Matt Woods MRSS(T) CNHC
I have 21 years of experience working as a Shiatsu practitioner and Teacher working in Brighton and Worthing. I treat a wide variety of people with issues such as musculo-skeletal problems, stress-related problems and chronic health issues. I tailor the treatments for the individual and will aim to give advice based on Traditional Chinese medicine such as diet or exercises.
Training, qualifications & experience
Beginning with a long-standing practice of meditation and Yoga, it felt like a natural progression to go into oriental bodywork.
I graduated from the Shiatsu College professional training course in 1999 in which I studied Shiatsu, Chinese Medicine and anatomy, physiology and pathology. I currently practise at the Brighton Shiatsu Centre and at Henry House pain and stress management Centre in Worthing.
I also practise Shiatsu at the detox project for Brighton Housing Trust working with people with substance misuse problems.
Qigong and Taiji:
Since graduating I have also studied Chinese medicine, Buqi therapy, Taiji and Taijiwuxigong (a form of Qi Gong) with the renowned international teacher Dr. Shen Hongxun. I feel this study has deepened and expanded my Shiatsu practice.
I have also pursued an interest in Sei Ki, a less structured form of energy work that has been developed from Shiatsu by Akinobu Kishi involving simple movement exercises solo and in connection with a partner. In particular this approach for me represents a deeper connection in treatment in which the clients have the opportunity to rediscover their own healing potential.
In addition I have trained in Ear Acupuncture at the Yuan College of traditional Medicine, and have specialised in giving Ear Acupuncture to people with HIV, Hepatitis C, drug or alcohol problems in community projects.
I have spent a number of years giving Shiatsu to people with chronic health issues including HIV and AIDS, M.E. and M.S. Between 1998 and 2004 I practised Shiatsu at the Sussex Beacon, an HIV and AIDS respite and day care centre in Brighton.
Traditional Chinese (and of course Japanese) medicine forms an important part of an holistic healthcare package and has a long history of treating conditions that are sometimes more difficult for western medicine.
I am trained as a Shiatsu Teacher (registered as such with the Shiatsu Society). I have been teaching courses in Brighton and Lewes for 13 years.
I am currently teaching on the Shiatsu College professional training course in Brighton and London as well as beginner’s courses and workshops in Sussex.
I also teach a Qigong class in Brighton on Monday mornings.
I live with my wife and two boys in Hove.
Registered / Accredited
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Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council
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Members must abide by the CNHC Code of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and hold current professional indemnity insurance.
The Shiatsu Society
The Shiatsu Society was founded to promote awareness and practice of Shiatsu in the UK. The society has established their own set of requirements for registration and all members have completed a minimum of 3 years training (minimum of 500 hours), are assessed by the society on a case by case basis, are fully insured and adhere to the society's Code of Conduct and Ethics.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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I charge £45 per session which lasts an hour. Concessionary rates are possible by individual arrangement.