I began my Shiatsu journey in 2015, enrolling on the Foundation Course with the Northern School of Shiatsu in Sheffield. I had received a single Shiatsu treatment from a friend who was completing the three-year Diploma and I was instantly intrigued. The treatment felt wonderful, and was different from anything I had experienced. I was drawn to the process of self development and healing that Shiatsu could offer. I graduated from the Northern School in 2018 and therefore now have six years’ experience giving and receiving this restorative and unique form of therapy, including training years. I am a fully insured Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society (MrSS).
From January to June 2018 I completed a placement at the Well Women Centre in Wakefield, offering low cost Shiatsu to women who would not ordinarily be able to access the therapy. It was this experience that taught me there was a real need for Shiatsu in Wakefield.
In August 2018 I also became the third Director of In Touch Massage and Holistic Therapies CIC, a social enterprise in north Leeds aiming to make complementary therapies more accessible to everyone, including socially excluded and low income groups. My work with this organisation continues on an unpaid basis.
I also worked as Course Assistant with Year 1-3 students of Shiatsu at the Northern School in Sheffield, and this amazing experience helped to consolidate the knowledge and experience I already had. It was very grounding, and I had consistent contact with and supervision from school principal Carol Dean.
My professional background prior to discovering Shiatsu was very varied. I have worked in the fields of publishing, communications, international relations, mental health, housing, advocacy, law and education. I live in Stanley, Wakefield, and have a young daughter.