Introduced to the west from Japan in the seventies, shiatsu is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and works on the same principles as acupuncture, but uses finger pressure rather than needles. The recipient remains fully dressed, in loose comfortable clothing, and can be treated lying down or sitting up. The shiatsu practitioner uses fingers, knees, feet and various stretches to manipulate points along the meridian energy system in the body which relate to the internal body organs and systems. Shiatsu releases tension and encourages a free and balanced flow of 'ki', or energy. Like acupuncture, shiatsu can help a great range of disorders, including menstrual and digestive problems.

Margré de Vries (Prajnadevi)

Prajnadevi Acupuncturist

Prajnadevi qualified in Shiatsu in London in 1995 (British school of Shiatsu-Do) and subsequently trained in acupuncture and Chinese herbal remedies at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine, graduating with an honours degree from the University of Kingston in 2006.

As a registered member of the Acupuncture Society she abides by its code of ethics and safe practice. Continued professional development (CPD) is an integral part of my professional life as a Chinese Medicine practitioner.

"Healing arts came naturally to me; I realised early I had a feel for what was going on for someone; through my hands or other sensory perception I work effectively with most issues presented. Training in Chinese Medicine through shiatsu and acupuncture gave me a deeper understanding of the body’s energy flow and how to enhance it".

Check out her website for conditions treated and contact details



First session 1 hr £75

Follow up sessions 1hr Shiatsu £75

Follow up Acupuncture sessions 45 mins £65


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Bodywise is based in Bethnal Green - East London - London Borough of Tower Hamlets.