New Book

Death and Loss in Shiatsu Practice: A guide to bodywork in palliative care will be published on Friday 21 August 2020.

There will be a launch at the European Shiatsu Congress in Amsterdam 4 – 6 September 2020.

The research I have done while writing this book showed me that Shiatsu is coming to maturity at exactly the time when health services around the world are starting to need what we offer as part of their palliative care policy. Increasingly their reports contain language which is familiar to us – that death is a natural part of life and that care for the dying must be holistic. The World Health Organisation states: ‘Palliative care… affirms life and regards dying as a normal process; intends neither to hasten or postpone death; integrates the psychological and spiritual aspects of patient care’.[1] Between us, we have the expertise to demonstrate and communicate how our multi-levelled approach is exactly what patients are asking for: to find the balance between living well right up to the point of death, and preparing themselves and their loved ones for what comes after. For, death focuses the mind. More about this book (who is it for? what does it cover?)


[1] World Health Organization (2019) Definition of Palliative Care Accessed 1.9.19  https://www.who.int/cancer/palliative/definition/en/

Do you work with patients or clients who are grieving, have received a life-threatening diagnosis, or are close to dying? I would love to hear about you, your beliefs about it, and what you do. Please leave a comment and I hope we can start a discussion with each other, one which furthers this work and supports us as wellbeing practitioners.

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