Info for Shiatsu Clients

pricing, locations & guidelines for clients

What happens in a Shiatsu session?


Time and space for you...

A shiatsu session begins with time for you to arrive and, with guidance, explore what you want and need from the session. The bodywork takes place through clothing, on a comfortable futon mat on the floor. (It is also possible to work on a chair or massage couch if that is more comfortable for you.)

Each treatment is unique and tailored to you...

A range of techniques may be used depending on what is needed in the moment, from gentle holding to deeply releasing stretches and pressure. Shiatsu touch is a deeply listening touch so it will always be tailored to what you need.

A chance to look at life...

If you choose Shiatsu can be an opportunity to look at how you are 'doing' life, to identify behavioural patterns that may no longer be serving you, and to explore alternatives.

Or you may simply want to relax...

Some people prefer to simply take some time out to relax and recharge, and of course that is fine too!

Guidelines for clients...​

It is best to wear loose comfortable clothes, with layers so you don't get too hot or cold, and to also ensure that you are neither uncomfortably hungry or too full. It is advised that you do not drink alcohol on the day of treatment.

COVID-19 Safety Measures:​

I am following the guidance set out by The Shiatsu Society UK in accordance with current Government Guidelines.

  • My work space and the toilet area will be cleaned and sanitised between each client, including all “touch-points” being thoroughly sanitised. All towels, blankets, futon covers etc will be washed, with a fresh set used for each client. A protective plastic sheet will be used under the futon cover, which will be sanitised between each client. All areas will be well ventilated throughout, and the treatment room will be thoroughly ventilated between each client.

  • I will be wearing the recommended PPE (a full-face visor), and my work clothes will be changed between each client. Please ask me if you would like me to wear a mask in addition to the visor.

  • I will be adjusting my way of working, including not working on the face, and ensuring that myself and clients are not in a face to face position during the shiatsu treatment.

  • You will be asked to fill out a short health questionnaire and consent form prior to your session. I can email it to you in advance, or you can fill it out on arrival (in this case, please bring your own pen with you.

  • If prior to your session, you or anyone you have been in close contact with has any CV-19 symptoms or tests positive for CV-19, you will need to notify me, and you will be asked to delay your session for 2 weeks or more. (There will be no cancellation fees for cancelled or postponed appointments.)

  • If prior to your session I, or anyone I have been in close contact with, has any CV-19 symptoms or tests positive for CV-19, I will cancel your appointment.

  • On arrival for your appointment you will be asked to sanitise or wash your hands. As always, I will wash my hands thoroughly before the session.

  • I will be allowing longer gaps between clients to allow the room and toilet area to be fully ventilated, cleaned and sanitised and for me to clean my PPE, and change my clothes, futon covers, towels etc. To help me with this, please ensure you arrive at the scheduled time for your appointment.

  • Please bring your own bottle of water, your own blanket, and a pen.

  • Please pay for your session in advance by bank transfer if you can. If this is not possible you can pay by cash (please bring the exact mount, or a cheque made payable to Melanie Ward) which you can place in an envelope I will provide.

  • Please note: these enhanced safety measures have been put in place to reduce the risk of contracting Coronavirus but cannot eradicate it.

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch.


Prices and information for clients


I work from a beautiful cabin surrounded by the nature of Dartmoor, 1 mile from the centre of Chagford.

Full directions will be given on booking.

Home visits:

Home visits are available within 10 miles of Chagford for a small extra fee.


Standard session (1 hour) - £42 (home visit - £52)

Extended session (90 mins) - £58 (home visit - £68)

Long session (2 hours) - £75 (home visit - £85)



If money is an issue please talk to me. I am able to offer a limited number of sessions each week at a reduced rate for those in need.


Cancellation policy:

Please note that I ask for 48 hours notice for changes or cancellation of appointments; for changes or cancellations within 48 hours, the full fee will be payable.

To book or for more info:

If you require more information, or if you have any queries, please contact me; I will be happy to talk with you.


"Melanie’s presence is gentle, but solid and strong at the same time. She’s open and non-judgemental and works creatively which I really like. [She] allowed me to feel safe enough to be open and honest and I felt very supported by her.” JR

"Initially I came for shiatsu for back problems having tried [several other treatments] in the past… Shiatsu more than helped my back problems, but it also provides me with a sense of wellbeing, incredible relaxation and a sense of being at peace and able to take on the world."


"Thank you so much Melanie for the beautifully held session today. I felt incredible choice and permission to go as deep as I actually needed which I haven't experienced with a practitioner before. Deeply and genuinely grateful."

Allie W

“The help you have given me is enormous and works on at least four levels – physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. I am truly coming into my own; becoming more of who I am and feel happier and more nourished in places that I thought would always be sad and empty. I am managing to believe in my own beauty, and that is a transformation so great I would not have believed it possible. I am, and will always be, hugely grateful to you.”

Mark Maddrell

" have helped me more than anyone else in my adult life... At each session there is the discussion side first and then the bodywork and it always feels like I’ve had two sessions in one – emotional and physical healing. You seem to intuitively know the right thing to do ... and this has inspired me to follow my instincts [more]... You’re such a genuinely caring, understanding person. I feel lucky to have had this experience with you and I’m eternally grateful. Thank you!"

Andrew Savage



Melanie Ward

Chagford, Newton Abbot, Devon

tel: 07581 375988

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