Oriental Bodywork


  • Applied stress management
  • Asthma & breathing
  • Arthritis and joint mobility
  • Blood circulation
  • Digestion, bowel and abdominal issues
  • Gait & proprioception
  • General fatigue & tiredness
  • Headaches & migraines
  • Hormonal imbalances and PMS
  • Lymphatic drainage
  • Stiff hips
  • Sports performance
  • Injury Rehabilitation
  • Wellbeing and health maintenance
  • Neck, shoulder and back problems
  • Sciatica
  • Pregnancy Support Massage
  • TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) jaw dysfunction


SHIATSU & THAI YOGA MASSAGE are forms of Oriental Bodywork developed in Japan and Thailand, and has been influenced by Indian (Ayurvedic) & Chinese medicine traditions. Shiatsu and  Thai Yoga Massage is generally practised with the client fully clothed, but herbal balms and compresses may be used to enhance the treatment.There is two main differences between these systems of bodywork. First, Thai uses more dynamic stretches (Yang) and Shiatsu uses passive palm/thumb pressing (Yin). Secondly, both work with the idea of pressure points and energy channels known as meridians, though the Thai system is based on Ayurveda and the Shiatsu system is based on Chinese Medicine. Dave prefers the use of Chinese meridians and utilises many of the acupressure points (tsubo) used in Shiatsu. Working with both approaches gives good balance to the Yin-Yang energies, enhancing the flow of Ki (life-force) in the body.

In a Shiatsu & Thai Massage treatment the body is massaged, manipulated and stretched with applied Yoga postures, increasing range of movement and improving body alignment. Working with the breath is an important aspect of Shiatsu & Thai Massage, helping to improve breathing rhythms and inducing relaxation. The movements of the practitioner and client is a form of moving meditation, with clients often remarking that they feel both energised and relaxed after a treatment session.

Shiatsu & Thai Massage is suitable for the massage needs of many people. Sports people and performance artists benefit from the deep pressures and stretches that are used. Clients that feel unfit and wish to go back to an exercise routine may find that Shiatsu & Thai Massage helps to prepare the body by opening the joints, with the gradual release of tight muscles and connective fascia tissue.

1 hour session is £40 or 1.5 hour session is £55  


INDIAN HEAD MASSAGE is a traditional system of head, face, neck and shoulder bodywork popular both in the Western world and Southern Asia. It is practiced on a either on a chair or seated on the mat, and generally fully clothed. Traditionally in India, women would massage each others heads and men would receive a head massage from a barber. Dave generally does not use oils in IHM, but oil can be used in the hair if requested. IHM is easily added to a Shiatsu & Thai Massage treatment for a relaxing and holistic balance to the body, mind and spirit.

1 hour session is £40 IHM with a Shiatsu/Thai back massage or 1.5 hour session is £55 IHM with a whole body treatment.


REIKI is a Japanese system of hands-on healing, helping to balance the body, mind and spirit. Reiki is a gentle treatment, helping self-healing processes in the body and calming the mind. Reiki treatments is often described by clients as deeply relaxing and rejuvenating. This is the first hands-on therapy Dave trained in, with over 24 years of experience and qualified to Reiki Master Practitioner & Teacher level (Shinpiden).

1 hour session is £40


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