Ann Whitwham DipBSS, RCST, MBACP(Accred)
The Retreat Farm
I am fascinated by the mind body connection, so I really enjoy working with people who recognise that their physical aches or pain is linked to either to current stress or to past emotional emotional pain or abuse. I am happy to work with others too.
Shiatsu and Craniosacral therapy aim to support the body in its own self healing process, for which I have tremendous respect. Neither of them is a substitute for medical treatment.
Both therapies take place fully clothed; shiatsu on a padded mat on the floor and craniosacral therapy on a treatment couch. Shiatsu is usually more physical than craniosacral therapy, which uses a very light touch. Clients can choose which they prefer, though I am happy to discuss which one may be more appropriate in any given situation.
I am a member of the Shiatsu Society and the Craniosacral Therapy Association.
I have a separate part time career in counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Shiatsu-do 2001 from British School of Shiatsu-do
Postgraduate Diploma in Movement Shiatsu 2011 from School for Experiential Education
Diploma in Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy 2013 from Body Intelligence
Certificate to teach Chi Kung 2005 from College of Elemental Chi Kung
Completion of Refinement year (4th year of study) 2008 from College of Elemental Chi Kung
Diploma in Humanistic Therapeutic Counselling from Colchester Institute 2000
Certificate in Counselling for Depression 2013
I have earned my living from shiatsu and counselling since 2003, and have been able to offer craniosacral therapy since qualifying in September 2013.
I have varied experience working with many different client groups.
Accredited register membership
Shiatsu or craniosacral therapy £45 per session (hour)
Shiatsu or craniosacral therapy plus individually recommended chi kung
£55 (hour and a half)
Chi kung is an ancient Chinese Healing Art consisting of gentle warm ups and simple flowing forms. My experience is that spending only 20 minutes per day of practice will support and enhance any bodywork treatments.
In cases of hardship, I am able to offer a small number of sessions each month at a reduced fee.
If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition you should consult your GP for advice, diagnosis and treatment and always inform your health professional before starting any alternative or additional therapies, treatments or making any major changes in your diet or exercise programme.
Maps & Directions
Retreat Farm; Monday, Friday and Saturday. Other times by negotiation. Kingsford Centre: By arrangement