Ann Whitwham

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Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4BZ
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About me

I am fascinated by the mind body connection, so I really enjoy working with people who recognise a link between their physical aches or pain and either current stress or past emotional emotional pain or abuse.  I am happy to work with less complex issues 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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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The Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK (CSTA)

The Craniosacral Therapy Association of the UK (CSTA) is a professional organisation which regulates the practice of Craniosacral Therapy in the UK.

Members of the CSTA (registered as RCST) are only permitted to practice after they have graduated from an accredited training school or college and must agree to comply with the Association's Code of Ethics.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

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Accredited register membership

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
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Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council

Therapies offered


£50.00 per session

Additional information

Option 1

Shiatsu or craniosacral therapy                        £50 per session (hour)

Option 2

Shiatsu or craniosacral therapy plus individually recommended chi kung

                                                                      £60 (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.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Retreat Farm; Friday and Saturday. Other times by negotiation.

If you have been diagnosed with or suspect you may have a pre-existing medical condition, please consult your GP for advice before starting any new therapies.

The Retreat Farm, Bassetts Lane, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4BZ

Type of session

In person

Key details

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Ann Whitwham
Ann Whitwham