Shiatsu is a complementary therapy so can work very well alongside western medicine offering patients, carers and staff holistic, compassionate, hands-on care.

Shiatsu practitioners usually train for a minimum of 3 years in the UK, not just practical work, but also in anatomy, physiology and pathology.

NHS settings where Shiatsu has been used:


Many Shiatsu practitioners do volunteer work across the UK in places such as Macmillan hospices and drug & alcohol abuse centres.

We are all well aware that the NHS is stretched. Shiatsu can provide an the important 1-2-1 support that people often need but the NHS just do not have the time to give always. It is fantastic to see that the NHS are introducing more wellbeing such as mindfulness, yoga and meditation. Shiatsu is recognised as being good for general wellbeing and can provide that crucial care link to improve wellbeing, sustain wellbeing, and give support.

Research – Delivering Shiatsu in a Primary Care Setting

Shiatsu was offered in a GP practice in Sheffield by Shiatsu practitioner Zoe Pirie.

“Findings: GPs welcomed having more options of care, especially for patients with complex, chronic symptoms, and patients appreciated the increased time and holistic, patient-centred approach during shiatsu consultations. Participants claimed the clinic increased equality of access to complementary medicine, improved perceptions of the general practice, reduced consultation and prescription rates, enhanced GP-patient relationships and the working practices of the GPs and shiatsu practitioner.”