Zen and harmony

A combined Power

Shiatsu and macrobiotic wellbeing are two holistic approaches to health and wellness that have been gaining popularity in recent years. Shiatsu is a form of Japanese massage therapy that focuses on pressure points and meridians to promote balance and healing in the body, (see my blog about shiatsu). Macrobiotics, on the other hand, is a dietary and lifestyle approach that emphasises whole, natural foods and mindfulness in eating, (see my blog about macrobiotic).

When combined, these two practices can create a powerful synergy for overall health and wellbeing. In this blog, we will explore the benefits of combining shiatsu and macrobiotic principles, as well as some tips for incorporating these practices into your daily routine.

Benefits of Combining Shiatsu and Macrobiotics

  1. Promotes Balance and Harmony in the Body

Shiatsu and macrobiotics both aim to create balance and harmony in the body. Shiatsu uses pressure points and meridians to promote the flow of energy, while macrobiotics promotes a balance of yin and yang energies through diet and lifestyle. When these two practices are combined, they can help to restore balance and harmony to the body on multiple levels.

  1. Enhances Digestion and Nutrient Absorption

Macrobiotics emphasises whole, natural foods that are easy to digest and provide optimal nutrition. Shiatsu can help to stimulate digestion and improve nutrient absorption by promoting the flow of energy to the digestive organs. When combined, these practices can support optimal digestion and nutrient uptake, leading to better overall health.

  1. Reduces Stress and Promotes Relaxation

Shiatsu is known for its ability to promote relaxation and reduce stress. When combined with the mindfulness and stress-reducing techniques of macrobiotics, this can create a powerful synergy for reducing stress and promoting relaxation. This can help to lower cortisol levels, reduce inflammation, and promote better overall health and wellbeing.

Tips for Combining Shiatsu and Macrobiotic Principles

  1. Focus on Whole, Natural Foods

It was mentioned earlier how macrobiotic diet is based on foods that are easy to digest and provide optimal nutrition. Thus, focus on incorporating plenty of whole grains, vegetables, legumes, and other plant-based foods into your diet. This can help to support optimal digestion and nutrient uptake, as well as provide the energy and nutrients needed to support a healthy body.

  1. Practice Mindful Eating

Macrobiotics also emphasises mindful eating, which involves being present and aware while eating. Take time to chew your food slowly and savour the flavours and textures. This can help to promote better digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as promote a sense of relaxation and enjoyment around eating.

  1. Incorporate Shiatsu Massage

Incorporating regular shiatsu massage into your routine can help to promote balance and harmony in the body, as well as reduce stress and promote relaxation. Consider working with a qualified shiatsu practitioner to develop a customised treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

  1. Practice Other Mind-Body Techniques

In addition to shiatsu and macrobiotics, there are many other mind-body techniques that can support optimal health and wellbeing. Consider incorporating practices such as yoga, meditation, tai chi, or qigong into your routine to support overall balance and harmony in the body.


Combining shiatsu and macrobiotic principles can create a powerful synergy for overall health and wellbeing. By focusing on whole, natural foods, practicing mindful eating, incorporating shiatsu massage, and practicing other mind-body techniques, you can support optimal digestion, reduce stress, and promote relaxation and harmony in the body.  If you want to know more get in touch.