Shiatsu is fundamentally a technique for waking up residual or dormant energy in the body and for acknowledging stagnant and tense energy and encouraging movement. Each person’s pattern of tension and emptiness is unique and individual and absolutely relevant to their particular life. And Shiatsu addresses how your body is adapting to your life. You could say that your body, in its posture, health and strength or weakness is an expression of your relationship with your life.

– Paul McNicholls, M.R.S.S. Shiatsu Practitioner



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Empty Wheel Shiatsu is a form of healing and therapy rooted in the ancient healing practices of Taoism but which has grown, over two decades of personal development and continuous study, to take in understanding and methods from Western physical therapies, Sufism, Buddhism, Diamond Logos Essence work and others.

The majority of my clients come looking for help with a specific problem but, over the course of their treatments, they quickly realise that Shiatsu aids their life in unexpected and valuable ways and it is these factors that keep them coming back to Shiatsu and deepening their own health and resources through an ongoing process of healing and exploration.

Over the past two decades I have found Shiatsu to be an effective treatment helping clients with a range of difficulties. Shiatsu may help with:

  • Stress and its effects
  • Muscle and joint problems (aches, pains, tension, and injury)
  • Headaches
  • Back pain and spinal alignment
  • Life transitions (including retirement, bereavement, conception and others)
  • Processing difficult emotions
  • Safely holding and releasing trauma (including PTSD and complex PTSD)
  • Jaw problems (including TMJ issues)
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Insomnia and other sleeping difficulties
  • Recovering from injury and surgery

I have found that the best approach to healing is to treat each client as a whole that encompasses the fullness of their Being. As such, we (client and practitioner) look to integrate body, mind, and soul in order to manifest the innate healing power that exists in us all. When that power manifests we feel stronger, more capable, more grounded, more relaxed, and life develops a sense of ease and comfort. These qualities come to permeate every aspect of our lives, transforming not just our own inner sense and understanding but also transforming our lives and relationships in subtle and profound ways. We come to know ourselves and our life in a new way.

While Shiatsu is on par with many Western physical therapies in treating physical ailments (muscular and skeletal problems for example) it can take us deeply into the felt sense of our experience to reveal our deepest inner capacities, restoring energy and vitality that can be manifest in every aspect of our life to the benefit of ourselves, our families, and our friends.


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