'Touch comes before sight, before speech. It's the first language and the last, it always tells the truth' Margaret Atwood
Dear Wayfarer of life,
If you have found your way to this page you may find yourself caught up in the whirl-wind of worldly living, feeling emotionally full - perhaps even stuck, struggling to gain a greater sense of perspective of where you are at or maybe you’re tired and need to rest. If those words land with you, you are in the right place.
I am Nicole and I offer Shiatsu Journeys - one to one sessions that support you to:
With bodywork I help people ground and release their stress to help them remember who they truly are, beneath and before the holding. I gently support individuals to reconnect with a deeper current within: their enriching sense of purpose and a warm kindness towards themselves, as well as the world.
I hope you find what you need on these pages. If you have more questions I encourage you to get in touch for a friendly chat.
Your local Way-finder
What is Traditional Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a healing art born from a tradition of Japanese massage called Anma. Shiatsu simply means ‘finger pressure’. In Shiatsu we stimulate acupressure points working rhythmically along the body following select meridian lines which are mapped by Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). The same system used in Acupuncture. Through the energetics of touch we assess the elemental imbalance which has associations on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels, then treat that element to restore harmony.
What does Shiatsu do?
In Shiatsu we apply therapeutic pressure to key points on the body to release tension and boost wellbeing by stimulating the circulatory, hormonal and lymphatic systems. Shiatsu also helps to regulate the automatic nervous system, to induce states of deep rest and restoration. Shiatsu can also support you to process your experiences on a mental and emotional level. Simply put treatments:
* Release and relieve physical tension
* Reduces stress and anxiety
* Relaxes you and induces deep states of restoration
The traditional Shiatsu format is a gateway for the journey experience, so you receive the benefits of a Shiatsu treatment.
What is a Shiatsu Journey?
Through the magic of somatic empathy and subtle energy work, Shiatsu is a gateway to our inner realms and internal landscapes. The focus of a Shiatsu Journey is to put you in touch with the deeper aspects of your being and your journey now, enabling you to become aware of the archetypal currents in life that you maybe working with as well as the immediate challenges at hand which may not be immediately obvious.
I am a friend who can shine a light on something you might not have noticed in the mist of life. You maybe fully aware of whats going on for you but we can all need a gentle nudge to acknowledge the impact of hardships or our triggers to go a little easier on ourselves.
When I place my hands on you, it's like a whole world opens up and a landscape unfolds before my eyes. I travel to your world, journey with you as I work with healing shiatsu touch and tell you what I saw at the close of the session. I am a compassionate witness and well traveled guide. My job is deep attentive listening via intuitive touch, as our means of communication.
I pick up information on your emotional tone, receive mental impressions, often through a felt knowing or images and metaphors. I can provide that birds eye view on your experience at times when you can't see the woods for the trees. For many that witnessing can bring a deeper clarity and understanding, as well as self compassion.
I stay open to the level we are required to work on beyond the physical, be that mental, emotional or spiritual. With this I am guided by your highest good which I intuit, so each session is different in terms of where we journey. By the end of the session, I usually have a good sense of what will be supportive for your wellbeing at this time and can provide guidance. The reflective journey experience often brings solace and the shiatsu treatment brings healing. Sometimes I am a messenger for your soul, other times acting as a friend softly asking you to be more gentle with yourself.
Who likes Shiatsu Journeys?
What can I expect?
When you arrive you can expect a warm and friendly welcome to the notably peaceful Shiatsu Centre. Shiatsu sessions are full body treatments which you have fully clothed whilst laying on a futon. Before the session we have a brief chat where you can let me know how you are and if you have a focus for that day to work on physically etc. The session is then 45 mins with a rest period after. I then bring you a warm drink at the end of the session to help complete your journey. You are welcome to ask any questions or request my reflections if you would find that helpful.
What my clients have to say...
"Prior to visiting Nicole I had never previously had a shiatsu treatment, I was very unsure whether or not this was for me? Session one and my reservations were put to one side. As someone who cannot sit still or rest for more than 5 minutes at a time, seeing Nicole allowed me that opportunity of being in a safe, mindful space and I could not recommend her highly enough. Always felt so much more positive and in a better place after seeing Nicole. I love the treatments" David Smith
" Nicole is a highly skilled Shiatsu practitioner who uses these skills alongside her highly tuned intuitive skills to devise and deliver effective treatment. She's been key support to enable me to manage a long-term health issue positively and proactively. I'd have no hesitation in recommending her for an holistic approach to wellbeing" Hazel Enright
"Having had regular shiatsu treatments with Nicole I can highly recommend her as a practitioner. Nicole works very intuitively, and she always seems to get it just right. I always come away from a shiatsu session with a wonderful sense of peace and feel so relaxed in both body and mind, Thank you" Louise Smith
"I was amazed at how powerful and engaging the process felt form the very first session. Shiatsu has become a tool I access when I feel like I need to relax and regain or maintain a sense of grounding. It has been particularly invaluable during times of stress, personal change or growth (including pregnancy) and disconnect. I would strongly encourage you to try it and I would highly recommend Nicole" Louisa Muspratt
"I can feel this sense of realignment and reconnecting with parts of myself, physically and emotionally. I am in a space that gives time for me to reground and allow space for kindness" Anna Grubb
"Nicole’s treatments put me in touch with my own process and connects me to those different layers within me – from the emotional to the spiritual. There is a level of relaxation that is deep and harmonising" Magda Smereka
"There was always this intangible sense of connection during a treatment to something wider than any of us could possibly be as an individual…there would be a movement of energy and clarity, like clearing dust" Debbie Wright.
"After a treatment with Nicole I would feel a sense of rebalancing. Before I felt blocked, but after, I found the emotional links to my problems easier to see. I felt both able to perceive the issues I was facing and able to process them after a session" Natalie Bayes
"I saw Nicole for shiatsu at a point in my life when I was experiencing severe stress, anxiety and I felt very lost. I would arrive at every session anxious and filled with adrenaline, but always left feeling gently grounded, embodied and back in touch with my true self. The sessions really helped with my insomnia and muscle pain too" Erika Chalkley
"I went to see Nicole for Shiatsu treatments after a friend recommended her. I had no idea what to expect and was pleasantly surprised at how quickly my body relaxed, and my mind too. It definitely helped with my anxiety and sleep problems. Nicole was definitely the right practitioner for me. I would highly recommend it to anyone" Lucy Milroy
"I do feel so much better after a Shiatsu massage, relaxed, I sleep so much better, and pain is reduced. A Shiatsu session with Nicole is a very pleasant experience - if I could have a Shiatsu everyday I would! I have really love my sessions" Sandy Guy
I would love to hear from you. Then simply get in touch to ask more or feel free to text me to arrange a free 15 minute consultation on 07746 892693. Visit my contact page to find out about session fees and availability.