Zenthai Shiatsu Massage

Zenthai Shiatsu Massage

Bodywork with a focused intention - integrating Zen shiatsu, Thai massage and osteopathy

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How can Zenthai shiatsu massage nourish you?

Created by movement-based therapist Gwyn Williams[1] in 2001, Zenthai Shiatsu[2] massage is now widely recognised as an effective structural and energetic form of therapy. He describes it as “focused intention” therapy that allows the natural healing methods of the body to flow again, bringing vitality.  

A structural and energetic form of therapy, this style of massage addresses issues of the musculoskeletal, digestive and nervous systems.

The three elements it draws from are: 

  1. Zen shiatsu - from Traditional Chinese medicine, including acupuncture techniques without needles such as cupping, moxibustion and lifestyle advice. 

  2. Traditional Thai massage - releases muscular tension and energetic blockages. 

  3. Osteopathic techniques - including joint mobilisation, connective tissue patterns and fascia unwinding.

Zenthai bodywork has also evolved into a fluid, movement-based practice known as Zenthai Flow[3] that reflects “a state of trust, curiously exploring and fully engaging in the moment “. 

The majority of Zenthai shiatsu massage therapists[4] in Australia are listed on Gywn’s website. Since 2001, he has trained more than 400 people in the practice.

Benefits of Zenthai shiatsu massage

Common conditions this form of bodywork helps with include lower back, neck and shoulder pain;  digestive complaints; joint mobilisation; energy depletion and the immune system. 

Zenthai shiatsu massage may also assist in relieving symptoms related to:

Allergies Anxiety Arthritis, rheumatism and osteoarthritis Asthma Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME) Colds and flu Constipation Dementia and alzheimer's Depression Fatigue, burnout and exhaustion Fibromyalgia Headaches and migraines Insomnia and sleep disorders Liver issues Mobility and movement Pain relief PMT/PMS and menstrual issues Sciatica Shoulder and elbow issues Sports injuries Stress and tension Tennis elbow and repetitive strain injury (RSI) Show all

What to expect from a Zenthai shiatsu massage session

Before a session begins, you should inform your therapist of any injuries or areas that cause you concern. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. 

In Zenthai Shiatsu, the whole being is treated[5] not just the presenting symptom – this aids the practitioner to balance the strengths and weaknesses that present themselves, such as aches and pains, digestive or hormonal issues, sleeping or breathing difficulties as well as a wide range of emotional and mental issues.

The session generally lasts for 90 minutes and takes place on a padded mat on the floor, with support pillows as aids for different positions. 

A combination of acupressure massage, Thai flowing massage techniques, wholefood dietary advice, Qi yoga correctives and moxibustion are used in the session. 

Shiatsu translates as ‘finger pressure’ although the practitioner will use thumbs, fingers, palms, elbows, knees and feet to apply their own body weight to stimulate the patient’s flow of energy in their body. 

As with any exercise or wellness program, please consult your medical professional before commencing Zenthai shiatsu massage. If you have an injury, health issue, or any concerns at all, do advise your therapist who will be happy to address these and make sure the session is personalised to your individual requirements.


  1. Gwyn Williams | Zenthai shiatsu
  2. About | Zenthai shiatsu
  3. Online teachings | Zenthai shiatsu
  4. Therapists | Zenthai shiatsu
  5. Zenthai shiatsu | Sotal Yoga

Frequently asked questions

Zenthai Shiatsu Massage, developed by Gwyn Williams, is a movement-based therapy focused on "focused intention." While it draws inspiration from traditional Shiatsu, it incorporates a dynamic approach that includes movement and addresses both structural and energetic aspects. This unique blend allows the natural healing methods of the body to flow, promoting vitality.

Zenthai Shiatsu is designed to be a holistic therapy, addressing not only the musculoskeletal system but also the digestive and nervous systems. Through a combination of specific massage techniques, mindful movement, and energetic principles, Zenthai Shiatsu seeks to restore balance and vitality to both the physical and energetic dimensions of the body.

Zenthai Shiatsu is recognized for its effectiveness in promoting structural alignment, energy flow, and overall well-being. The "focused intention" approach, along with its dynamic and holistic nature, allows practitioners to address a range of issues, making it a versatile and comprehensive form of therapy.

According to Gwyn Williams, Zenthai Shiatsu is a "focused intention" therapy that encourages the body's natural healing methods to flow again. By addressing structural and energetic imbalances, the massage aims to create an environment where the body's inherent healing mechanisms can function optimally, leading to increased vitality.

Zenthai Shiatsu addresses issues related to the musculoskeletal, digestive, and nervous systems. The techniques used in this style of massage are designed to release tension, improve mobility, and enhance the overall functioning of these systems. This comprehensive approach contributes to the effectiveness of Zenthai Shiatsu.

Zenthai Shiatsu is generally suitable for a wide range of individuals. However, as with any therapeutic practice, there may be considerations for certain health conditions. It's advisable to inform the practitioner about any existing health issues or concerns to ensure that the massage can be adapted to meet individual needs safely.

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