I began my Shiatsu journey in 2015, enrolling on the Foundation Course with the Northern School of Shiatsu in Sheffield. I had received a single Shiatsu treatment from a friend who was completing the three-year Diploma and I was instantly intrigued. The treatment felt wonderful, and was different from anything I had experienced. I was drawn to the process of self-development and self-healing that Shiatsu could offer me. I graduated from the Northern School in 2018 and have four years’ experience giving and receiving this restorative and unique form of therapy (including training years). I am a fully insured Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society (MrSS) and also a member of Shiatsu Health Point.

In 2018, I completed a placement at the Well Women Centre in Wakefield, offering low cost Shiatsu to women who would not ordinarily be able to access the therapy. It was this experience that taught me there was a real need for Shiatsu in Wakefield! In August 2018, I became the third Director of In Touch Massage and Holistic Therapies CIC, a social enterprise in north Leeds aiming to make complementary therapies more accessible to everyone, including socially excluded and low income groups. My work with this organisation continues on an unpaid basis.

As time goes on, I am constantly developing the practical and theoretical application of Shiatsu, and my knowledge, confidence and professionalism are growing at a remarkable speed. I am now working as Course Assistant with new students of Shiatsu at the Northern School in Sheffield, and this amazing experience helps to consolidate the knowledge and experience I already have. It is very grounding, and means I have consistent contact with and supervision from the wonderful Carol Dean, Principal of the school. I also access CPD courses via the school and receive regular Shiatsu from the school’s students.

My professional background prior to discovering Shiatsu was very varied. I have worked in the fields of publishing, communications, international relations, mental health, housing, advocacy, law and education. I live in Morley in south Leeds and I have a three-year-old baby girl.

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