Magnolia Therapy Centre

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The Magnolia Therapy Centre is located on Mansfield Road, Nottingham

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Shiatsu - Jo Bucklow

What is Shiatsu?

Shiatsu is a deep massage therapy where the client remains fully clothed.  Shiatsu uses pressure, stretching and passive movement.  Gentle, through to deep pressure is applied to the client’s body, which is deeply relaxing.  The body and limbs are stretched, and movement is used to mobilise joints and promote relaxation.

Shiatsu is great for people who want to learn or practice deep relaxation.  Even those who find “letting go” very difficult can learn how to still the mind and switch off the muscles through shiatsu.  Although it may seem contradictory, Jo Bucklow likes her clients to remain in control during their massage.  “Allowing the receiver to ask for more of something that feels really helpful and encouraging them to say where their limits are for stretches and pressure means that they know they’re in charge, and that actually allows them to relax more deeply”.

What is it like?

Shiatsu varies from session to session, and what one client needs will be different from another.  However, Jo’s clients have said “It’s like having yoga done to you”,

“It’s the most relaxing thing I ever experience”,  “It’s like Heineken – it reaches the parts other massages don’t”!

People do benefit from one-off massages, but over a period of time “experienced clients” learn to slip deeper into a meditative state during shiatsu, despite the treatment being very firm and sometimes involving a great deal of passive movement.  After Jo received her first ever shiatsu, she said “It’s like being a small child rocked in a warm, friendly sea”!

What should I wear?

The client may feel quite cold when deeply relaxed, so warm (but not too bulky clothes) are ideal – track suit bottoms, salwar, loose trousers and socks, and preferably long sleeved warm top.  Skirts and dresses are not ideal.  However, in high summer if you feel the heat, loose cotton clothing to keep cool enough is more important than covering up.


During the shiatsu clients can use a cloth (that is provided) over their eyes if they wish.  Some people find this helps with relaxation, some people like it because it simply cuts out the light, and others feel hidden behind it and so better able to relax.  Some people hate it so they don’t use a cloth, and that’s fine!

How will I feel afterwards?

Shiatsu has a strange impact of both calming and yet invigorating the receiver.  It should be fine to drive afterwards. Ideally, have a calm day after your shiatsu, and you will probably sleep very well that night.  Any aches and pains you may have had before the shiatsu will change over the following few days, and any changes you notice for 7 to 10 days after the massage should be noted to let the practitioner know at the beginning of the next treatment.

Who can it help?

Shiatsu is based on the same principles as acupuncture, and is used to help a wide variety of problems.  Physical and mental wellbeing is enhanced though shiatsu.  Shiatsu usually takes place on a soft mat on the floor – if it is difficult to get up and down from the floor, please let Jo Bucklow know in advance as a special chair can be used instead.

Want to know more?

During the refurbishment of the Centre if you’d like to book an appointment, or if you’d like to know more about shiatsu and the other clinics that Jo Bucklow works in, or if you’d like to speak to her please ring or email the Magnolia Therapy Centre or phone 0115 961 3237 or 0785 664 9275.

Shiatsu is frequently confused with the dog, the shih tzu, shi tzu, shih tsu, shitzu, shitsu, or shih tzu. Shiatsu is frequently mis-spelt shiatus, shaitsu, shaistu, shaitsu and shiasue.

Yo Bucklow

Jo Bucklow has been a shiatsu practitioner at the clinic since 2004. She trained with the British School of Shiatsu-Do. One of her main teachers was Linda Sharples, and then she trained with Sonia Moriceau at the Healing Shiatsu Education Centre.

She has worked with other teachers specialising in both the Japanese and American styles of shiatsu. Jo runs courses introducing shiatsu, and has an interest in ethics in therapy.

Before studying to become a shiatsu practitioner, Jo worked in the media as a social action broadcaster. Changing career to become a shiatsu practitioner enabled Jo to work more directly with people, which she enjoys.

Jo Bucklow offers appointments at the Magnolia Therapy Centre on Tuesdays. She also works from Maple House Clinic in Eastwood, see website:, and in Gedling.

Jo Bucklow is frequently spelt how it’s pronounced – Yo Bucklow, or Johanna Bucklow if you’re her mother.