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Shiatsu is a Japanese manual body work based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine. This practice is an art of sensibility through the hands. It uses gentle touch and pressure through thumbs and hands on energetic pathways related to our bodily functions and organs. Shiatsu stimulates the circulation of Ki. Ki belongs to the domain of sensing. It can be perceived as 'breath', original vitality, movement, the energy that unifies body and mind, the 'wind that animates all forms in nature'. Ki is life

Fundamentally, Body has a natural capacity to regain its balance. Shiatsu stimulates our inherent capacity of self-regulation and therefore contributes to a stronger ability to adapt to surrounding conditions. A specific context is created in which body∞mind dive into deep relaxation while it is stimulated the inherent and regenerative force of our being. Shiatsu also stimulates awakening of sensitivity, body ∞ mind awareness and it contributes to a general well-being. 

In Japanese 'Kokyu' means 'Respiration' - the movement of life where 'Ko' refers to breathing out and 'Kyu' to breathing in. 



“The gardener does not make the garden grow. Nature does. The gardener only serves to create conditions to the fertility and vitality of the garden.”


Like the gardener, my role as a technician, is to create conditions favorable to (re)awaken and strengthening the inherent potential for self-regulation. The role of the practitioner is to cultivate life.


The work is based on ‘breath’ and ‘breathing together’, on deep listening and sensing, on direct communication from heart to heart, on authentic contact through the hands. Fundamentally this contact is made from the practitioners hara (center of gravity) to the person’s core and the life that animates the person. Each human being is unique therefore each session is unique.



Since young age I have been interested and attracted to the Oriental traditional approach of life, body and nature. Shiatsu has appeared within my path as a natural consequence of this interest.


In 2016 I became a certificated shiatsu practitioner from Iokai Shiatsu Amsterdam as well the European Academy of Iokai Shiatsu Certificate under supervision of Kazunori Sasaki Sensei. In 2018, I received the certificate on Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology from Shenzhou Open University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Amsterdam.


Since 2015 I opened my own shiatsu practice - Kokyu Shiatsu Amsterdam. In 2020 the practice changed its name to Kokyu Shiatsu. Currently the practice happens on various locations: Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Ericeira (Portugal).

1992 - 1997 - I.S.P.A - University of Psychology in Lisbon – with a specialisation in Clinical Psychology


1997 - 2001 - HKA - Dance Academy in Arnhem, The Netherlands


2001 – until now – professional dancer, improviser and creator of own artistic work. During this period I delved into different somatic practices both in trainings as well auto-didactic studies such as Body Mind Centring, Authentic Movement, Movement Shiatsu, Chi kung among others. (


2006 - 2010 – work and sharing life style with master Min Tanaka at the Body Weather farm in Japan. A profound experience that radically changed, deepened and determined my future path and perception of Body and life in general.


Since 2013 until now – I dove deeply into the practice of Aikido and Katsugen Undo  (Regenerating Movement) under a direct guidance from Régis Soavi Sensei, from the Ecole Itsuo Tsuda. Here respiratory practice is central. This practice has been taking since then a vital and fundamental place in my life, forming a strong foundation within my path.



Shiatsu session (90 min) – 75 €     


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Appointments possible 7 days a week from 8.00 till 21.00

During a shiatsu session the person is fully dressed and lays down on a futon (thick traditional Japanese mattress) placed on the floor.


It is advisable to use comfortable, warm clothes and if possible of natural materials such as cotton. Preferably no make-up and no perfume. The session takes about 1,5h.

There is no reimbursement from the insurance companies. 


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Shiatsu Centrum Amsterdam

Lutmastraat 182a,

1073 HG Amsterdam


Sandhi House

Largo de Santa Marta Ericeira 14b,
2655-357 Ericeira


Ericeira Yoga Studio

Rua de São Félix, 12 G,
​2655-362 Ericeira


'In her shiatsu sessions, Ana Leonor takes the time and great care to listen and understand one's situation and provides a thorough and compassionate treatment, complemented with health and lifestyle advice, with a level of professionalism that brings confidence and trust in her competence and personal attention to her clients.'


Anne A.S.K
Finance and Funding Administrator

'Ana Leonor feels intuitively which parts of the body need more attention. You can feel she has great respect for the human body. Her sessions are wonderful and filled with warmth and loving care.' 


Jacqueline J. 


'Shiatsu can be a wonderful yet intense experience that has the power to open an unlock long forgotten fluidity and energy hidden in everyday life. Ana Ladas supports and guides in this delicate and intricate process, with great awareness, sensitivity and intuition making one feel safe and secure to go or let go, whichever is necessary in the given moment.'


Josephine B. 


'The depth of her listening through her deep touch invites our body and our soul to connect to deeper sources of energies.Thank you Ana.'




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Ana Leonor Ladas

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