During pregnancy, you may experience a variety of symptoms including backaches, headaches, fatigue, nausea and abdominal pain.

Shiatsu can offer natural pain relief by using gentle acupressure and specific points to relieve tension, pain and create a feeling of deep relaxation.

Puffiness and swelling caused by water retention is another problem you may encounter during pregnancy. This often appears in the feet and lower legs, but can also appear in other parts of the body. By improving your overall functioning, Shiatsu can stimulate your body to restore its natural hormonal balance.

Over-acidity during the first trimester is often the cause of morning sickness. Reduced flexibility, cravings, and increased tension in the body may also be traced to over-acidity. Shiatsu combined with simple dietary suggestions and corrective yoga stretches can counter over-acidity, improve flexibilty, and increase your ability to manage stress.

You can have shiatsu treatments right up to birthing. It is also a wonderful way to restore your energy and physical integrity a few weeks after childbirth.



“I was very sick with morning sickness – except mine happened in the afternoon. Issi recommended Umiboshi plums and hey were the only thing that settled my stomach and allowed me to eat small amounts of food which was a relief.

Shiatsu became an important part of my pregancy. It helped to keep my body in alignment as it was adjusting to accommodate the baby. Shiatsu and Issi have been an integral part in keeping my stress levels under control and was even more important during my preganacy.

I really wanted to have as much of a natural birth as I could and did not want any intervention if it was possible. I discussed this with Issi to see if he could help me with some strategies that would help me manage the pain during birth. Issi helped me with breathing techniques and ways to focus the breath on painful points in my body. During my labour I used the breathing techniques Issi taught me and was able to have a natural birth.

Issi and Shiatsu have become an important part of my life and help me to take care of myself so that I can take care of the people that are important to me. I highly recommend Issi and Shiatsu as a way of of managing all the things that life throws your way.”



“After the birth of my 2nd son and experiencing debilitating pain in my lower back and hips, I decided to seek out shiatsu specifically for physical help with these back issues.

Issi worked wonders for me and helped me back to alignment with his holistic approach to the whole person. He then worked continuously with me through my next pregnancy and the birth of my 3rd child.

I am happy to say that I have not suffered any back pain since, and I attribute this to the constant alignment that Issi helped me to maintain. The truth: I think Issi is a gem! A rare and unique practitioner who is able to help one back to alignment not just at a physical level but at the pure energy level. I walked out of each session totally renewed and ready to face the week with clarity and a fresh perspective.”



“I was fortunate enough to have regular shiatsu treatments throughout my pregnancy. I was working and studying all through my pregnancy (like so many women these days) so shiatsu was one important way for me to have a relationship with my body and my developing baby.

The shiatsu, as well as its relaxing and therapeutic value, has a ritualistic quality, of being able to take ‘time out’ from one’s busy schedule and connect with your physical and emotional self, as well as with your baby.

Looking back on the experience of my pregnancy it is one of the main experiences that regularly permitted me the ‘space’ to nurture myself and nourish my child, as well as allowing me the time to really appreciate the miracle of my pregnancy and the full enjoyment of the experience.

I thoroughly recommend Issi and shiatsu to help support and nurture you and your child throughout this special time. And remember, daddies deserve shiatsu too!”



To read what clients have said about their experience of Zen Shiatsu
please click on:Shiatsu testimonials.


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