Koru’s founder Alyson Hobbs is also a qualified Shiatsu practitioner with vast experience, providing support to her clients through her deeply relaxing sessions.

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What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu, a Japanese word for ‘finger-pressure’, is a gentle hands-on technique applied to the body’s acupressure points. Shiatsu is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, and is often described as ‘acupuncture without needles’. As such, there is no need to undress for Shiatsu.

Potential Benefits of Shiatsu

Reviews of Shiatsu and acupressure research conclude that Shiatsu and acupressure may be beneficial for alleviating pain, nausea, vomiting and assisting with sleep patterns (Robinson et al 2011).

Alyson’s previous clients have personally found Shiatsu to be particularly effective throughout pregnancy, and she also teaches birth partner techniques to utilise during childbirth. For additional information visit

How does it work?

Shiatsu massage is a relaxing technique to receive. It uses acupressure point stimulation by gentle thumb and palm pressure. Shiatsu is commonly used during pregnancy, as it may ease muscular discomfort, back pain and reduce sickness.

Regular massage sessions may help to increase the mother’s awareness of her own body and help her to bond with the baby in her womb. Shiatsu can be used throughout pregnancy all the way up to the delivery. Women who receive regular shiatsu may be more likely to have a  natural spontaneous labour, and experience reduced levels of anxiety than those who do not (Ingram et al. 2005; Chang et al. 2002).

There are no oils used for shiatsu massage so please come dressed in a comfortable long sleeved top and long pants e.g. leggings or tracksuit bottoms (preferably made of natural fibres).



Sports injury/Musculoskeletal Shiatsu and Moxibustion (burning of a Chinese herb near the skin)


Try Shiatsu as part of your injury recovery: rotator cuff injury, tennis elbow, carpal tunnel syndrome, repetitive strain injury, tendinosis and bursitis.

Studies show Moxibustion may alleviate the pain in frozen shoulder/bursitis, tendinosis and arthritis (Zhao et al. 2014; Wang et al. 2010; Jia et al. 2006; van den Berg-de Lange 2010).

If you have a scan with us at Koru, you are entitled to a Voucher offering $20 off a 90 minute full body shiatsu and Moxibustion consultation.   Book three additional 90 minute sessions at a time and receive a discounted third shiatsu.  Call us for details.