137 Harley Street, London, W1G 6BF

Shiatsu Massage


Julia Katz

Julia Katz holds recognised diplomas in shiatsu (British School of Shiatsu Do) and acupressure (Touch-Pro).  She did her postgraduate training with Suzanne Yates of Wellmother, who pioneered the use of shiatsu in pregnancy and childbirth.  She has also trained with Francoise Freedman of Birthlight, and offers Yogacise classes to antenatal and postnatal clients.

Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese massage.  It is a safe and effective form of bodywork in pregnancy and the postpartum period.  Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary change and development for both mother and baby.  Regular shiatsu sessions can help the mother to adapt to the changes that are taking place.  The deep breathing and stretches encouraged by shiatsu have been described by clients as “passive yoga”.  The practitioner uses palm and finger pressure to bring the body to a better state of balance.  Shiatsu is a deeply relaxing experience that can benefit the following conditions:

  • Sore backs, shoulders and necks
  • headaches
  • insomnia and anxiety
  • sciatica
  • general stress and strain

Treatments take place lying on a futon in side position, with cushions for support and comfort.  Shiatsu is received through clothes, so it is best to wear loose comfortable clothing.  Shiatsu incorporates the power of touch, stretching, breathing techniques and pressure to bring the body to a better state of balance.  Following the treatment there will be a feeling of increased vitality and deep relaxation.

Shiatsu for labour

Certain pressure points are extremely effective for pain relief and can be used from the onset of labour.  They can be learnt by your birth partner and allow for close partner involvement in the labour and birth.  Julia is happy to provide birth preparation sessions for interested couples.

Postnatal shiatsu

A new mother will often feel exhausted in the weeks and months following the birth of her baby.  This is an ideal time to experience the restorative power of shiatsu.  Feel free to bring your baby with you as shiatsu can be received with your baby lying next to you.
Fee: £75 per treatment of 1 hour.

For appointments please call The Birth Company on 020 7725 0528.