Shiatsu offers an encounter with yourself
“You bring me back to my centre”, is how one of my clients described her feeling after a consultation. Beautifully put, I thought. She was referring to how I bring mind, body and feeling in balance with each other. And to how I help her ‘feel as one’ again, purely by therapeutic touch. To me, that’s what shiatsu is all about: getting to the core of the issue together. On the mat we will look at how you are doing, what you are feeling and what you really want from life. The beauty of shiatsu is that it also offers me a mirror. I become more conscious of who I am and what I want. I see this profession as a way of life. My choice for this career followed from my desire to both move and be still. By combining these two, I heal myself. Like dancing, yoga and meditation, for me shiatsu is a way to relax and come to myself.
I followed the four-year professional Iokai Shiatsu training at the Amsterdam School for Iokai Shiatsu. Part of this training is a two-year professional course in Fundamentals of Western Medicine. Since 2008 I have been working fulltime as a shiatsu therapist.
In recent years I have followed a number of continuing trainings. For example, in 2018-2019 I followed a specialisation course Woman and Health with Suzanne Yates of the renowned institute Well Mother in Bristol. This way I gained additional knowledge about preventing and healing complaints related to pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
‘The art of life’
Are you curious about my vision on shiatsu? Watch this clip in which I talk about my work for the professional Iokai Shiatsu training.
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