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What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a form of natural healing based on principles similar to those of Acupuncture, where pressure is used instead of needles to act on pressure points and meridians.

It combines manipulative techniques, including stretching, rocking and holding, with pressure which may be applied using thumbs, fingers, palms, forearms, elbows, feet and knees.

Shiatsu aims to promote the free flow of energy within the body by encouraging balance and healing on a physical and emotional level. It is a holistic therapy, working to stimulate harmony in body, mind and spirit.

How could you benefit?

Shiatsu can help you to adopt a relaxed, healthier and more balanced approach to life. It can also improve a variety of symptoms related to problems with muscles and body structures, such as back pain, joints and posture. You will feel physically more mobile, more energised, more balanced and more able to cope with things in everyday life.


What to expect

Treatments last approximately one hour.

  • Treatments are fully clothed and are best carried out through loose, warm and comfortable clothing.
  • Shiatsu is usually done on a soft futon on the floor.
  • Shiatsu treatments are deeply relaxing and promote your body’s own self-healing processes.
  • Where appropriate, you may be given advice on exercises, diet and how to reduce stress in your life. These will add to the effects of the treatment and enable you to play a part in your own healing.


Diego Robirosa qualified as a Shiatsu Practitioner in 2007 and is a member of The Shiatsu Society.  He works in London at Whipps Cross Hospital giving Shiatsu to people with cancer, palliative care and end of life. He also runs clinics in Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury.

Diego teaches Tai Chi and Qigong in Sudbury and runs regular workshops in Ipswich for people suffering with MS and in Cambridge for people recovering from cancer treatment.

He is a firm believer in Eastern disciplines and  works helping people to become more aware of their energy (Chi) as a path towards a healthier and more enjoyable life.