I am a qualified teacher and practitioner, a Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society UK (FwSS T (teacher)) and registrant of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Both these associations acknowledge that I have undergone a recognised Shiatsu training and undertake regular continuing professional development.
I work as a full-time Shiatsu practitioner and teacher, and my first book, ‘Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice – a guide to holistic bodywork in palliative care’ will be published by Singing Dragon (Hachette) on 21 August 2020. I travel a lot: teaching, giving Shiatsu and seeing the world. I am currently on the Complementary Therapy team at my local Hospice in Edinburgh; in London, I am a member of the CNHC Profession Specific Board for Shiatsu; and I edit the summer Shiatsu Society Journal.
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 continued to further my studies, concentrating on Shiatsu during pregnancy and with babies and children (working with Suzanne Yates and Peter Walker). I have also undertaken additional study on Shiatsu as part of cancer care; and working with those who are HIV positive and their carers. I have worked with those who have depression, and am dealing daily with clients who suffer back, neck and shoulder pain.
Where I have worked
I have practised Shiatsu in a vast range of settings, notably Scottish Widows, The Scottish Office, and Body Positive.
Past teaching experience includes adult education classes for The City of Edinburgh Council; introductory workshops; baby Shiatsu for parents and new-borns; and Baby Massage/Shiatsu training seminars for Health Visitors for Fife Health Board throughout the Kingdom. I pioneered parent-child Shiatsu workshops in which adults and older children are taught effective techniques for giving Shiatsu to each other, which received some media attention.
In 2000 I started The Shiatsu School Edinburgh with colleagues, Audicia Morley and Cynthia Shuken. Gabi Irvine is now the Director of the school which offers courses for both personal development and Practitioner Training. I was one of the founding Directors of the East West Shiatsu School Scotland.
I have been a member of The Shiatsu Society (UK) throughout my professional career, gaining FwSS (Fellow of the Register of the Shiatsu Society, from 1985), and have served both as a board member and Chair of that organisation. 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.
About my new book Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice, A Guide to Holistic Bodywork in Palliative Care