Shiatsu, often described as acupuncture without needles, balances the physical and emotional body. It uses comfortable thumb pressure and palming massage to penetrate deeply into the muscles, energy channels and acupuncture points. I use the Hara, in the abdomen, to diagnose and treat both physical and emotional conditions. Shiatsu is a fantastic Holistic treatment which addresses the root of the problem as well as alleviating manifesting symptoms

I specialize in the energy of food in Traditional Chinese Medicine – using that source of everyday energy to strengthen and heal. By using this website, you can gain insight into the connection between how you feel and the food you choose 

In Shiatsu and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the body is classified into yin/yang organ pairs and meridian pathways which correspond to emotions, flavours, seasons and colours.  There are no good or bad foods simply foods which do and don’t suit us at this time. It’s all about connecting with the body, seeing what it wants and loving ourselves more.

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Baldoyle Clinic

  • Full Shiatsu Treatment  1hr15mins incl dietary recommendations   €65
  • Course of 7 Shiatsu Treatments incl dietary recommendations, recipes and lifestyle plan €60 per treatment =  €420 – payment plan available (€60 for treatments thereon after)  

Dervish, Aungier Street, Dublin City Centre Clinic

  • Full Shiatsu Treatment  1hr15mins (incl dietary recommendations) & Cookbook  €75
  • Full Shiatsu Treatment  1hr15mins (incl dietary recommendations)  €65


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Shiatsu – What is it?

The word “Shiatsu” comes from “Shi”(finger) and “Atsu”(pressure) which involves comfortable pressure applied to the “acupuncture” points and energy channels in the body. 

In health, a balanced condition prevails and the Qi (energy) flows smoothly along meridians (pathways).  But when the body is weakened by lifestyle, emotional stress or injury, the Qi no longer flows smoothly, becoming deficient in some areas and excessive or stuck in others.  The aim of shiatsu is to rebalance the persons Qi (energy).

Shiatsu will relax tight, stiff and fatigued muscles but more than a simple sports massage it will also stimulate the auto-immune system, keeping the body in its optimum state of health and well-being, physically, mentally and emotionally. 

What is the connection between Shiatsu and Conscious Cooking?

Food and drink are the ultimate transformers.  We take them in and they become our own.  It is their energy that enables life. They are at the heart of our being but often taken for granted as they become a purely functional part of life.

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In Chinese Medicine, food and drink are used for dietary healing and support.  The body is classified into organ pairs and meridians (pathways) these correspond to emotions, flavours and seasons.  So when I treat the body through acupressure and manipulation of specific meridians I also recommend specific foods that further support the body and bring it back to balance.

Flavour Season Meridians and Organs Properties
Pungent Autumn Lung/Large Intestine Consolidation and Boundaries
Salty Winter Bladder/Kidney Core Foundation of calm and being
Sour Spring Liver/Gall Bladder Dynamic, Flexible and Effective
Bitter High Summer Heart/Small Intestine Expansion and Joy
Sweet Full Summer Stomach/Spleen Centering and Supporting

 For example a woman who has just had a baby or has small children may be nurturing others more than nurturing herself.  This will put the stomach/spleen energy under pressure which in turn often leads to a craving for sweet foods such as chocolate (for more information see “conscious cooking” page).  The Shiatsu treatment itself would be a perfect way for the mother to gain support and care for herself whilst at the same time receiving food recommendations that would appease the sweet cravings.

What to expect in a treatment

Shiatsu is usually given on a padded mat on the floor through loose, comfortable clothing and uses no oils.   It works on the same principles as acupuncture but uses thumb pressure and palming massage to penetrate deeply into the muscles and energy channels.  It begins with a hara diagnosis which will pin point exactly which organs and meridians need bringing back into balance.  Also included are stretches and rotations of the limbs and joints all in order to balance the flow of energy in the body. 

Shiatsu and Conscious Cooking treaments use Zen Shiatsu hara diagnosis techniques and a full body shiatsu treatment to give personalised recommendations as to how specific food and drink will work to support your system and/or treat a condition.

A session costs €65 and usually last for 1 hour 15 minutes, which is time on the mat and for specific dietary recommendations and recipes.  Treatments are an extremely relaxing and enjoyable experience; releasing tensions and supporting the body as it detoxes, transforms and regenerates.  Special offer – course of 7 €60 each & €60 for each treatment thereon after.

Conditions frequently helped by Shiatsu

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Backache, Neck and Shoulder tension
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Digestive disorders such as IBS and Candida
  • Joint pain & reduced mobility
  • Cravings, compulsions and addictions

Shiatsu is a good way to prevent health problems.It works with the body’s autonomic nervous systemand is effective in reducing pain and helping the body cope with stress.  For those with severe medical conditions it is intended that treatments and recommendations complement not substitute professional medical guidance.

If you would like more information on Shiatsu please visit or to read Joanne’s Magazine articles in Positive Life on the link between energy, massage and food visit

CANCELLATION POLICY: You may cancel or change an appointment 24 hours before the agreed date and time, free of charge. Changes and Cancellations made within 24 hours however will be subject to half and full payment respectively.





Elena · December 6, 2011 at 9:25 pm


I came across your website quiet accidentally. I’m wondering maybe you had come across treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis using Shiatsu. To be honest I’m at my wit’s end. I’ve been diagnosed almost a year ago and am struggling to cope with the disease.
I’m did change my diet and am mainly eating raw veg, fruit etc and just a little cooked food.

Kind regards

    Shiatsu and the Art of Conscious Cooking · December 7, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    Hi Elena
    Many thanks for your query. I really feel for you as Rheumatoid arthritis can be such a painful condition. In Chinese Medicine the cause of obstruction and swelling in the body would be due to and imbalance in the wood energy, governing the liver and gall bladder. Foods that would be good to strengthen this are the oils from fish such as mackerel and organic salmon. I would also recommend eating plenty of chlorophyll rich foods such as kale, cabbage and spinach. These recommendations are very general and really to give you specific recommendations I would advise a consultation and treatment to actually work on the Liver and Gall Bladder Meridian. During my treatments I receive information from the body I am working on and even though I haven’t met you and know your individual case I feel drawn to recommend Kukicha Tea. It is very low in caffeine and has an alkalizing effect on the body. I really hope this helps.

Claire Chamberlin. · December 15, 2011 at 6:58 pm

Hi, i am just wondering where you are based?I live in county Kerry. T hanks Claire.

    Shiatsu and the Art of Conscious Cooking · December 16, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Hi Claire, I am based on the Northside of Dublin, 2 minutes from the Bayside Dart Station and about 10 minutes from the end of the M50 (Airport exit) Still abit far from Kerry though. The Shiatsu Society Ireland will have a full listing of registered practitioners if you are looking for a treatment close to home. If it a specific issue regarding food and a conditionyou would like advice on please feel free to aske me on the Q+A page. Warm wishes Jo

Kieran O Sullivan · November 16, 2016 at 8:43 am

Hi Joanne,
I am interested in having a shiatsu massage.
Am free this Thursday afternoon, if you have any spots available?

    Shiatsu and the Art of Conscious Cooking · November 16, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Hi Kieran – Im afraid I have nothing for Thursday afternoon available. I have two clinics – one in the Baldoyle (20 mins from Connolly Station by Dart) the first appointment I have there is 5th December 10.30 or 12.30 or 6th December 10.30/12.30 or 2.30 – one in the city centre which operates monthly I have Friday 14th December at 2.30. Let me know if what suits – thanks Joanne

Kieran O Sullivan · January 25, 2017 at 6:45 pm

Hi Joanne,
I am sorry, only seeing your reply now.
I’m still interested in having a Shiatsu massage.
If you have any times available next week please let me know.

    Shiatsu and the Art of Conscious Cooking · January 25, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Hi Kieran
    Im afraid I have nothing available this thursday. The first available appointment I have is Monday 13th February 10.30 or 12.30 or 2.15 & Tuesday 14th Feb@ 12.30. Let me know if any of these suit
    Thanks Joanne

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