Hello, with the appropriate Covid-19 precautions in place.

I will ask you to please wear a mask and to bring a clean sheet and two pillow cases to each session for your use. Other procedures may apply depending on the venue.

Thank you for bearing with me during these ever shifting times.




02392 325816
email: shiatsuhampshire@gmail.com
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Your practitioner with more than 30 years experience!

Appointments available in Portchester, Portsmouth & Stubbington, Fareham. Clinic addresses below.


A simplified, printable Shiatsu page can be found here: shiatsu

  Shiatsu is a traditional Japanese healing art, a physical therapy which supports and strengthens the body's natural ability to heal and balance itself.  It works on the whole person, both the physical and emotional.

 Whilst shiatsu possibly sounds quite esoteric or new age, Paul's clients most often seek out shiatsu for issues such as back pain or migraine.The Testimonials page may be useful to those unfamiliar with its possible benefits.

Shiatsu originated in Japan where the theory of traditional Chinese medicine had been adopted, it uses the same points and channels as acupuncture together with influences from recent Western therapies. 

No needles are used, making shiatsu the perfect non-invasive alternative to acupuncture.

Shiatsu means 'finger pressure' in Japanese. Idoshiatsu 移動指圧 is a dynamic form of shiatsu which uses touch, comfortable pressure, massage and soft manipulative techniques to adjust the body's physical structure and balance its energy flow. As such, it can generally be used for the same conditions as acupuncture but with the benefit of not using any needles. So if you have been considering acupuncture, but the thought of invasive needles puts you off, shiatsu may be just the thing for you.

A deeply relaxing experience, regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being. It can help in a wide range of conditions, from specific injuries to more general symptoms of poor health.

Shiatsu takes place on a padded mat at floor level, although it is possible to receive a limited form of shiatsu whilst seated, if you are unable to lie down.

 It is suitable for all ages. You remain fully clothed at all times.

"Shiatsu technique refers to the use of fingers and the palm of one's hand to apply pressure to particular sections on the surface of the body for the purpose of correcting the imbalances of the body and for maintaining and promoting health. It is also a method contributing to the healing of specific illnesses."                                               

 - quote from "The Theory and Practice of Shiatsu" published by the Ministry of Health in Japan in 1957.

 "It is necessary to follow the disposition of the seasons and adapt to cold and heat, to balance joy and anger and be contented with what one is, to harmonise Yin and Yang and adjust the unyielding and the tender.
Thus no evils can arise"
Huangfu Mi (215–282AD)
Shiatsu Society Registered Practitioners (MRSS) are required to have trained in the theory and practice of Traditional Chinese / Oriental Medicine in addition to fundamental western medical anatomy, physiology and pathology and to have passed the Society's examination in these areas. Fellows of the Shiatsu Society (FwSS) are those with more than ten years membership.
 Shiatsu Guild Practitioners (FGSP) are further required to have been in constant recorded professional practice for at least ten years.



Shiatsu takes place at floor level on a padded surface with the recipient lying down fully dressed.

Comfortable clothing which allows for full movement should be worn for your appointment.


  Paul applies massage, stretches and holding techniques along the energy channels or ‘meridians’ of the body, along with direct pressure to acupuncture points.  The limbs and joints are mobilised as appropriate but no heavy manipulation is involved. 


Treatments are tailored to the individual so duration and frequency will vary accordingly.  The initial consultation plus treatment takes approximately 90 minutes during which time questions will be asked about your health and lifestyle.  Please inform Paul of any current or past health problems and any medication used.  Subsequent treatments will take between 45 minutes and an hour.


Response will obviously vary from person to person depending on both the initial complaint and the causes involved.  Paul will be happy to discuss this with you at any point.
 Any reasons not to have shiatsu?

Shiatsu is very safe but should be avoided if you have:

                                                                 *  an infectious disease or condition

                                                                 *  any acute feverish illness

                                                                 *  a retrovirus, e.g. shingles in last three months

                                                                 *  internal bleeding or blood clots

                                                                 *  had a major operation recently


Contra-indicated conditions may include cancer, hepatitis, retroviruses e.g. shingles, HIV

and obviously anything infectious or contagious.

Please check before the session if you require clarification.

    You should inform Paul of any condition that has been diagnosed by a medical doctor or if you are pregnant. 

 Does your health insurance cover shiatsu?

Shiatsu sessions with Paul may be covered by your health insurance scheme,

e.g. Healthshield and theTransport Benevolent Fund.


  See the Reviews page.

Read the Reviews or Testimonials pages to see what other people thought of shiatsu treatment with Paul.

Can help
Shiatsu may be useful both to prevent ill health and for many existing problems, as it seeks to promote the body’s own healing abilities.  Please contact Paul to assess whether shiatsu is suitable for you.



Adjusting to change, awareness, balance, circulation, digestion, elimination, emotional well-being, energy levels, fatigue, flexibility, irritability, menstrual problems, posture, recovery, relaxation, self-awareness, sleep etc.


Anxiety, back pain, digestive problems, fatigue, fluid retention, frozen shoulder, headaches, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, muscular tension, neuralgia, pain, P.M.S., sciatica, sports injury, stiff joints, stress

and other common ailments

Do you suffer with migraine? click here: Migraine

See the Testimonials and Reviews
(灸術) Kyujutsu (but not the bows and arrows type!)

Moxibustion is the use of the dried mugwort (Artemisia argyi) plant, known as moxa . Commonly burned directly on the skin or on top of an acupuncture needle, moxa stimulates the Qi to enhance the treatment of specific conditions. Paul however, uses the indirect approach of 'stick moxa' where the acupoint is heated from a distance.



The use of cups is a practice found in both Eastern and Western medical traditions. These are placed directly onto the skin by means of suction. The partial vacuum created, helps to move stagnated Qi and may be useful in areas of chronic stiffness or immobility ( e.g. frozen shoulder).
See our list of Services.
 About your Practitioner

Paul Bridle is a registered Shiatsu Practitioner and adult education teacher DS. FGSP. FwSS. MRSS(t).  He is also a professional therapist in Massage and Aromatherapy and a member of the Shiatsu Society.
A practitioner since 1990, Paul has more than thirty years of experience treating a wide variety of physical and emotional conditions. He has a very high success rate. Paul will be happy to discuss any particular condition or symptoms that you have. He has taught shiatsu, oriental medicine, massage and aromatherapy as well as assisting in the teaching of shiatsu with the European Shiatsu School, then the largest organisation of its kind in Europe. Paul has clinics in the Portsmouth area and is available to discuss individual appointments, treatments and fees.
Take a look at the About Us page.

 Shiatsu Gift Vouchers.
Give Paul a phone on 02392 325816 to arrange vouchers for your friends and family to receive a shiatsu session. Vouchers are redeemable within two months of purchase. Due to the nature of shiatsu it is important that the recipient has no contra-indications to treatment.

 Important: Contra-indicated conditions may include cancer, hepatitis, retroviruses e.g. shingles, HIV and obviously anything infectious or contagious. Please check before the session if you require clarification.

Please allow 48 hours notice should you need to reschedule an appointment or the full price may be payable.
Session prices at all locations can be found on the Prices page.
For all enquiries visit the Contact Us page or 
Telephone: 02392 325816

Treatments are available at:

Office 5
Trafalgar House
223 Southampton Rd  
 PO6 4PY
02392 325816
A27. Easy access from the nearby M27.
An easy walk from Port Solent Marina Lock along the shore.
Ten minute walk from Portchester Station.



Did this website answer your questions? shiatsuhampshire@gmail.com
"Shiatsu can be difficult to explain before the questioners eyes glaze over and they fall into a trance like state. Therefore I would appreciate your personal feedback via shiatsuhampshire@gmail.com. I hope you found the information that you were looking for in my website pages". 
"Thank you for visiting and remember, I never say I've cured you 'til you've died of something else" PB .


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