Lucie Thring

Job Title: 
Shiatsu Practitioner

Shiatsu (Japanese for 'finger pressure') is a fully clothed, hands-on, healing therapy. It usually takes place on a mat on the floor, or seated on a chair or stool.Originally from Japan, it has several complex and comprehensive theories that it draws on including Traditional Chinese Medicine, Macrobiotic Yin Yang theory and Western physiology and psychology.
Shiatsu is very flexible in its application, and uses appropriate pressure, stretches, movement, stillness and points to aid the natural healing process of the body, mind and soul.

Shiatsu sessions with me have great benefit to; 

  • those who are looking for more embodiment
  • people who feel scattered/fragmented and want to feel more grounded
  • those who have something going on that they can't name which they would like to explore through a series of sessions to work towards resolution
  • physical injury/limitations and health concerns
  • people who are looking for emotional support through changes, stress and times of grief
  • dancers and physical performance artists
  • those looking for regular, or ad-hoc, self-care maintenance


I am passionate about sharing my skills with people in order to facilitate transformative healing. The creation of a safe space for each individual is paramount to me, and I welcome your active participation in the treatment to reach maximum potential from the sessions.
My experience, knowing and understandings from life and training programmes create a reference that I use to inform our sessions, but this is not all that guides me. I listen finely to each and every moment you bring into the space. This allows you, as the receiver, the opportunity to explore your experience of yourself; body, emotion, sensations, and work towards a place of ease and freedom.
If desired I offer recommendations varying from exercises, dietary explorations and personal enquiry.

A little about me.
My interests vary and include but are not limited to: Taiko drumming, Theatre of the Oppressed, authentic relating, Queer theory, dance and performance art. I like diversity, questioning and finding out what lies beneath.
I began my shiatsu training in 2006, qualified in 2010 and have since participated in several post-graduate courses and continue to do so. I have taught at the International Macrobiotic School and continue to deliver workshops at festivals. I am currently looking at how to combine my passion for performance & self-expression with my healing practice.
I practice at Ola Chiropractic, Totnes Monday-Thursday on a weekly basis and in London and Bristol on an ad-hoc monthly basis.
1st consultations last approx 75-90mins, subsequent sessions approx 60mins.
Sliding scale available as are block booking discounts.
Feel free to contact me to discuss your needs and book!

Testimonials from clients; past and current.
"Lucie is an exceptional practitioner. When I feel called to receive a treatment, Lucie is my first go-to. Her skill, presence and tenderness of care combine to create a very tight container for me to enter into the depth that Shiatsu offers. Her enthusiasm for Shiatsu's healing powers bring a powerful sparkle to her experience and learning. And I trust Lucie; that is the main thing. I trust her in her ground and in her heart-centred staying power; in her touch and in her skilful, subtle tracking of my energy and body. I always feel held and received in where I'm at and where I arrive to through a session. And I always feel the permission to be fully participant in my own Shiatsu experience. Together these things give me reason to whole-heartedly recommend Lucie as a Shiatsu therapist and healer. Experience this potent art of healing - go to Lucie.” H.Oakley, Writer, Graphic Designer & Shiatsu practitioner, Devon

“My personal experience of Shiatsu with Lucie has been very positive. She seems to intuitively know which particular area needs attention/work and her therapy has achieved beneficial results for me. One specific area of great improvement for me through Shiatsu are my feet, enabling stronger connection btw feet and ground, facilitating easier walking barefoot and better balance. I find the Shiatsu treatment itself usually very relaxing and calming for my mind, yet energising for my body and I mostly feel taller and much more supple following treatment. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Shiatsu therapy with Lucie to anyone who is looking to improve general or specific mental, spiritual or physical health and well being for themselves.” Anon, Devon.

“I’ve had the benefit of Shiatsu treatments with Lucie on several occasions, usually soon after getting off an airplane. She has a wonderful ability to speak to the body through her hands in such a way that the body feels safe to almost immediately release whatever it was holding and come into balance. Over the years I’ve experienced many different kinds of body work offered by many different practitioners. Lucie is one of the best.” David Norris, Workshop facilitator, Germany

“Lucie treated me when I was going through a very difficult time physically and emotionally and enabled me to be freer in mind and body. The difference it made to my life was incredible. I can't ever thank her enough.” M. Hambly Dickson, Cornwall

“Lucie designed her shiatsu treatments to suit how I was feeling each time I saw her - sometimes firm, sometimes gentle. But always nourishing and a powerful transformational experience.” E.Cunis, Devon

“This completely blew me away and surpassed all of my expectations by far. Just an incredible experience which has stayed with me for years. I can't thank Lucie enough. She is an outstanding Shiatsu practitioner. I will definitely be booking another session when I'm next in the UK.” Guled

“Receiving shiatsu from Lucie is always a deep and nourishing experience. Each time it is different and her gentle and caring nature puts me at ease instantly. She is very intuitive and is often quite ethereal. Lucie has a way of reading my energy and translating what my body needs. Lucie is not only an exceptional practitioner but has the ability to totally hold the space for me in a completely altruistic way. It is always a profound and healing session.” C.Boyd, London

“I'd had a shiatsu many years ago and though I didn't enjoy the experience with that practitioner I decided to try again after Lucie was strongly recommended by a colleague. Lucie has magic hands and a generosity of spirit which makes you feel genuinely held during the experience and I use the word experience rather than massage because for me that's what it was and has been since. On a physical level after a session I've felt both energised and calm in a way that has felt grounded/earthed. On an emotional level I have been able to release emotions that have been blocked for years and feeling totally safe and not judged in the process. Lucie has a huge capacity to simply be there for you, it's a rare thing indeed. Thank you Lucie ever grateful.” D. Asante, London.

“The effects of Lucie's keen intuition and warm spritely charm continue to impact my daily life. And it becomes more moving for me as time passes and the seeds that were planted all those years ago begin to sprout and bud. Over seven years ago I was embroiled in a not uncommon tangle of anxiety and stress and negative habit patterns. With Shiatsu and macrobiotics very much in her heart Lucie made gentle suggestions and pursued a line of mind/bodywork that aided my body to start the process of rebooting. A huge amount of love and gratitude to Lucie, as always.” A.Butler, freelance designer/maker/project manager. Cornwall