My NHS physiotherapist recommended I have Shiatsu with Jo Judd in November 2014. Since then, my health and life have changed in ways I dared not hope for, thanks entirely to Jo's expert support and skill. I highly recommend Jo as a practitioner who has a gentle, calm and carefully judged holistic approach.
If you feel worried or unsure about Shiatsu (as I was initially) let me reassure you that you are in safe hands. Jo focuses entirely on what it is that you need at that moment, and how best to help you move forward from wherever you are. Her sessions include talking, listening, advising - and picking up on what is unsaid. Jo is always positive and non-judgemental. She is open, warm, strong and sensitive, and makes me feel empowered and genuinely supported.
In the physical treatment she is extremely gentle at first, judging very carefully how to improve your levels of movement and flexibility with minimum discomfort and maximum benefit.
My Story So Far… In 2014 I had to give up work as I could no longer walk, and had a total physical and emotional collapse. This was caused by a combination of extreme overwork and severe end-stage osteoarthritis in the left hip. I was 50.
I received only doom and gloom from the NHS professionals with very negative comments, hardly any advice on how to cope and confusing information about whether or not to have a hip replacement. I received some physiotherapy and osteopathy that was excruciatingly painful and, although some improvements occurred, the process was very scary. My leg muscles were totally rigid and often in spasm, making walking nigh impossible. I was emotionally very upset, having lost my ability to live my life. I was finding it very difficult to go anywhere or do anything. Having been a very physically active person with a vibrant and exciting career as a freelance musician and lecturer, I was now totally incapacitated and virtually housebound.
Over the last seven months Jo has single-handedly initiated and supported a complete turn around in my health and wellbeing. Her support on how to manage the arthritis and fatigue has been fantastic. She has provided me with really practical and do-able advice and strategies re: diet, food supplements, simple and easy exercises, life-style choices – such as pursuing the things I love to do – all of which has helped my health improve dramatically.
The physical treatments have transformed my rigid and seemingly broken body (which other health professional found confusing), and I am becoming more and more flexible, strong and balanced and look forward to further improvements in my physical strength and ability. This has improved to the extent that I can now walk the dog on the hills where I live, and recently I went camping and swam in the sea (these are things I believed I wouldn't be able to do again). My levels of pain have significantly reduced (without medication) and my energy levels are nearly back to normal. I have a whole range of strategies to help manage my condition, taught to me by Jo, which enable me to enjoy life and be excited about the future. "
" I feel very lucky that Jo was recommended to me. I initially went for relief to my lower back, however the treatment received helped me achieve so much more! Over the past 10 years my anxiety had gradually been increasing, peaking after I developed vulvodynia/interstitial cystitis following a urine infection 3 years ago. I started taking anti-depressants tom help. I was also suffering from awful night sweats which I assumed was my age! Having received Shiatsu and advice from Jo I am now free of medication, have no night sweats and when I have the occasional flare up of VD/IC I am able to calmly deal with it. Mentally and physically I feel much stronger. I would highly recommend Jo. "Rachel
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I started visiting Jo at the end of 2013 (after shiatsu was recommended to me by my brother, and I found her website on the internet and read her testimonials). I was at rock bottom both mentally and physically after almost 18 months of struggling with chronic back problems after knee surgery in July 2012. I was slightly sceptical about shiatsu, not knowing a lot about it but, from the very beginning, Jo was totally supportive and understanding and explained everything about the process. Her calm but strong presence is very reassuring, and she was very gentle at the beginning as I was in so much pain, but gradually increased the treatment as I started to relax and feel the benefit of the massage. Initially, I saw her weekly but, as time has progressed, and I feel better both mentally and physically, I now see her twice a month. I was eventually diagnosed with Parkinson's disease a couple of months ago which, although not good news, with medication, I am now feeling much better. Her counselling and support during the whole time has been almost as important to me as the shiatsu treatment and I now see things much more positively, and my mobility is very much improved. I was very down about the future but I have now changed my outlook and, in fact, am retiring at the end of the year and am looking to a new beginning with my new found freedom. I will continue to see Jo regularly as I feel the shiatsu is very much part of my relaxation, and now consider her to be a friend and can't thank her enough for her support during a very painful time. I would not hesitate in recommending her to anyone considering shiatsu – she is a star. "
" I visited Jo for treatment because I've had chronic back trouble for several years that was not improving much. Jo thought this was due to a twisted pelvis causing one leg to appear longer than the other. This postural problem has now been largely corrected by the Shiatsu and I have not had any recurring back problems for several months. I was surprised and very pleased at the improvement and can whole-heartedly recommend Jo. She is a very gentle lady and carefully considers any problems carefully before embarking on a treatment schedule. "Chris
I have been receiving shiatsu from Jo for 6 months or more for digestive and other stress related problems
and have benefited greatly.
Her very professional, empathetic and client-centred approach is very impressive and I have been surprised at the efficacy of her treatment.
Jo's approach although different to conventional medicine is complimentary and has been highly effective in almost curing my digestive problems. The stretches and nutrition advice have also been very beneficial.
I can highly recommend her approach and treatments. "
I have had a recurring problem on my back and upper shoulder. Making me unable to sleep and do basic
everyday things. I have been to several massage spas and sports therapist, reflexology and many other
people professing to help. I came to Jo after having a rather traumatic year I was so tense and upset
but a bit sceptical.
Now I would not go anywhere else, I sleep through the night, what Jo does regarding what you need, lasts longer than the Hour, I feel much more relaxed. The whole week I sleep and I feel better in myself and able to cope with my busy lifestyle. The advice and the care Jo gives you during your time with her makes you feel like she really cares for you and it's not just a job in a spa break hotel. She is truly a remarkable woman. "
" I have had several treatments for joint and knee pain and have found Jo to be very supportive and sympathetic to my problem. My hip has stayed mobile and the pain reduced and I feel my whole body has benefited from Jo's gentle treatment. "L.S.
" I have been very fortunate in meeting Jo and receiving Shiatsu treatments from her. I looked forward to each session and find her to be calming, caring, sympathetic and positive in every way. From our discussions beforehand, she evaluates any special problems and gives these areas particular attention as well as the whole body treatment. My main problem has been insomnia which has bothered me for many years which in turn created anxiety and panic attacks. However all these symptoms have improved incredibly since having Shiatsu with Jo. I feel much more relaxed and yet energetic and my confidence has grown in so many ways. I am waiting for a hernia operation but the discomfort I was feeling is infrequent since my treatments. I would recommend Jo's Shiatsu to anyone knowing that they will improve both in mind and body. If only Shiatsu could be used in mainstream medicine I think the doctor's life would be far less demanding. "Marie
" After years of suffering from IBS and a painful shoulder and neck from working on a computer, I finally made an appointment to get help. Jo was great, very professional and approachable. She took notes about my general health and then she gave me a really gentle Shiatsu session. After one session the pain in the shoulder and neck had really subsided. The ongoing treatments and advice have really helped to alleviate the IBS symptoms and allowed me get on with the things I enjoy doing. "Patricia Patterson
" I have been blessed with good health in my life but as I enter my 50s and the menopause years I am challenged by the big and also the more subtle changes occurring, both physical and emotional. A few treatments from Jo and life feels more balanced again. I like the combination of a listening, physical therapy, deep relaxation and time exclusively for myself. I now have regular treatments and find Jo to be a lovely woman and a really good shiatsu therapist; I highly recommend a visit for everybody. "Anna
" I have been suffering from severe headaches and neck pains caused by stress and a hectic lifestyle and I have found shiatsu to be really beneficial in relieving the headaches and aching neck and also a very relaxing treatment. "Shirley Ellis
"I have been receiving shiatsu therapy from Jo for six months now and my lifestyle has altered radically. She has treated me holistically, inside and out. I have never been able to sleep much and have been troubled with a stressful life and old sporting injuries. She recommended a better diet, an organised routine, exercises and techniques for dealing with stress. I can climb on to the couch like a board and get off again as a new woman, two inches taller and aches and pains dissipated. I have gained in confidence and enjoy life and my lot so much better, appreciating what I can offer and not distressed by things I have no control over. And I can now sleep restoratively. She offers peace, confidentiality and expertise and I would not hesitate recommending her practice."Liz Wheeler
"I eagerly look forward to my monthly shiatsu sessions with Jo. It is an hour in which I can totally relax and unwind. The sessions make me feel energised, balanced and less stressed. They have helped release tightness in my neck and shoulders which has been a problem for many years. Jo is wonderfully caring, attentive and thoughtful. Advice on diet and stretches to compliment the sessions have also been beneficial. I have no hesitation in recommending Jo to anyone!"Liz Batty
"Jo has been giving me shiatsu massages for several months and her treatments have been, and I'm sure will continue to be, extremely beneficial for me. She helps to ease tension and to reduce aches and pains, which has resulted in improved movement in my arm, shoulder and knee. She is also a very sympathetic and understanding listener while remaining totally professional. I am full of gratitude and couldn't recommend her shiatsu more highly."T. Smith
"Jo was recommended to me by a friend at yoga. I was finding it hard to find someone who could help with a stressful neck and shoulder problem, I never thought I would ever get relief from this pain until I went to Jo for a Shiatsu massage. Jo's holistic approach of assessing and treating the body as a whole to achieve an overall feeling of wellbeing, works well for me. I have been having regular Shiatsu massages since December of last year and the difference that Shiatsu has made to me in that short time is amazing. My neck and shoulder pain has been relieved with the massage, an ongoing pain in my stomach has disappeared and my body seems more in balance, my posture has improved and I feel more relaxed, which has helped me sleep better at night.
Jo is lovely and takes time at the start of every treatment to find out how you are and how you have been since the last time, whether things have improved and if there is anything else she can help you with. I look forward to my Shiatsu massage and I always leave feeling more in balance, relaxed and recharged. Modern day life puts a lot of stress on the human body and for me Shiatsu is a good way of helping to relieve that pressure, and being able to look at life through a more balanced window. Thank you Jo"Sue M
"I first tried shiatsu massage with Jo purely hoping for some relaxation but I found it gave me much more than that. I have had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for many years and even after that first treatment I felt lifted. Over the years I have tried a number of complementary therapies, but this one has had the most beneficial effect. After a number of sessions I now feel much more balanced and the "dips" I get are not so severe and don't last as long. It is so lovely to feel something helps like this after my poor body has had this illness to deal with. I feel that with every treatment my body is healing little by little.
Jo is very kind in her manner, professional, and listens very closely. She knows where the work is needed and has been able to help balance my body in other ways too. I am so happy to get these benefits from my sessions with Jo and am more than happy to recommend them."Dot Hayes, Malvern
" I've been seeing Jo for Shiatsu for several months. In that time she's helped me a lot with the fatigue I was feeling as well as recurrent digestive issues and emotional ups-and-downs. The Shiatsu treatment is wonderful - my body responds to it by deeply relaxing during the treatment and afterwards, as well as a fantastic levelling-out emotionally, which I have really needed. Jo also recommends dietary changes and stretches to continue at home, both of which have been very helpful. I'll continue to visit Jo for treatments for as long as possible! "Nancy
" Your massage is life affirming. You stretch the whole body and it says "thank you". "Amanda
" I have been seeing Jo for some months now, predominantly for relief of my Arthritis but also for general well being for emotional and physical needs. The sessions are holistic, thorough, restorative and healing - she makes me feel cared for and so much better. It is difficult to describe - you need to experience it! "Jen from West Malvern
" I am an athlete, a single mother of a 4 year old (plus 2 grown up children), an emergency nurse working unsocial hours and am studying towards a new professional venture. Despite looking after my health I still, not surprisingly, get stressed, tired, injured, and sometimes all three.
Jo was recommended to me when i came back to live in Malvern last Summer, at the time suffering with an undiagnosed pelvic injury and feeling the after-math of an upheaval and relocation to York six months previously, followed by a re-re-location back ‘home’! Not only did the pelvic injury start to resolve after just a couple of shiatsu treatments (then disappeared after several treatments) but I regained my normal energy levels enabling me to train normally. Since then she has treated a niggling knee injury to help prevent it escalating into something serious, and has supported me during a post operative recovery.
Throughout my long athletic career I have had treatments from various practitioners but I have never looked forward to any as much as I look forward to my Shiatsu with Jo. If I forget to tell her about a new symptom I have or the way i am feeling, she picks it up anyway. I find it incredibly relaxing whilst restoring my energy levels at the same time. "Ruth Heatley
" I have been having Shiatsu treatments with Jo for over a year and I can honestly say that I always look forward to going, because every time I emerge relaxed and toned up, and ready to face the world again with renewed vigour. She is unfailingly welcoming, professional, and full of good advice about exercise, diet options and lifestyle generally. A regular visit can't fail to be beneficial for anyone interested in achieving a balanced and satisfying life, quite apart from the undoubted help the treatments give with specific health problems. "Bob Ruffle
" Shiatsu with Jo is wonderfully relaxing and restorative, makes my body feel "right" again as though everything is aligned as it should be. "Kate
"I have been having regular Shiatsu massages from Jo over the last 2 years. Jo is very knowledgeable and professional and never fails to ease the aches and pains from my strenuous job as a painter and decorator. Jo has also recently done my first treatment of the Natural Facelift Massage - I noticed my complexion had greatly improved, in fact I didn't put any makeup on for the next week! The treatment is very relaxing and effective. My skin feels and looks wonderful, radiant and smooth, and my wrinkles have definitely smoothed out with my face having a lovely natural glow. I would throughly recommend Jo and both the full Shiatsu and the Natural Facelift massages."Susan (Stroud)
"I feel really fortunate to have met you and I have benefited so much from your shiatsu massages. On so many occasions I have presented myself to you and I've felt stressed, slightly manic and very tired. On each of those occasions you have really listened to me, showed warmth and professionalism and treated me accordingly. I have walked away every time feeling calmer, more relaxed, I have slept far better and felt ready to face the world again. To me, shiatsu massage is is fantastic: I feel comfortable, it is relaxing, yet energising at the same time. I look forward to each of my treatments knowing I will feel better afterwards, renewed and more like my old self."L xx
"Two years ago I was in a serious road traffic accident and I have been receiving weekly NHS physiotherapy since then. I started Shiatsu three months ago with an open mind to it possibly helping with my flexibility and ongoing recovery. Jo is providing a treatment programme specifically for me and my needs. I noticed healing and improvement from the first session. I now notice that my joints feel less taut and have more movement and rotation. Getting up from sitting is easier. My movement is more balanced and I can move with more confidence. Friends have commented on this and how noticeably I am progressing."M
"I have been seeing Jo as a client for over 3 years. The level of care and support that she has given me through her practice has without a doubt helped me to get through stressful periods in my life. I look forward to my Shiatsu sessions and will continue to have regular treatments.Thank you!"Helen Davis
"Jo was reccommended to me by a friend, and now I know why - the quality of her treatments is outstanding. I always leave her clinic space feeling totally relaxed, de-stressed and re-energised and ready to start the day again. I have definitely noticed that I sleep better after treatments and that little problems like my shoulder and neck pains that I used to occasionally get don't seem to bother me anymore. Would highly recommend Jo to anyone wanting relaxation and also with any muscular aches and pains."Colin Fields
"I have been treated by Jo for over a year now. I have had many shoulder problems over the years related to both the physical sports I have played and the labour intensive day job. Shiatsu has been really good for me. The treatments from Jo have enabled me to carry on working and reducing the risk of futher damage to the shoulder. I would happily and confidently recommend Jo to others."Robert Williams
"My husband has suffered with Alzheimer's for some years now. I would like the Shiatsu Society to have this story as it could help other Alzheimer's sufferers to have the chance to improve, just as my husband has. Shiatsu has given me my husband back, not cured of course, but more like his old self, more than I could ever have imagined was possible."
When the practitioner first met Morris he could not speak, his wife answered all questions for him. He could not move his limbs, especially lower limbs, which descended in painfully slow, jerky movements. He was depressed, withdrawn and his eyes looked "dead". After a year of Shiatsu treatments, his doctors could not understand why he was improving as this condition never improves. He was able to speak directly, speak to total strangers, started laughing and cracking jokes, his eyes looked alive. His specialist, whom he'd been seeing regularly, signed him off for a year.
Alzheimer's is a terrible condition, not only for the person concerned but also for their families, who watch them steadily go downhill. It is devastating. "Now he is able to move his limbs with far more control, he even got up and danced with me. Not only that, because he was so much better we went on holiday for the first time in ages. We are doing lots of gardening and home improvements together and Morris went on an 8 mile walk. Before Shiatsu treatments, he just sat in a chair."
"At first I was told not to get my hopes up, as it may be that he was just having a good spell, but after a year the improvement cannot be considered anything short of a real success story for this amazing therapy. I have no idea if Shiatsu would work on everyone, but I understand that Shiatsu practitioners in the UK are also having good results with Alzheimer's sufferers so I really do urge people to try it."Mrs Robinson, Heanor, Derbyshire
There are lots of equally dramatic success stories, please refer to the Shiatsu Society website for more details.