Shiatsu is an ancient Japanese therapy that literally translated means ‘finger pressure’. Like acupuncture, shiatsu works on pressure points and meridians, or energy pathways. But instead of needles, a shiatsu practitioner uses their fingers, thumbs and sometimes elbows, knees, hands and feet to massage pressure points and meridians, restoring balance to the flow of vital energy, or Qi, in the body.
I started studying Shiatsu in 1997. At the time I was working in a charity in London. Shiatsu gradually came to become the new direction for my life. In 2004 we moved from London to Frome, Somerset.
I then added the Bowen Technique and Thai Foot Massage to my skills.
As of March 2013 I completed the first year of Donna Eden’s Energy Medicine training, which focuses on how we can adapt our systems to meet the new stresses – be it chemical, emotional, physical or spiritual – that we have never met before in our evolution.
British School of Shiatsu – 2001
Thai Foot Massage – 2005
Bowen Technique – 2007
Studying Eden Energy Medicine
Member of the Complementary Therapist’s Association
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Monday 9.30 – 1.30 pm
My personal experience of this form of bodywork is a profound sense of ‘coming home’ both physically and emotionally. I believe our fears and anxieties, hopes and dreams, can be best explored from a place of peace and ease in the body.
Leaving mental clutter behind and relaxing in to our physical being can allow for the calm, wise and intuitive core of ourselves to come forward. From this grounded place we are more able to create meaningful, connected and fulfilling lives.
Shiatsu can help with a wide range of health problems including all kinds of aches and pains, insomnia, digestive, respiratory and circulatory problems, fatigue, as well as many kinds of emotional and mental problems such as anxiety, stress, tension and depression. It incorporates the use of meridians and acupressure points from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), along with the practitioner’s skilled intuition and sensitivity.
For more information about my Shiatsu treatments, please visit my website www.kirstyharper.com or feel free to call me on 07976 213226.
Shiatsu Diploma in Theory & Practice (Bristol School of Shiatsu 2012-2015)
Life Coaching Skills & Practice L2&3 (Newcastle College 2007-2008)
BA(hons) Geog & Environmental Studies incl. Psychology & Philosophy modules (UWE)
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