I came to SHIATSU through an interest in oriental health practices and energy work which started with a T’ai Chi class about 25 years ago. I was amazed at how quickly and easily I could transform from stressed and tired to calm and energised. Later I discovered shiatsu which added the extra dimension of touch. Within shiatsu I found a sense of calmness, grounding and acceptance, and a growing fascination with the body and mind.
Following three years of training and clinical practice I was awarded a ‘Diploma in Shiatsu’ from the European Shiatsu School in November 2004. After further independent assessment I was admitted as a Member of the professional Register of the Shiatsu Society in June 2005 (that's the MRSS after my name). I have been working as a shiatsu practitioner ever since, and it is now my full time and fulfilling career.
I don’t think I really started to mature as a practitioner until my own chronic health challenges came to a head in 2009. People often told me I was the healthiest person they knew, yet underneath I was struggling to function both physically and mentally. This was the start of an ongoing journey for me to really understand, from the inside out, how I could best support and nurture my own health. This experience has brought a renewed motivation and deeper level to the shiatsu treatments I offer to others.
I now practice Shiatsu Shintai, a form of shiatsu developed by Saul Goodman with an emphasis on clearing stress from the body and stimulating the body’s own healing potential. I continue to study Shintai and develop my skills, as well as regularly receive treatments.
My personal experience means I’m particularly interested in working with stress and chronic health issues (from the niggles to the biggies) that are affecting someone’s quality of life. Too many people struggle when they don’t have to.
"Lis is a serious professional and a gifted practitioner. I recommend Lis' sessions to everyone interested in trying the healing powerful potential of shiatsu"