Markus Heimpel Shiatsu

Markus Heimpel
Shiatsu Practitioner in Chippenham

My Shiatsu approach is influenced by my love of free and expressive movement. I marvel at how the gentle form of Shiatsu touch can help us to free old patterns of pain and restriction to reconnect with the feelings of wellness and ease.

This is a little video clip from the Shiatsu Society UK, explaining the benefits of Shiatsu

Background & Shiatsu Qualifications

I am a registered Shiatsu teacher with the Shiatsu Society and am currently teaching for the Bristol School of Shiatsu since 2006
I am working at Penny Brohn Cancer Care as a Shiatsu practitioner since 2009

Diploma of Shiatsu with the European Shiatsu School - 1995
Further Shiatsu studies with Nicola Pooley,
2 year post graduation course with the Shiatsu college - 2001
several courses on 'Movement Shiatsu'and 1 year course on 'experiential teaching'with Bill Palmer,
recent studies with Tamsin Granger, Gabriella Poli and Cherionna Menzam-Sills

My work is influenced by an ongoing practice of 5 rhythm dancing, yoga and Qi Gong for many years
over the last 3 years weekly explorations of contact improvisation

My Specialisms

- Working with tension in the body, developing a deeper sense of ease and awareness

- Working with emotional issues

- Supporting people with cancer and their supporters using Shiatsu touch.

Over the past 10 years I have supported many people during their experience of cancer diagnosis, treatments and afterwards to help integrating the impact of this.
The caring and nurturing aspect of Shiatsu touch can be a real antidote to the hospital experience.
Shiatsu can offer deep relaxation and help to restore the body's natural healing system in a very stressful life situation.
It can offer support during and after treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy. During these times the physical system goes through a lot of stress and the gentle touch of Shiatsu can help the body to restore, to soothe and to relax.
It can help with the integration of the emotional and mental impact of a cancer diagnosis, surgery and treatments. Often emotions can be overwhelming at the time and sometimes are stored away in the body. This can lead to tension and discomfort later on. Life after cancer treatment can look very different and sometimes there will be a loss of identity, of direction and purpose.
Shiatsu touch can offer a safe environment to explore these issues.It's gentle, listening touch offers a space where emotions can be witnessed, felt and released. Thus bringing more harmony to the whole energetic system.

It can offer respite and support for the carer and allow for time and space to attend to their own physical, emotional and mental wellbeing during these trying times in supporting a loved one with the cancer experience.

Approach to Shiatsu & How I Work

I bring a holistic and person centered approach to my practice.
In my experience a Shiatsu session is as a partnership where the wisdom and engagement of a persons energy system is as important as the skills I bring to the meeting.
It is an opportunity to co-create a safe space for deep set patterns of tension held in the body to emerge, to be witnessed and acknowledged and subsequently released.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Shiatsu In Person Please Call

Additional Rate Information

Chippenham rates £50 Bristol rates £55


Ingrid Gorr on 08/11/2019

"My regular shiatsu/supervision sessions with Markus have been such an important part of my personal wellbeing and my professional development over the past 10 years.
Markus enabled me to safely explore my emotional experiences, beliefs and physical pains. He not only listened - he really engaged with whatever I brought to the sessions, helping me to untangle and acknowledge was was going on in my life.
Markus' touch is respectful, sensitive and compassionate, which empowered me to get in touch with places within me, that were hidden away. Those places were given the time and space to express themselves, resulting in me feeling more whole, balanced and present and also allowing me to experience greater joy in my life.
I can wholeheartedly recommend seeing Markus for treatments."

Rachel H on 08/11/2019

"I have received shiatsu from Markus on and off for over four years. Markus offers a gentle, attentive space that supports me in my needs whether physical, emotional or spiritual and I always leave feeling nourished. "

Nigel Newell on 08/11/2019

"I have valued highly the shiatsu received from Markus. Markus brings intuition and a freedom to the sessions that allows me to be wherever I am at and to open to something new."