Healing Hands Shiatsu

Specialises in pregnancy and postnatal support to create harmony and balance within the body, helping you to cope with everyday stresses, particularly those associated with becoming a new mum. Although we specialise in pregnancy, we offer Shiatsu to everyone, as it is beneficial at any stage of life.

Healing Hands Shiatsu strongly believes in self-care and supporting people to obtain their own optimal wellbeing. As no two people are the same, treatments are tailored to each person's individual needs. By combining the use of Eastern and Western approaches, you can achieve the best possible health outcomes.

“Nurture yourself first, take care of your needs so that you can then take care of others.” - Catheryn Whyte


Shiatsu is a Japanese form of therapeutic bodywork meaning "finger pressure" and is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese medicine. Shiatsu uses a slow, deep pressure to release blockages in the body’s energy flow. Shiatsu is calming and relaxing in nature, yet dynamic in effect to restore balance. The human body has self-healing powers, which are amazing when properly activated.

Shiatsu is effective for the following conditions:

• Headaches and migraines
• Stress, tension and emotional distress
• Tiredness and lack of motivation
• Back, neck and shoulder tension
• Digestive problems
• Support during pregnancy and postnatal recovery
• Trauma, accidents and whiplash
• Cold, flu and or respiratory problems
• Weak immune system
• Muscular aches and pains
• General wellbeing

Treatments are performed on a futon on the floor, so wearing loose comfy clothing is advisable. Avoid eating a large meal 1 hour prior to treatments.


These oriental therapies are often used in conjunction with shiatsu treatments to relieve pain and tension and draw out toxins from the body. They are highly effective to relieve symptoms of cold, flu, fever, respiratory disorders, pain and stiffness.


A combination of both Eastern and Western philosophies are used to suit your individual needs. Advice on what foods to eat and appropriate lifestyle changes will lead to improved health and vitality. You will feel empowered as you take control of your life.
Having a baby is a wonderful and exciting time, however, it can also be an exhausting and anxious time for many new and expectant mums. Shiatsu is highly beneficial for creating balance in the body during and after pregnancy. It can help calm the mind, reducing stress and anxiety.


Pre natal support is developed around specific requirements of the mother to be. A calm, relaxed environment is likely to benefit baby as well as mother. Treatments, whether for the aches and pains of pregnancy or for better coping with birth, or just to help maximise rest and relaxation in the lead up to birth, include gentle Shiatsu, breathing and relaxation techniques, and lifestyle/ dietary advice.


The first few weeks of being a new mum can pass in a daze of love, exhaustion and bewilderment. While your focus is on your new baby, it is really important during this time that you have people around you to ensure that your needs are being cared for also!

Healing Hands Postnatal support offers a home visiting service that provides individualised care and advice. A two hour visit includes gentle relaxation shiatsu, anxiety and stress reduction breathing techniques and practical hands on help, and an opportunity to discuss any specific concerns or questions that you might have in an honest, caring and, importantly, non-judgmental environment. A longer visit can be arranged upon request. Caring for mum, encouraging rest and helping with baby, supports a more relaxed transition into motherhood.


Baby Shiatsu is a beautiful and non-invasive way to support your baby’s development and lay the foundation for a healthy life. It creates a feeling of safety to encourage the bond between mother and baby.

Throughout treatments, techniques are shared on how to correctly handle your baby, and use gentle touch and pressure point massage to ease simple discomforts such as wind pain and sleep difficulties.

Shiatsu is offered to babies from birth to 12 months of age, at each stage of development. These techniques encourage bonding and communication, and can also help with calming your baby, strengthening the immune system, as well as supporting the development of movement and perception.


Calm Birth® is empowering prenatal meditation practices to improve childbirth experience. Calm Birth® meditation during pregnancy benefits the mother to be and her partner for a calm and joyful start to the life of their baby. It is a meditation that is taught to both parents to practise daily from approximately 28 weeks gestation until birth. Calm Birth® is beneficial to reduce stress, anxiety, pain and restore balance.

Calm Birth® breathing helps women shift from mind to awareness, bringing two amazing assets to birth: to see and release any anxiety and fear that may arise and an increased ability to keep calm during labour pain. This gives women the skills and power to remain in control even through challenging times or if for some reason there is a need for intervention.
With these methods, the Calm Birth® program offers:

• Nervous system healing in preparation for childbirth
• Strengthening of the immune system in preparation for childbirth
• Anxiety and fear reduction
• Labour management that empowers women during childbirth
• Stress reduction postnatally
• Increased energy levels pre and postnatally

The Calm Birth® program is run over 2 x 2 hour sessions and if needed a follow up 20 minute Skype session.
60 min Shiatsu - $90
90 min Shiatsu - $120
2 hour Pre-natal visit - $160
2 hour Postnatal visit - $160
(with option to extend time if required)
2 x 2 hour Calm Birth® sessions - $350
60 minute initial consultation - $90
45 minute follow up consultation - $70
*Home Visits
Some additional costs for travel may apply
As a midwife and nurse with over 15 years experience and a particular passion for women's health, Catheryn has formed Healing Hands Shiatsu to support and empower women to take control of their own health.

Catheryn is a qualified Shiatsu Practitioner, Calm Birth® Teacher and a Registered Nurse and Midwife providing healing touch to rebalance and restore wellbeing.

Catheryn brings a nurturing compassion to her treatments and a wealth of knowledge and skills. Her mission is to empower women to have choice, education and the ability to raise healthy, happy children.
If you’d like to know more about Healing Hands Shiatsu Toorak treatments or services, please call or email Catheryn, or fill in the form below - I am more than happy to answer any questions you may have.
T 0409 889 972
E catheryn@healinghandsshiatsu.com.au
A 10/693 Malvern Rd, Toorak