Shiatsu literally means finger pressure and is also called a pressure point massage cupressure.

Shiatsu therapy is a form of manual therapy that consists of applying pressure. By applying this pressure, any blockages can be released and the natural balance of the body can be restored.

Shiatsu can be compared to acupuncture, but no needles are used. The background of Shiatsu and acupuncture lies in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This healing method assumes that you should not treat the disease, but the sick person and that no one can be pigeonholed. Work is done on the energy points and energy paths (meridian).

Shiatsu is a holistic therapy, which means that body and mind are approached as a whole. Not only is the complaint or disease treated, but the background and lifestyle of the person involved is also taken into account when making the diagnosis.


Acupuncture literally means needle pricking and is also called needle therapy or stimulus therapy.

Acupuncture therapy is a form of alternative medicine that consists of stimulating acupuncture points (using very thin needles, electric current, heat or pressure) located on the meridians. This stimulation can remove any blockages and restore the body’s natural balance.

Acupuncture is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, which is based on the life energy (Qi) that flows through the meridians. This method of healing assumes that you must treat the sick person as a whole and that each person is unique. We often work on the energy points and energy channels (meridians).

Acupuncture is a holistic therapy, which means that body and mind are approached as a whole. Not only is the complaint or disease treated, but the background and lifestyle of the person involved is also taken into account when making the diagnosis.


Moxatherapy is a technique in which a stick of the herb Artemisia is ignited. This rod is placed over selected points on the meridian points until the heat draws in. This is to stimulate the circulation of blood and qi (life energy).

In 2010, a physiotherapist at Erasmus MC obtained his doctorate on the effect that moxa fires would have on a breech presentation during pregnancy. If you want to know more here, you can contact me.

Since moxa has a strong smelling smell, I also want to use a moxa lamp. The moxa lamp consists of an infrared light source that heats a ceramic plate. The mineral radiation present in this ceramic plate causes a warmer effect. As a result, the absorption into the skin is experienced as very natural and comfortable.
The black plate, in the head of the device, emits waves that are located in the infrared region of the light spectrum program. These waves are identical to the heat waves created during moxa burning.

With a moxa lamp you achieve the same effect as with burning moxa; namely heating. The most obvious difference is that a much larger area can be treated with this lamp.


Cupping is a method in which a cup, made of plastic, is applied to the surface of the skin and vacuum is drawn by a pump. This causes the skin to rise. The power of vacuum is so strong that it improves blood flow. The function of this method is to expel Wind cold from the body and to clear blood stagnation and pain.

Adhesions and deep muscle knots are, as it were, sucked to the surface, removing blockages. The waste products in your body are also released in this way and are immediately removed through the pores. The power of cupping is stronger than massage; because of this it has a deeper effect and is therefore very effective, especially with muscle tension.

After a cupping treatment, a red to dark purple spot may be visible locally. This is due to the vacuum. It is a normal phenomenon, which will disappear after a few days to a week. In some cases, the skin feels sore. After the discoloration has disappeared, there will be an improvement in symptoms.

It is important to keep the cupped part of the body warm and to drink plenty of water to flush out the waste.

Treatment method

The first consultation consists of an intake, followed by a Shiatsu or Acupuncture treatment and possibly nutritional advice. During the intake, ample time is taken to ask questions, feel the pulse, view the tongue and possibly palpate a number of meridians in order to get the best possible picture of your health situation.

On the basis of this examination, if desired, a diagnosis is drawn up, followed by a treatment plan. I will discuss this with you during the first consultation. When discussing the treatment plan, the treatment frequency will also be discussed with you.

The follow-up treatments always start with a short interview and the wrist and tongue are also carefully examined. In this way, each treatment is adapted to your unique condition at that moment and the treatment is much more effective.

Points of attention

Before treatment:

• Make sure you have eaten a light meal, so do not come to the treatment on an empty or too full stomach;
• Please wear or bring clean, comfortable (sports) clothing and socks for Shiatsu;
• Always consult your doctor first in case of injuries or specific (pain) complaints;
• If you have the flu, fever or a certain infectious disease, it is wise to stay at home;

During treatment:

• With Shiatsu you can just keep your clothes on and the other treatments are given directly on the skin:
• Because the flow of Qi and blood is stimulated, you may experience certain sensations, such as counting ten, feeling hot or cold, itching, sleepy or becoming “heavy”;
• Some points/spots may feel a little sore at first, but will quickly become softer and more supple;
• Red, purple or moist spots can develop after Cupping or Moxa, which often indicate the nature of your complaint(s).

After treatment:

• Depending on the complaints and the treatment applied, you may experience reactions such as (minor) headache, fatigue, changed stools, emotions, etc. The effects can last 4 to 5 days;

• Build in sufficient rest after the treatment;

• Drink enough lukewarm water or ginger/lemon water to remove waste products;
• Avoid for 24 hours: alcohol; drugs; dairy; spicy or cold foods and excessive sweetness;
• Give your body and mind time to recover and balance!

Professional association

Since 2022 I have been a member of the professional association VBAG with umbrella organization RBCZ.

VBAG Membership number: 22203001

For general information about VBAG, please visit the VBAG website and the FAQ page:


As a member of the VBAG professional association, reimbursements fall under the teaching method “Oriental Medicine” with Shiatsu as the main therapy. Whether the reimbursement is honored depends on your supplementary insurance. Only the treatments listed on this Shiatsu and Acupuncture page are eligible for reimbursement and are excempt of VAT (BTW), treatments on the Other page are not reimbursed. More information can be found at:

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In 2020 I completed the HBO vocational training for Classical Shiatsu at the Dutch School for Classical Shiatsu. I also hold a diploma in Basic Medical Knowledge and Psychosocial Basic Knowledge HBO level at the Energy School.

Complaints and Disputes

In the unlikely event that you are dissatisfied or have a complaint, I would appreciate it if you discuss everything openly and honestly with me. I trust that we will work it out together.

In the event of a complaint about a treatment, we will first try to discuss this with you. It is also possible to engage an independent complaints officer. He or she can provide support in formulating the complaint or in the event of dissatisfaction and helps in the search for solutions. The therapist has the right to be informed of this. The practice is affiliated with Quasir for this purpose. In addition, the practice is affiliated with a government-recognized dispute resolution body, Stichting Zorggeschil, and is subject to the independent disciplinary jurisdiction of the RBCZ.

Of course you can also obtain information about VBAG complaint and disciplinary law for Clients on the website below:

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