Welcome to the third interview in a series with female leaders, teachers and practitioners in the holistic therapeutic fields. These are women whose teaching has inspired me and I have been keen to learn more about their personal philosophy, experiences and the influences on their professional practice. I hope you enjoy hearing their story too! Let us know your thoughts, Nicole.
Cindy Engel BSc PhD of WildHealth BodyWork offers health support via Qigong, Neigong, Tai chi, and hands-on therapeutic bodywork. She has been a professional bodyworker for over 18 years. Her Qigong instruction is accredited by the College of Elemental Chi Kung (London), Dragon & Tiger Qigong of Energy Arts International (Bruce Frantzis), and Taoist Internal Alchemy (trained in Wudang, China, with teacher Hu Xuezhi, author of Revealing the Tao Te Ching). She is an instructor and continuing student with Lotus Neigong (Damo Mitchell). She is a graduate and post graduate of The Shiatsu College (Norwich) and is a certified instructor of Fascial Fitness (Robert Schleip). With a thriving practice in Suffolk/Norfolk, she has taught bodywork therapy for dogs both in the UK and Europe. She has a PhD in the physiological correlates of behaviour in mammals from the University of East Anglia, UK.
Welcome to the second interview in a series with female leaders, teachers and practitioners in the holistic therapeutic fields. These are women whose teaching has inspired me and I have been keen to learn more about their personal philosophy, experiences and the influences on their professional practice. I hope you enjoy hearing their story too! Let us know your thoughts, Nicole.
Profile: Alice Whieldon, MA PhD SFHEA MRSS(T)
Alice has spent her life researching the keys to what helps in finding fulfilment and acting less from old traumas and patterns. In 1985 she came across Shiatsu and it was this work, along with the Enlightenment Intensives, that struck particularly strong chords for her. She has remained a student of both disciplines ever since.
In 1997, she also met Kishi Akinobu, internationally renowned Shiatsu master, however, in 1980, Kishi began to develop his work in a new direction called Seiki which is within the Shiatsu tradition and a development of that work. When Alice met Kishi she recognised the key she was looking for. When in 2008 Alice suggested they write a book together, Kishi was keen on the idea and Sei-ki: Life in Resonance, The Secret Art of Shiatsu was published in 2011. Kishi died in 2012 but Alice continues to work with Seiki.
She has also spent time training in and practicing Mind Clearing. Mind Clearing is based, like Seiki, on the principle that there is an essential person that is not the mind and not the body. In 2016 her book, Mind Clearing: the key to mindfulness mastery was published by Singing Dragon, London and Philadelphia.
Welcome to the first interview in a series with female leaders, teachers and practitioners in the holistic therapeutic fields. These are women whose teaching has inspired me and I have been keen to learn more about their personal philosophy, experiences and the influences on their professional practice. I hope you enjoy hearing their story too! Let us know your thoughts, Nicole.
Profile: Dinah John BA MRSS(T), Shiatsu Practitioner and Principal of The Shiatsu College Norwich
Originally an English graduate who taught English at Language schools in Cambridge and for a year in Sudan, Dinah was introduced to Shiatsu by Clifford Andrews in 1985 and has studied with and worked alongside him since then. Dinah is a popular teacher, invited regularly to schools on the Continent as well as in the UK, where her clarity of presentation, breadth of experience and her enthusiasm are widely appreciated. Dinah is the principal of the Shiatsu College Norwich. Dinah has taught along with the founder teachers on Shiatsu College Post-Graduate CPD courses for many years and is also a long-standing editor of the Shiatsu Society Newsletter.
Written by Nicole Bayes, Shiatsu Practitioner MRSS (tt) and Marketing Manager www.nicolebayes.com
Kindly edited by Tasmin Rohman and Dinah John, Principal of the Shiatsu College.
Marketing can be an emotional topic for some of us, especially for holistic practitioners I find. Why? Because the subject of marketing actually taps into some far deeper personal issues and can highlight unresolved internal conflicts. When we embark on a new marketing project these sensitive issues can be triggered, particularly for those of us who are self-employed and when working with clients, I am aware of this.
If you feel opposed to engaging in a programme of marketing, perhaps read the following topics and consider if they may be the cause of some resistance. I am sure there will be reasons other than the ones presented - the simplest being, that marketing is just not an area of interest for you. If that is the case, then hopefully you are able to afford to outsource support. If you have limited resources however, and need to do the marketing yourself, then these areas might provide a working ground for reflection to support the next step for your business.
Written by Nicole Bayes MRSS (tt)
Editing and support by Dinah John MRSS (T), Principal of Norwich Shiatsu College
We have recently started back with the new term at the Shiatsu College in Norwich. Now I’m a Shiatsu practitioner - an enjoyable and life-enriching journey (if daunting at times!) - and I’m attending classes this year as a Teacher in Training (tt). I found myself reflecting on the whole 3 year training process and realised there were some key pieces of advice I found especially helpful along the way, which gave me valuable perspectives on my whole learning experience. They still provide valuable touchstones in my unending sense of discovery as a Shiatsu practitioner and I hope they might prove useful to you too on your path. I am of course indebted to my friends and teachers for their knowledge and the wisdom that has brought me to these understandings.
1. You can trust in the healing power of touch
Training in Shiatsu, at its heart, is learning to tune into subtle energy in the body, a unique and undeveloped skill in our society, and not something we are used to practising. We do this in a fun, relaxed environment, making it far easier than you would imagine. Yet when it comes to giving a treatment, trying to connect with someone's energy meridians can feel elusive and intimidating, particularly as you want your receiver to feel some benefit! I would say ‘don't worry’. Your client will gain from the session even if you sense very little.
In my first year, during the feedback session after treating a friend, I was fretting about how blank the feeling had been under my hands at moments during the treatment. I have never forgotten what she said, as it was so useful, reassuring and true: 'Don't worry you're learning and your receiver isn't aware of that. Touch alone is very powerful and healing, you can trust in that'. It's true. Remember most people receive very little physical contact in their daily lives, so simply being, receiving contact and body weight is hugely soothing and healing. You can trust in that, the rest will come. You don't need to be a Shiatsu Master for someone to benefit from your treatment.