I am fitter and stronger for practising Shiatsu. I used to suffer from lower back pain but this condition seems to be one I've managed well. My posture and approach to life have been greatly improved and Shiatsu has opened me up to living a more conscious and sustainable life.
I became interested in shiatsu after a session I received made a startling difference to lower back pain I was experiencing at the time. I decided to study shiatsu with the Bristol school. After this memorable first year, I trained with the Healing Shiatsu Education Centre in Wales whose principal teacher was Sonia Moriceau from 1988 to 1995. In 1996 I qualified to be on the register of the UK Shiatsu Society (MRSS). I am committed to life-long learning and Self-development.
If you look around with an open heart and the light shining in your eyes, we can feel the beauty of life, the World we share. My passion is to bring Spirit into both my life and yours by whatever means possible using all six senses including intuition such as Five Rhythms movement, the verve of a Samba class, practising yoga, playing tennis and indeed from whatever it is that makes you feel good. This groove can be strengthened by honouring the rhythms of Nature. My purpose in shiatsu sessions is to kindle that spark.
In the Oriental movement arts such as Karate, Judo and less combative forms like T'ai Chi, one of the key elements of practice is learning to move from the Belly or Hara. Posture improves, and everyday actions eg DIY tasks are easier to accomplish. You actually feel more centred in the energy of your own being.
Shiatsu is a way of listening to what is going on from the perspective of your body first and foremost, rather than from your mind. Developing a subtlety in looking beneath more obvious signs and symptoms is the path of being a shiatsu therapist. Shiatsu therefore honours Spirit as well as the body.
On a practical level, when receiving Shiatsu, you may let go into a deeper place of rest and relaxation, which happens without any of your "doing", This rest acts like a safety valve setting you free from mental activity and any sense of being a "You" that needs to get better. A rejuvenating factor at play.
For two consecutive years ie 2015/16, my Shiatsu journey has taken me to Sarajevo, making a small contribution to relieving the suffering of the people from the terrible wars in the mid 1990's that so ravaged Bosnia, Sarajevo itself and its oppressed people. I've experienced a great boost to my confidence and skills from providing 50-60 sessions over a fortnight with the local people who attend the clinics there.