Shiatsu & Craniosacral treatments

Sessions are tailored to suit the individual. By working with the whole person, treatment aims to strengthen the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself, as well as offering assistance to emotional and spiritual aspects of being. From injuries to more general health issues support is offered to promote optimum health and performance. Rachel is well grounded in oriental medicine and anatomy and physiology as well as Shiatsu, Shin Tai and Craniosacral therapy.

What is Shiatsu
Shiatsu is a Japanese massage form which developed alongside acupuncture and is also influenced by western physical therapies. Underlying shiatsu is the philosophy that vital energy (known as ki or qi) flows throughout the body in a series of channels called meridians. For many reasons ki can stop flowing freely and this produces a symptom. Shiatsu helps restore balance through touch, and as the quality of ki changes, the symptoms associated with lack of flow will gradually improve. Treatment will not conflict with medication in most instances (please ask if you are unsure) and follows clear diagnostic procedures.

What is Shin Tai
Shin Tai is a precise healing touch therapy developed by Saul Goodman which expands on traditional shiatsu massage. This system of diagnosis and technique works with the primary information system of the body, helping to clear stress and compression and naturally stimulate the flow of energy. The focus is on the governing and conception vessels (GV/CV). These two meridians can be seen as the 'core information system' and all the other acupuncture meridians evolve and flow from these two. Techniques may include working with the spine and abdomen, meridians, the internal organs or viscera, fascia, joints, chakras and muscles.

What is Craniosacral therapy
Craniosacral developed from the work of osteopath Dr William Sutherland over 100 years ago. His research revealed that cranial bones do indeed express small motion which is closely connected to related tissues and fluids (including cerebrospinal fluid) at the core of the body. He demonstrated that these movements are linked to physical, mental and emotional health. Craniosacral therapy has developed from clinical research and works on the proviso that health is a dynamic, not simply the absence of disease.

Together these therapies are very effective in working with the physical and energetic bodies.

• a relaxing and enjoyable experience
• it’s drug free and non-invasive
• sessions complement other treatments
• the receiver remains fully clothed and no oils are used
• treatment promotes greater body awareness and well being
• helps you feel more energised and positive about life

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What to expect?
During a session, the receiver lies fully clothed on a massage table or futon with the help of special cushions to ensure maximum support and comfort in several positions. Initially a medical history will be taken and at the start of each subsequent appointment there will be the opportunity for feedback and discussion. Techniques used include comfortable digital and palm pressure, stretches and joint mobilisation, and, as energy rebalances, areas of tension are relieved and weak areas enliven. Regular sessions help to support all the body functions aiming to facilitate a sense of ease in the body and in our lives. Focus is on the sensations experienced by the receiver who is required only to have the intention to feel well and enjoy life. Complementary therapies are intended to complement medical treatment and other forms of therapy rather than take the place of it. If you are unsure, please check with your doctor first.

Appointments last approximately an hour.


Rachel Boase MRSS T, RCST is qualified, registered and insured, and has over 21 years of experience as a practitioner She is an active member of the Shiatsu Society UK, the Craniosacral Therapy Association and the CNHC (federal regulator of CAM therapies) and participates in research and development in holistic health.
“What single thing would improve the quality of your life?” (Guardian Weekend magazine) Dan Ackroyd: “A Shiatsu masseur on a 24 hour retainer. ”