Shiatsu practitioners & Testimonials
"We are a husband and wife team. We have a dedicated treatment space in our home in Islington for regular follow up sessions and also work in a local clinic in North London for the first and regular sessions."
I trained and qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner at the British School of Shiatsu-Do in London. I am a registered member (MRSS) of the Shiatsu Society. I am also qualified as a Japanese language teacher, studied English language & literature in Tokyo and Winchester, and have a BA (Hons) degree in Fine Art from Chelsea School of Art in London. My interest in observing and understanding the body, mind and spirit was inspired by my encounter with Tai Chi. Other interests include the spiritual world, traveling, walking, cooking and gardening. Particularly I have a passion for cooking of Japanese and Western fusion, and took part in Richard's qigong workshops and retreats as a catering chef.
I trained and qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner at the British School of Shiatsu-Do in London and am a registered member (MRSS) of the Shiatsu Society. I am also a qigong teacher, qualified through the College of Elemental Chi Kung , and I teach regular classes and workshops in North London. Like Junko, it was really taijiquan (t'ai chi) that led me to shiatsu, and the two arts share a great deal in terms of both philosophy and practice. One of the ways both taijiquan and shiatsu can benefit us is by reconnecting us to our quiet, still centre, something invaluable in our increasingly busy and fast-paced lives. It always feels a great privilege to be able to assist someone in finding the sense of “ease” within themselves that we can all access and which provides a space for restoration of our vitality.
"Working in a challenging and intense environment has meant that I have found it difficult to unwind and make time to concentrate on the fundamentals in life - namely mind and body. Visiting Junko once every 2 to 3 weeks has helped me not only relax within the session, but also find and explore techniques to help refocus and relax during the week. It's been invaluable in easing insomnia as well as a longstanding shoulder complain." (AA, mid 30s, Highbury)
"Richard and Junko are experienced practitioners who provide a sensitive and intuitive service, I have been seeing them for some months and they have helped not only with a lower back problem but also with general wellbeing. I'd happily recommend them to others, and indeed, have done so already." (TH, 30's, London)
"I have had shiatsu treatments by Junko for the last 6 months on a monthly basis. Junko is working through all the tensions of each body part, which helps me to relax mentally and physically especially after a stressful week in the office. It always feels like a mini holiday as I am absolutely calm afterwards." (Beatrix, mid 30's, North London)
"Receiving Shiatsu from Richard has made such a difference to my wellbeing. He has cleared up loads of aches and pains successfully from a recurring lower back problem to sore knees, feet, shoulders and headaches ... Not to mention improving my energy levels. When I went without Shiatsu over the Christmas/New Year period I was shocked by how stiff and creaky I felt but after my first treatment in January I was as good as new. In fact I don't know what I'd do without him. Richard do NOT emigrate!" (BB, mid 50s, London)
"Working and living in London is both challenging and fast paced. Coming from an open, spacious and much less stressful environment I find my shiatsu treatments with Junko help to restore my bodies equilibrium. I began with regular treatments last year and over the time aches and pains began to disappear. In particular a long standing knee pain vanished and regular tension in my lower back began to ease and finally went away. I have been unable to attend my regular treatments over the last 6 months and have really noticed the difference. I once again look forward to these regular times where my body will relax into a restorative balance which settles my energy and inner calm." (Mich, North London)
"When my husband was going through a difficult period of clinical depression Shiatsu was the only thing from alternative solutions that helped him. Once he recovered he made sure to continue with it and also he persuaded me to give it a go. This was couple of years ago now and once I've started having sessions with Richard I was amazed to find how very different I started to feel. I felt mentally stronger, more balanced and all of the sudden very connected to myself. Richard is an intelligent and extremely skilled Shiatsu practitioner who will always adapt the session depending on what is physically happening with my body and how I feel mentally. I work in Children’s Services – famously one of the most stressful professions there are and I am not sure how I would cope without sessions with Richard. I try to have a session every fortnight as a way of getting connected with my inner peace." (VB, 40, London)
"I began receiving Shiatsu treatments from Junko while she was training, and was so impressed with her practice that I now see her once a month for an hour session. Junko has developed an understanding of my own personal tensions which makes her treatment feel uniquely tailored to me, and she responds to my changing physical needs with sensitivity and understanding. I always come away from my treatments feeling more balanced both physically and emotionally, and tension-free. I have used various massage therapists over the years and would highly recommend Junko." (Rebecca, 39, Brixton)
"I find Junko to be very knowledgeable about Shiatsu and she has excellent technique. Her treatments are deeply relaxing and energizing and regular visits really help me maintain my physical and psychological well-being." (Simon, architect, mid 40's)
"I have been receiving Shiatsu from Richard for about four months now. I hold a lot of tension in my body, especially my shoulders, which can be quite distressing. Richard is a thoughtful, kind and thoroughly professional practitioner. He discusses your particular issues with you and then makes every attempt to gear the Shiatsu to your particular needs. The technique he uses for my shoulders brings such relief that I feel so much happier after a treatment. I would highly recommend Richard." (HB, 60s, London)
"I have sessions with Junko once a fortnight and it is great.
I started going as a way of relaxation. Junko is very careful to know exactly what state of mind you are in and how you are feeling as well as keeping a good record of any aches and pains. I have lower back pain and feel it has made a difference. After every session I feel totally relaxed and more centred. My breathing feels easy and I feel lighter on my feet. It's been extremely helpful to my stress levels." (Tom, teacher, London)
"I highly recommend a treatment from Richard. I have had so many and still always look forward to them. Receiving a treatment helps me let go of my day-to-day stress and tension. Richard is a calm and gentle person who listens carefully to peoples' needs. With firm pressure it seems he always finds the right spots, especially on my neck and shoulders, where I hold the most tension. I feel much better after a Shiatsu session with Richard." (AK, Germany)
"I was introduced to Junko by a friend two years ago. At the beginning, I simply felt very good. However as I continued with the sessions, I started to realize my body needed regular treatments. Shiatsu calms the mind and relaxes the body, and I get a sensation of movement inside the body afterward. It seems effective for my stiff shoulders, which have troubled me for years, and also the quality of my sleep improves. Junko and I have developed a good relationship over the years, and now I give my confidence to her treatment. I enjoy a session every month for mental and physical maintenance." (Yoko, North London)