I am a qualified teacher and practitioner as well as a Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society (MRSS T) and of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council. Both these memberships recognise that I have undergone a recognised Shiatsu training and regular CPD – attending post graduate courses, peer support groups, and undertaking personal study.
I graduated from the Glasgow School of Shiatsu in 1992 having studied the Zen Shiatsu (Masunaga) style, including Five Element (Chinese Medicine) theory, anatomy, pathology and counselling skills, plus related exercises and diet.
I have continued to further my studies, concentrating on Shiatsu during pregnancy and with babies and children (working with Suzanne Yates and Peter Walker), Shiatsu as part of cancer care, and working with those who are HIV positive and their carers. I have worked a lot recently with those with depression and am dealing daily with clients who suffer back, neck and shoulder pain.
I have practised Shiatsu in various settings, notably Scottish Widows (two-and-a-half years), The Scottish Office, and Body Positive.
Past teaching experience includes weekly adult beginners classes and weekend courses for The City of Edinburgh Council, independently-run, one-day starter workshops, five-week courses of Baby Shiatsu for parents of new-born babies, and a series of Baby Massage/Shiatsu training seminars for Health Visitors for Fife Health Board throughout the Kingdom. I have also pioneered parent-child Shiatsu workshops in which adults and older children are taught effective techniques for giving Shiatsu to each other. This has received some media attention.
In 2000 I started The Shiatsu School Edinburgh with two colleagues, Audicia Morley and Cynthia Shuken. We offer one-, two- and three-year courses for both personal development and full Shiatsu Practitioner Training. The course is open to those who have some experience of Shiatsu although it is possible to join the course in other circumstances if agreed with the tutors beforehand.
I was also a founding Director of the East West Shiatsu School Scotland, the advanced training facility of the Shiatsu School Edinburgh and the Glasgow School of Shiatsu, with Elaine Liechti.
I have been a member of The Shiatsu Society (UK) for all of my professional career, gaining the professionally recognised level, MRSS, in 1985, and have served both as a board member and Chair. I have participated in a major European research project, and am informed and up-to-date with current developments and themes in Shiatsu and other general complementary therapy fields.