Shiatsu & Celebrities

How to chillax like SamCam? Try shiatsu, the holistic massage from Japan that heals stress, muscle pain, anxiety... and even menstrual cramps

Samantha Cameron

Holiday: Samantha Cameron indulged in the massage that involves finger pressing for a 'whole body relief'

Many of us looking to unwind on holiday would be perfectly content lounging by the pool with a book.

But Samantha Cameron has gone for an exotic addition to the more traditional relaxation methods with an obscure Japanese pampering treatment.

While on an Easter break with her husband and children in Lanzarote, the Prime Minister’s wife chose to have a holistic ‘shiatsu’ massage – which involves finger pressure, stretching, breathing and rotating for a ‘whole body’ approach to stress-relief.

Mr and Mrs Cameron and their three children stayed in an 18th century villa at the Casa Tomaren complex on the recommendation of a friend, and celebrated Mrs Cameron’s 43rd birthday on Good Friday.

The house boasted two ensuite bedrooms, a private terrace and garden with BBQ, in a shared complex with a swimming pool, landscaped gardens and a jacuzzi. Damian Hidalgo, who owns the £200-a-night accommodation, said the Camerons had seemed just like any other family during the stay. He added: ‘They were not concerned about having exclusivity of the complex for the week, they were happy to share the facilities with everyone else.

‘During this whole week not one demand has been made by the Camerons – no special treatment at all. Apart from the security personnel, you would never realise that he was such an important person.’ While Mrs Cameron was being pampered, her husband’s efforts at chillaxing had a painful interruption when he was stung by a jellyfish earlier in the week. Tourists told how he came running out of the sea in his blue swimming trunks rubbing his arm, after taking a dip at the Spanish island’s popular Arrieta beach. Sources close to Mr Cameron, 47, confirmed he had been stung – but stressed that he had not required medical treatment.

Dan Ackroyd endorses Shiatsu!

Dan Ackroyd

7th June 2013 The Guardian Weekend magazine published a Q&A with Dan Ackroyd. When asked "What single thing would improve the quality of your life?", he replied "A Shiatsu masseuse on 24-hour retainer." Read the full interview here.

Sally Knyvett and Shiatsu

Sally Kynvette

Shiatsu… a small dog, type of restaurant? Actually, Shiatsu is a traditional therapy treatment with a history spanning centuries, yet many of us simply don’t know just how helpful it can be. Dr Hilary Jones, top tv medic from ITV’s Daybreak show explains: “Shiatsu is a traditional hands-on Japanese healing art. It can help in a wide range of conditions - from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health. Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience and regular Shiatsu sessions help to prevent the build-up of stress in our daily lives.” Actress and director Sally Knyvette is a long standing advocate of Shiatsu treatment.

Since regular Shiatsu treatment and Pilates classes, Sally has been able to enjoy skiing holidays and generally feels fitter than she has for a long time. Indeed, many people find that it helps them feel good, to de-stress and to cope with the every-day demands of life and work.

Sally says “I tried Shiatsu many years ago then rediscovered it a few years later. I was going through a tricky time with family illness and personal pressures... both my parents contracted Alzheimer’s disease. My brother was very ill with cancer. A friend recommended that I see Dave Home, her Shiatsu practitioner.”

Sally adds “Fortnightly Shiatsu treatments with Dave have helped in every way. We often don’t realise the effect that stress has upon our bodies. Shiatsu helps me balance both my physical and emotional wellbeing.

“I believe we can often have a certain amount of physical tension that we’re not aware of. Shiatsu offers a way of relieving this stress – and it never fails to make me feel better. My Shiatsu hour is very precious to me and I’ll definitely be keeping it up.”

The Shiatsu Society (UK) is working hard to ensure that people use qualified practitioners to get the most benefit from Shiatsu. This includes collaborating with Dr Hilary Jones, who explains “I am delighted to be associated with the Shiatsu Society as I’ve had Shiatsu myself. I believe that modern medicine and complementary therapies can often work together to achieve the best results for patients. Shiatsu Society practitioners are all fully qualified with a minimum of 3 years training. Using a practitioner from the Shiatsu Society (UK) assures you of professional, expert attention.”

Vogue Magazine Australia speak to facialist Su-Man Hsu:

Working her magic on the likes of Freida Pinto, Juliette Binoche and Anne Hathaway and developing her technique for the last ten years, has left facialist Su-Man Hsu with the skin care knowledge of a true master. Her signature technique, inspired by shiatsu and pilates, has been dubbed the ‘five star facial’ by Tatler magazine and is often referred to as the one hour face lift, as Hsu combines muscle massage, with a holistic approach to the traditional facial.

Shiatsu can help your mind and body: Madonna and Mick Jagger feel the benefit!

Ray Pawlett

Ray Pawlett is the owner of Ki-Ways Tai Chi, which offers holistic therapies to people living in the Bourne area

"I became a qualified Shiatsu practitioner in 1997. Originally, it was something that was a great passion in my life but was not my way of making a living. This changed three years ago when I set up Ki-Ways and made Shiatsu treatments one of the main offerings along with Tai Chi, meditation and Energy coaching.

Since starting to learn Shiatsu in the mid 1990’s I have helped many people. These range from people who just want to look after their health to people with very difficult conditions such as chronic fatigue, emotional problems, cancer, frozen shoulder, those undergoing difficult treatment programmes, arthritis, swollen ankles, migraine, stress, back pain, joint pain, sciatica, addiction problems and many more.

So what exactly is Shiatsu and if it really is that good why isn’t everybody doing it?

If like me you were very lucky and had a kind and loving mother, when you hurt yourself she gave you a hug. You instantly felt better. The healing power of touch is either consciously or subconsciously known by parents and healers worldwide.

Shiatsu is a touch based therapy that uses similar theories to acupuncture. Instead of using needles to make changes, I use my hands and am there with you for the whole treatment which is done fully clothed and in a comfortable environment.

Shiatsu feels a little like massage or osteopathic technique. To learn Shiatsu, I have not learned how to manipulate the physical bones and fibres of your body. I feel for energetic changes and make them happen so my skills are very different.

Shiatsu works for your body, mind and spirit. When you first leave a treatment you will feel better. People say that they feel like they are “taller”, “like a computer that has been re-booted” or just “recharged”. This is caused by the physical adjustments of the treatment.

After a couple of days these feeling will settle down but the treatment will be working on the emotional plane. Somehow problems that we once had no longer seem as insurmountable and we just get on with things.

The final phase is the “spirit” part of the treatment. As your internal energies adjust, then you feel like you are on the true path of your life – doing what is right for you. This becomes an amazing feeling that can help you through life.

In order to maximise the effect of the treatment, I give recommendations so that you can keep the feeling of the treatment for longer. My most successful clients try at least some of the recommendations and get amazing results.

So, why isn’t everybody doing it? They are! One of my teachers has worked with Madonna and Mick Jagger. In his (my teacher’s) words, “How do you think she keeps looking so good or he manages to jump around on stage like that if they are not getting a little help?”

Shiatsu is ancient and worldwide. Scientific proof may be hard to attain for many reasons but it has been around for a long time and a lot of people are using it. This must say something.

How would YOU fancy a session? Do you have problems that we could perhaps help or just need a little bit of maintenance?

At the moment, I am doing “try-out” treatments for £25.00. It is a special price to mark my third anniversary and for that price you get a full hour in which I will take your details and give you a full treatment along with some basic follow-up recommendations.

You have very little to lose and perhaps a lot to gain."

If you would like to find out more, please contact Ray Pawlett on 07413 620344 or for more details.