Shiatsu Massage


 Rebalance body and mind

The Natural Healing of Shiatsu Massage

Enjoy shiatsu massage for yourself as a fantastic natural healing therapy and reap the benefits of less stress in your life. Shiatsu is a system of gentle pressure on meridians and acupoints tailored to rebalance your body and mind. The Rosewell Centre’s Sue Hix and Ray Pawlett are fully qualified and insured to deliver this unique experience of healing.

Practised on a one to one basis, we can also include shiatsu therapy as part of a wellbeing retreat in the glorious South Lincolnshire countryside.

Natural Healing Shiatsu Therapy

What is Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu, ‘finger pressure’ in English, originated in Japan and has become popular in the Western world over the last few decades.

The guiding principle of shiatsu is connected to the energy flow, known as Qi or Ki (pronounced chee), through the body. Disruption to this energy flow can cause health issues and shiatsu massage aims to help free blockages to Qi flow and restore energy to areas where it is low. This is achieved by applying a gentle pressure on the body along the lines of energy (meridians) and acupoints especially tailored to rebalance your body and mind.

Shiatsu massage stimulates the circulation of blood and helps to release tension and toxins from muscles and stimulates the hormonal system, which in turn helps the body heal itself, that is, shiatsu healing.

How is Shiatsu Massage Different to Other Massage Techniques?

There are five main differences compared to other massage techniques:

  1. Shiatsu massage is practised with your clothes on (so do remember to attend your shiatsu massage therapy session in loose, comfortable clothes).
  2. Our shiatsu massage practitioner will ask you to lay on a mat on the floor, sit in a chair or stand, rather than lay on a table. This is to help them apply pressure and manipulate your body more easily.
  3. Shiatsu massage focuses on your joints and connective tissue rather than your muscles.
  4. No oils are used.
  5. You will come out feeling rejuvenated and energized, rather than relaxed and sleepy.

The nearest form of treatment to shiatsu massage is acupuncture, drawn from Chinese medicine, as this uses meridians and pressure points, however no needles are used in shiatsu massage.

What are the benefits of Shiatsu Massage?

There are many ways that both your mind and your body can benefit from healing shiatsu massage. Here are a few of them:

Reduce Tension and Stress

If you are feeling stressed and drained then a shiatsu massage could help you to feel lighter and energised. Stress and anxiety go hand-in-hand and when stress is prolonged, anxiety results. Shiatsu massage has been shown to promote physical and emotional calm and reduce tension in the body.

Release stress and tension with Shiatsu massage

Help with Insomnia

Many people struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Having regular shiatsu massage sessions has been found to help insomnia sufferers fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer periods, therefore, improving overall sleep quality.

Decrease Depressive Symptoms

Various studies have shown that Shiatsu massage can help bring about a better emotional balance. Shiatsu massage reduces cortisol (the primary stress hormone) and adrenaline (the fight or flight hormone), while increasing serotonin (associated with feelings of happiness, focus and calm) and dopamine (associated with feelings of reward, motivation and being productive).

Helps Bring Relief to Arthritis Sufferers

Shiatsu massage is beneficial in the management of inflammation as it focuses on movement and circulation, easing joints and relieving the stiffness and pain associated with arthritis. Shiatsu massage increases the functioning of the lymphatic system and promotes circulation of blood, which can help reduce the body’s immune response to arthritis and inflamed joints. Inflammation can also affect the nerves and shiatsu massage can help release this and in turn reduce pain.

Are there any Side Effects of Shiatsu Massage?

Shiatsu massage is an inherently safe treatment. The Rosewell Centre’s shiatsu massage practitioners are fully qualified and will talk you through any questions or concerns you may have.

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Getting started with Shiatsu

The Rosewell Centre offers you a warm, welcoming and comfortable environment. Sue Hix and Ray Pawlett are fully qualified and highly experienced and can guide you in taking the first steps in getting started with shiatsu therapy. 

Shiatsu healing is practised on a one to one basis. We can also include shiatsu massage as part of a wellbeing retreat in the glorious South Lincolnshire countryside.

Shiatsu Retreats

Connect to innate wisdom in your retreat, dive deep inside your soul, process in a safe caring environment. Feeling roots in the earth and spread out into the tree of knowledge, flowering your consciousness into the new Age of transparency and accountability. Come of age into your true Divine selves.

It is a grand vision for a weekend stay in the country but perhaps that is what your heart yearns for; time to bring more meaning to Life and find fearless help to manifest dreams.

Wellbeing Retreat

The Rosewell Centre

Meet the Shiatsu Team

The Rosewell Centre brings together a group of dedicated people, all with the aim of promoting your health, wellbeing and personal development.



Founder and Director

Sue Hix founded The Rosewell Centre in 1996 as a place to celebrate health and wellbeing from a holistic perspective.  She has over 30 years experience of teaching healing and health practises and provides Shiatsu, Tai Chi and Yoga, as well as organising Rosewell Retreats.

Sue has been practising Shiatsu since 1983, incorporating many varied styles over the years and adapting to each clients’ current needs. Sue has treated horses and dogs, developing a teaching manual for equines (14 Classical Meridians for Equine Energy). Sue no longer teaches human Shiatsu but assists the community with her book. Fourteen Classical Meridian Charts for Shiatsu, Energy Healing & Martial Arts. Both books are available from our online shop.)



Tai Chi, Martial Arts & Healing

Ray Pawlett began his creative journey in 1990, being trained at the Rosewell Centre and has been practising for over 20 years. He has developed his own blend of work following a path of Tai Chi, martial arts and healing.

He achieved Tai Chi champion in the UK competitive world, published 8 books and since meeting Tai Chi Qigong master Joe Lok in 2015 Ray has become one of a small number of fully qualified coaches for  “Phoenix in Graceful Clouds of Blessings”. Ray specialises in bringing depth, quality and humour into his coaching.

Ray facilitates Tai Chi, Qigong, Shiatsu and 9 star Ki astrology readings.

Sue and Ray continue to mentor and share with each other on a regular basis.


What our Customers Say

Kirstine - The Rosewell Centre

"Sue is committed to the wellbeing of humanity and living proof of the benefits of Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Yoga and Shiatsu.”

Jo - Yoga

"I find yin yoga is both energising and re-balancing. It is a great tonic to a busy day and I had the best night's sleep in years after one of Sue's sessions" 

Beth - 14 Classical Meridians for Equine Energy Work Book by Sue Hix

Thank you for sending it out! A few of the people on my course have your book and it's really helpful and clear!

Justin - Aromatherapy

“Aromatherapy massage helped me no end.  Thank you.”

Hilary - Shiatsu

"I am so glad I have discovered Shiatsu massage after so many years. Shiatsu was a revelation unlike any massage I’ve ever experienced. Sue locates and works on particular areas of tension/stress - where pain gathers. The whole body shiatsu experience is intensely relaxing and therapeutic. I recommend thoroughly Shiatsu at the Rosewell Centre."

Viv - Time Out for Peace event


Thank you for such a special afternoon, it just seems this is how life should be all the time.
Came away feeling totally comfortable and relaxed.

Thank you.

Hil - Aromatherapy

"I have had many aromatherapy massages before but Rose’s is different in a most significant way - she has a deeper understanding of what you and your body needs and her tailored way of matching your needs is unique in my experience - a very gentle and therapeutic experience. I recommend it without reservation."

Raymond - Yoga

“I have been participating in Sue’s early morning yoga class for many years. It is very enjoyable as the routines vary with new poses and ideas, the most recent addition being aerial yoga.  The use of silk hammocks adds a new dimension to practice, challenging different muscles to traditional yoga postures.”

Vanessa - Gong Bath Meditation

“I had a lovely meditation with Sally’s Ocean Therapy Gong Bath, the sounds were very evocative.  I heard the waves on a beach and whales singing! All sounds were very relaxing and I felt 6 inches taller after. It was well worth the drive from Wiltshire!”

Elizabeth - Yoga

"Although I had attended regular yoga classes over the years, I hadn't heard of Yin Yoga before so I thought Id give it a try! Sue provided us with the most comfortable, resting environment in which to practice this type of yoga and I felt that her wonderful soft and gentle tone and approach to the class enhanced the whole experience for me. Sue has such a vast amount of knowledge and understanding which I found incredibly useful as we went through our positions and I enjoyed both challenging myself and the wonderful opportunity to relax and reflect.  As if this wasn't enough, after each session, I had an exceptionally restful nights' sleep!  I would highly recommend this type of yoga and Sue."

Caroline - 14 Classical Meridians for Equine Energy Work Book by Sue Hix


"This is a fabulous book. Thank you so much."