Shiatsu and QiGong
I first became interested in shiatsu when training as an actor. The wish to investigate further the relationships between breath, body, mind and feelings lead me to study shiatsu and meditation under Sonia Moriceau at The Healing Shiatsu Education Centre (Now The Orchard Dharma Centre) and later with her meditation teacher John Garrie Roshi.
I completed my initial training with Sonia in 1991 and continue to study with some of the country's leading bodywork practitioners including Cliff Andrews, Annie Cryar and Nicola Pooley of the Shiatsu College and, most recently, Dan Stretton and Kulwinder Kaur of the British School of Shiatsu-Do, who have taught me wonderful techniques for releasing tension in the back, neck and shoulders.
What I enjoy most about my work is investigating the source of a condition and seeing the palpable change in a person's being when the source of a tension is finally released: colour comes back to the face, a deep frown suddenly lights up into a smile or simply a long slow release of breath shows that a change has occurred at a profound level and the person is ready to walk their own path again. It is the same in my classes, sometimes a little humour changes the energy in the room as people relax. One of my teachers often says we are not 'treating a symptom' but actually allowing the body to relax and let go of the stress patterns or coping mechanisms that are restricting the free flow of energy and information in the body.
I am particularly interested in the relationship between body and mind and see shiatsu as a practice to enable individuals to foster their own healing resources.