Lisa Snelling has been a member of the Shiatsu Society since December 2002. She qualified in 2005 and works near her home in Sheffield for a local charity and also in her private clinic which she co-runs with two colleagues. In addition to her shiatsu work, Lisa is also an academic and has a background in health services research and she completed a PhD in health psychology looking at the effect of the treating practitioner in the delivery of shiatsu to people with multiple sclerosis. She is keen to include anyone who has an interest in accessing or indeed learning the art and providing shiatsu professionally or to friends and family.
In her words:
I work with any condition or issue. I have the privilege of being one of a team of therapists who provide support through shiatsu treatments to people whose lives are affected by cancer at a Sheffield charity, Cavendish Cancer Care. Treatments are available at the cancer headquarters on Wilkinson Street in Sheffield and I also work on the hospital wards at the Weston Park Cancer Centre. I have worked here for the last 11 years and also co-run and provide shiatsu from 4 Good Health Clinic in Nether Edge Sheffield. I do offer home treatments but limit this to people who are paralysed or non-ambulatory. These tend to be people with Motor Neurone Disease but also those with Multiple Sclerosis.
In addition to providing shiatsu treatments, I am the course director for a career enhancing portfolio of Masters programmes for Shiatsu practitioners, acupuncturists and nutrition therapists at the Northern College of Acupuncture, York. I am actively involved in research through supervision of Masters dissertations, writing up my own research in the field of shiatsu for which I was awarded a PhD in 2020.