Shiatsu is a healing art with it’s origins in Traditional Chinese medicine and Acupuncture. It evolved in Japan (where it is a government registered therapy) and in the west in recent years to become a sophisticated and versatile approach to meet the needs of the contemporary client.
Shiatsu involves diagnostic healing touch and bodywork techniques without the use of needles. It is a non-invasive and client led experience.
With deep listening, not only to the body's expression but also to what is being experienced by the client in relation to their well-being, shiatsu sessions provide a truly holistic and supportive experience.
Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy has developed from the osteopathic tradition as an effective way to lightly touch yet connect deeply and powerfully with the healing intention of the body, easing and resolving deep restrictions or embedded trauma.
Both these therapies are received through clothing in a private and confidential environment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have trained extensively for more than 28 years to deepen my work so I can offer the most effective and current approach. This has included qualifying as a counsellor. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
For many years prior to moving to Kent, I taught Shiatsu alongside a busy London practice and worked extensively in a multidisciplinary team with children and babies with profound and multiple disabilities. I also worked with people with immunity related conditions including cancer and HIV.
I studied craniosacral therapy in part to extend my skills with the babies and young children that I was working with at the time and to satisfy a deep interest that resonated with my research into meditation and healing.
I love both these therapies and am endlessly fascinated by the intelligence and innate healing capacity within the body that is revealed.
I am currently taking part in an exploration and study of somatic psychotherapy, Authentic Movement and Body Mind Centering with inspirational teacher, Joan Davis. Her current practice is called Original Nature and involves spiritual enquiry.
I bring all my skills to bodywork sessions which are tailored individually. I incorporate counselling, somatic awareness, focusing skills and bodywork.
Diploma in Shiatsu - British School of Shiatsu-Do- 1996
Post Graduate Diploma -British School of Shiatsu-Do 1997
Diploma in Healing-Shiatsu -Healing Shiatsu Education Centre- 2000
I trained extensively at The Orchard with Sonia Moriceau. She taught her deeply wonderful approach called Healing- Shiatsu, which further incorporated Buddhist practices some now widely known but little understood, called “mindfulness”, (satipattana) and Zen. We studied Vipassana and Tibetan Buddhist practices together with truly inspirational and phenomenal Teacher Namgyal Rinpoche at Maitreya House in Herefordshire, which I helped to found.
Diploma Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy - Karuna Institute - 2001
With the pioneer of the biodynamic approach and inspirational teacher, Franklyn Sills
Diploma in Counselling -InterPsyche and Kent and Medway NHS Social Care and Partnership Trust- 2011
I worked for several years as a counsellor with the NHS and currently work in private practice in Canterbury developing my own integrated approach.
Original Nature with Joan Davis, Gorsehill, Ireland 2018-2021.
Cardiovascular Biodynnamic Craniosacral Therapy. Post graduate seminars with Michael Shea since 2004.
Pioneer, and magnificent researcher, expanding our understanding of the embryological heart field. He is continually developing the clinical applications for the heart and the digestive system with the phenomena of primary respiration.
I am Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to the code of ethics.
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Sessions usually cost £50 and usually last between an hour to an hour and 15 minutes.
The first session costs £60 and lasts upto an hour and a half.
Sessions at Spring Gardens clinic cost £55 for an hour, and £65 for an hour and a half
I am open to discuss costs at the first session, or prior to the first session should you wish to.
Individual counselling sessions are available at Spring Gardens Clinic in Canterbury and in Whitstable. These sessions do not involve bodywork although I do include awareness of the body and incorporate this into an integrated approach. If you wish to lie on a couch for your session then this can be arranged.
If you are interested in an integrated counselling approach that involves touch then I recommend stating this in your contact and we can arrange either a shiatsu or craniosacral therapy session to explore this.
Please see my listing on the Counselling Directory website for further information.
Counselling sessions are £45 for 50 minutes.
- Also registered with Counselling Directory
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
Type of session
Weekdays by arrangement