top 20 Shiatsu venues

Here is our pick for the top venues offering Shiatsu from around Australia.

  1. Anmo Massage Therapy
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    Anmo Massage Therapy

    127 High Street, Kew 3101
    Anmo Massage specialises in sports massage, pregnancy massage, pre-event massage, injury rehabilitation, and Chinese medicine acupuncture.
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  2. Anasa Healing
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    Anasa Healing

    219 Magill Road, Maylands 5069
    Anasa Healing is a beautiful haven of calmness and healing. It combines acupressure, Swedish massage, remedial massage, reflexology and relaxation techniques.
    (19)
  3. Lowood Natural Therapies
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    Lowood Natural Therapies

    81 Main Street, Lowood 4311
    Lowood Natural Therapies offers affordable remedial, relaxation or hot stone massage to soothe your aches and pains. Re-balance your body and mind with Reiki.
    (31)
  4. Xallini Day Spa
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    Xallini Day Spa

    402 Hampton St, Hampton 3188
    Step into a spa oasis with Xallini Day Spa invite. Indulge in luxurious hair, beauty and massage treatments including remedial, deep tissue and aromatherapy.
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  5. Bill Horton's Healing Massage and Homeopathy
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    Bill Horton's Healing Massage and Homeopathy

    37 Coral Fern Drive, Cooroibah 4565
    Bill Horton's Healing Massage and Homeopathy is a truly gifted healer. Bill's services include Sports, Remedial, Hot Stone Massage, Reflexology, and Shiatsu.
    (6)
  6. Orchard Road Nail & Beauty
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    Orchard Road Nail & Beauty

    231 Lygon Street, Carlton 3053
    Discover the beautiful modern salon at Orchard Road Nail & Beauty. The expert staff are committed to providing premium service in a calming, tranquil space.
    (72)
  7. Spring Beauty & Therapy
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    Spring Beauty & Therapy

    20-22 McKillop Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Relax with a massage treatment with Spring Beauty & Therapy. Choose from acupressure, deep tissue oil, or Chinese traditional medical therapy or reflexology.
    (10)
  8. Green Palm Massage - Victoria Gardens
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    Green Palm Massage - Victoria Gardens

    Shop 12 / 620 Victoria Street (Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre), Richmond 3121
    (5)
  9. Le Beau Monde
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    Le Beau Monde

    1/60 Hardware Ln, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Le Beau Monde offers a tranquil and relaxing environment by incorporating smooth jazz or classical music into massages, waxes, eyebrow art, facials and more.
    (19)
  10. Eastern Therapies Clinic - Bondi
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    Eastern Therapies Clinic - Bondi

    4/106 Ebley St, Bondi Junction 2022
    Eastern Therapies Clinic Bondi is a premier health oasis that specialises in merging ancient Chinese medicine with acupuncture to support overall wellbeing.
  11. The Grand Massage - Richmond
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    The Grand Massage - Richmond

    G/F 243 Swan Street , Richmond 3121
    The Grand Massage provides a range of therapeutic and relaxation massage treatments. Services include Deep Tissue, Full Body Oil, Traditional Thai, and Shiatsu.
  12. Medica Complete Health
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    Medica Complete Health

    212 Lygon Street, Brunswick East 3057
    Medica Complete Health, owner Spiros has trained in multiple disciplines, including Chinese medicine, therapeutic massage, craniosacral therapy, and myotherapy.
  13. The Grand Massage - Hawthorn
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    The Grand Massage - Hawthorn

    618 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn 3122
    The Grand Massage provides a range of therapeutic and relaxation massages. Services include Deep Tissue, Full Body Oil, Remedial, Traditional Thai massage.
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  14. TM Health and Beauty
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    TM Health and Beauty

    7/112 Main Road East, St Albans 3021
    TM Health and Beauty is a modern alternative and remedial therapies centre offering massage and related services to facilitate wellness in St Albans.
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  15. Freedom Chinese Medicine
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    Freedom Chinese Medicine

    261 Waterdale Road, Ivanhoe 3079
    Freedom Chinese Medicine is a traditional Chinese medical clinic in Ivanhoe offering a variety of natural health services.
  16. Natural Health Care
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    Natural Health Care

    4 4 Lennard Street, Marmion 6020
    Natural Health Care offer alternative and massage therapies to make you feel amazing. Choose from naturopathy, Chinese medicine, acupressure, or counseling.
  17. Active Healing
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    Active Healing

    26 Hull Road, Mount Martha 3934
    Active Healing is a truly healing place, using techniques such as craniosacral therapy, ear candling, Chinese medicine, cupping and trigger point therapy.
    (2)
  18. Izumi Japanese Massage
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    Izumi Japanese Massage

    Level 1, 115-117 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne CBD 3000
    Izumi Japanese Massage invites you to relax your senses and nurture your soul. Indulge in an aromatherapy or remedial massage, or a traditional Thai massage.
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  19. AA Telek Massage Clinic - Rockingham
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    AA Telek Massage Clinic - Rockingham

    95 Woodbridge Drive, Cooloongup 6168
    For a rockstar massage, look no further than AA Telek Massage Clinic. Heal your ailments with remedial massage, or relax with a therapeutic massage. You can also book for a loved one for a gift for birthdays, Christmas or special occasions.
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  20. Sydney City Thai Massage and Spa
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    Sydney City Thai Massage and Spa

    737-739 George Street Level 1, Haymarket 2000
    The Sydney Thai Massage & Spa is a heavenly place. Try a traditional Thai massage, aromatherapy massage, or detoxing facial for the ultimate in relaxation.
    (2)
Average rating of venues offering Shiatsu across Australia
4.6 · based on 229 reviews of 58 venues

Shiatsu

Shiatsu is one of the most popular alternative treatments and is used for maintaining good health as well as treating certain conditions. Along with herbalism and acupuncture, Shiatsu was an integral part of Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

In the 6th century, Shiatsu found its way to Japan via a Buddhist monk, and it was here that the therapy was fully developed. Like traditional Chinese medicine, it is based on the movement of energy through the body.

This energy - known as ki in Japanese and chi or qi in Chinese - travels through defined pathways known as meridians. When these pathways are blocked, and the energy can't flow, the body develops health problems.

Healing Therapy

In the early 20th century Tamai Tempaku incorporated the Western sciences of anatomy and physiology into Shiatsu, believing it would give it greater recognition as a healing therapy. It was officially recognised as such by the Japanese Government in 1964.

Whilst Shiatsu is a hands-on therapy it is different to traditional massage. The word itself means 'finger pressure' but practitioners also use their palms, thumbs, elbows and even their feet. This pressure will be combined with stretches, structural alignments, muscle release techniques and the gentle rotation of joints and limbs.

Like a massage, Shiatsu can also help relieve stress and nervous tension, increase the flow of blood and lymphatic fluid, boost hormone production and expel toxins.

Joint and Muscle Pain

Shiatsu can be used to treat or prevent a very wide range of conditions, including joint and muscle pain, headaches, sports injuries, arthritis, allergies, asthma, RSI, insomnia and much more. You could say it's a bit of a miracle cure.

As you might expect there are several different styles of Shiatsu, with even more still evolving. Some practitioners like to include more bodywork whilst others concentrate on acupressure. A popular style here in Australia is Zen Shiatsu.

This style of Shiatsu puts greater importance on balancing energy flow. In much the same way as Zen Buddhism, it is all about maintaining our connection with the qi. Regular Zen Shiatsu sessions can help us better manage stress, thus improving our overall health.

Emotional and Physical

Interestingly, a Shiatsu session can leave you invigorated or calm depending on your reason for being there. It can also provide relief on several different levels, including emotional, internal and musculoskeletal.

Shiatsu therapists are trained to recognise when something is out of sync. Even before physical conditions manifest themselves they will be able to diagnose an imbalance in your energy flow.

Sessions usually last for about an hour and can take place on a massage table, a futon on the floor or a chair. You remain fully clothed and should wear loose comfortable clothing.

Treatment always starts in the same way, with the practitioner analysing your current state. Treatment cannot proceed until your energy flow is assessed.

Shiatsu and Pregnancy

Much research has been done on this amazing therapy, the most recent being on the benefits of Shiatsu for cancer sufferers. It is generally agreed that regular Shiatsu sessions can help by improving overall well-being, reducing stress and depression and increasing appetite.

Shiatsu is also very beneficial during pregnancy. It can help with lower back pain, heartburn, constipation, bloating and sometimes even morning sickness. As it involves stretching and bodywork, many women have reported that it made childbirth itself easier.

Many women choose Shiatsu because it helps them feel more connected to their unborn child and develops confidence. In Japan, many midwives study Shiatsu so that they can better help the mothers through the birthing process.

With virtually no side effects, except perhaps some minor muscle soreness or a temporary headache, Shiatsu is safe, effective and suitable for everyone. No wonder so many people are using Bookwell to find Shiatsu practitioners in their locality.