Shiatsu (literally meaning finger pressure) is a pathway to self healing and the healing of others. Shiatsu applies manual and digital pressure to the skin with the aim of preventing and curing illness by stimulating the body’s natural powers of recuperation, eliminating fatigue-producing elements, and promoting general good health. Read more on our Shiatsu page.
Receiving a Shiatsu Treatment
A full shiatsu treatment lasts for 60 to 90 minutes. Shiatsu is administered fully clothed on a comfortable pad on the floor. When you come for a shiatsu, please wear or bring loose, comfortable clothing. Metal should not be worn during the treatment as it can affect the benefit of Shiatsu. As well as watches and jewellery, this includes metal in your clothing like zips and underwire.
Pamela Meekings-Stewart, Dip.Sh.
Namakoshi Shiatsu Practitioner & Teacher
Pamela Meekings-Stewart is a Shiatsu teacher as well as a practioner, Since Pamela started to offer Shiatsu training in 2004, several graduates have moved on to become regular practioners at the Woolshed.
In August 1988 Pamela graduated from an intensive Training Course in Namakoshi Shiatsu with Denise Linn. In June 1989, after having given over 70 shiatsu, she attended a further 2-day training with Denise and was honoured to be told that she was considered competent to teach. She has been practising Namakoshi Shiatsu for over 24 years and teaching for 9 years.
She says, “I love doing shiatsu and the fact that some of my clients have been coming regularly for over 10 years I think attests to its effectiveness”.
Since Pamela started to offer Namakoshi Shiatsu Training in 2004, several graduates have moved on to become regular practitioners at The Woolshed.
Pamela Meekings-Stewart has also completed training in 4-Directions Healing, Sequoyah Medicine Wheel Therapy, Touch for Health and 1st Degree Reiki.
The use of relaxation and/or therapeutic techniques tailored to your needs, to assist with stress release, recovery from injury, pain reduction and increased wellbeing. Natural carrier and aromatherapy oils are applied to the skin and combined with kneading, stretching and pressure techniques to relax muscles, increase blood flow, mobilise adhered tissues, increase range of motion and promote health and relaxation. Massage therapy is also effective for headache relief, sleep support, postural correction and various aches and pains including lower back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome (RSI). It is a safe and soothing treatment to receive during pregnancy and to help your body recover post-natally.
Having graduated as a Registered Massage Therapist from the 3000 hour government accredited diploma programme in Vancouver, Canada, Verity practices an array of therapeutic techniques including Swedish massage, trigger point therapy and myofascial release to enhance relaxation and wellbeing of body and mind. She also employs medically oriented techniques as well as therapeutic stretching and strengthening to aid in recovery from injury, improve posture and decrease pain.
Having always had a deep interest in the Eastern healing arts, esoteric philosophies and the natural world, Verity also practices Namakoshi shiatsu and holds a degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine.