Courses 2019

[PGC] Frome, UK : The Voice of the Organs 
Dates: January 25th, 2019

This workshop is a taster workshop for the 2019 SEED Programme which consists of three three-day modules throughout the year. We will use bodywork, voicework and techniques from dramatherapy to get in touch with the energy of the internal organs

The workshop will be highly experiential and a journey of self-discovery as well as giving a fresh approach to working with clients but you don’t need to work as a therapist to attend this course. The fundamental principle of Movement Shiatsu is to discover ABILITY rather than to focus on curing DISABILITY. This is the theme of the whole year’s programme and this workshop aims to give a direct experience of the profound change of viewpoint one gets if you focus on what you can do rather than trying to solve your problems.

The dates of the four workshops will be Spring Equinox: 22-24 March,   Autumn Equinox: September 20-22, Winter Solstice: December 13-15.

See the full programme here


[PGC] Hamburg, Germany: Words and Hands
Dates: 8-10 February 2019

This workshop will show how to use a Shiatsu session to help a client in their personal development and to deal with chronic issues.

A condition turns chronic when it becomes part of a person’s self-image. Usually this means there is an unconscious resistance to change, which can interfere with the process of the therapy. To overcome this resistance to change, the client has to become more active in the therapy. Movement Shiatsu combines simple movement experiments into the Shiatsu session that help the client to become aware of parts of themselves that they are blocking and they can then feed back to the practitioner exactly where they need support in order to re-integrate that part.
The session becomes a process of self-exploration as well as a treatment and the client is given practical tools for continuing the work on themselves into their everyday lives.- How to ask Open Questions to facilitate body awareness
– How to create movement explorations to change dysfunctional patterns
– How meridians are related to types of movement
– How to integrate talking with bodywork.

Munich, Germany  Tensegrity, Fascia and Developmental meridians
Dates: 22-24 February 2019
A workshop of Movement, Bodywork and Experiential Anatomy to explore how the fascia and connective tissues give a sense of integrity both physically and emotionally.  more

These tissues connect everything together and give a sense of elasticity and wholeness to the body. We will show how to contact the fascia through specific qualities of touch, how to feel and develop the elasticity of the fascia in oneself and how to use that sensation to find a sense of physical coordination and ease in movement.Bill Palmer’s research with infant development has shown that the classical meridians show the way in which babies learn to move by connecting different body parts. As adults we find other ways of moving, particularly using spirals and movements that cross the midline. These pathways of connection are embodied in the muscles and fascia, forming ‘personal meridians’ different to the innate ones. The workshop will show how to work with these myo-fascial meridians and help clients to be aware of their unique way of moving and being.

 


[PGC] Frome, UK: Somatic Exploration 1:  Aligning Body and Mind
March 22-24
Finding the Source of Life Energy

We will show how to use Movement, Bodywork and Voicework to get in touch with our primal spontaneous energy and our deep intention (the Will) and then how to work with aligning the skeleton and releasing muscular patterns which inhibit the Will to help energy to flow clearly through the body. This theme addresses a central human dilemma: How can we value our individuality at the same time as living harmoniously with other people? We often suppress our spontaneous self because of a fear of other people’s disapproval. Sometimes this is appropriate but more often it inhibits our creativity and authenticity.

One can see each individual as a community; a community of sub-personalities, organs, muscles and bones which are held together into a unified sense of self by the fascia and nervous systems.

Society’s expectations can silence most of this community. The workshop will explore, through bodywork, movement and voicework, how to wake up and listen to these forgotten parts of the self and along the way demonstrates a way of living with others creatively, valuing each others’ differences and respectfully resolving conflict.

See Details of the whole programme


[PGC] Athens, Greece: Words and Hands
Dates: 5-7 April  2019
How to teach a client to be an explorer – This module aims to show how to use a bodywork session to help a client in their personal development and to deal with chronic issues. more …

A condition turns chronic when it becomes part of a person’s self-image and usually this means there is an unconscious resistance to change, which can interfere with the process of body therapy. This means that the client has to become more active in the therapy to allow change to happen.

Movement Shiatsu includes breathing and movement experiments in the session that help the client to become aware of parts of themselves that are not integrated. They can then feed back to the practitioner exactly where they need support to make contact with that area. The session becomes a process of self-exploration as well as a treatment and the client is given practical tools for continuing the work on themselves into their everyday lives.


Helsinki, Finland: The Voice of the Organs 
Dates: May 10-11, 2019

This workshop will use experiential anatomy, voicework and techniques from dramatherapy to help the internal organs and other body systems to directly express themselves. We will show how this can be incorporated into the process of a Shiatsu session to make it more interactive and to help a client to access the inner wisdom of their own body. more…

This creates a significantly different type of communication between therapist and client. Instead of presenting symptoms and relying on the expertise of the therapist to decide what treatment is needed, the client becomes an equal partner and is able to ask for what they need with precision.

As well as enhancing communication in a Shiatsu session, we will explore how working with voice and the vibrations of voice can bring Qi to an area and amplify the effect of touch. We will use this to experience the characteristic energy of the groups of organs in the Three Burners. The workshop will be highly experiential and a journey of self-discovery as well as giving a fresh approach to working with clients.


Wageningen, Holland: The Six Forms of Touch
Dates: May 25-26, 2019
a high-level course in therapeutic energetics.

The Six Forms of Touch is a system of training developed by Bill Palmer that explores six different dimensions of therapeutic contact. Its basic principle is that WAY in which you contact a person has more effect than any specific techniques or meridians that you work with. This course will show how the holistic energy functions are affected by the way in which you communicate and the quality of touch you use.

Each form of contact stimulates one of the major energy functions and also brings awareness to one of the physical body systems. This means that you can be working on a local issue and also strengthening a long-term holistic energy at the same time. The result is that the bodywork becomes more intuitive and less mechanical. In addition, the forms of touch help the client to become aware of their own body in such a way that they can carry the explorations of the therapy into their everyday life.

It is accessible to all therapists who use touch, whether they are Shiatsu based or not. If you are a practitioner of another form of body therapy, it shows how to work with Shiatsu’s energy functions while still working with your familiar form.

Wageningen, Holland:  The Phases of Therapeutic Change
Dates: June 14-16, 2019
An advanced course on working with chronic conditions.

Chronic issues are conditions that have developed and embedded themselves over a long time. They have become part of the person’s sense of themselves. So inevitably they take time to change and the therapy moves through several different stages. This workshop describes the phases of a long-term therapeutic relationship and shows how to facilitate the process and deal with the difficulties at each stage.

We will show:

  • how the evolution of the therapy tends to follow a similar pattern to the stages of child development.
  • how the energetic function of each of the SIx Divisions supports the long-term trajectory of the therapy.
  • how to use the Six Forms of Touch to emphasise and activate the appropriate energies at each stage of the therapy.

This workshop is appropriate for people who have attended one  or more courses with Bill & Teresa and will give you insights into how to work with the process of change over an extended period.


[PGC] Barcelona, Spain: Aligning Body and Mind, Self and Society
June 21-23 ,2019

We will show how to use Movement, Bodywork and Voicework to get in touch with our primal spontaneous energy and our deep intention (the Will) and then how to work with aligning the skeleton and releasing muscular patterns which inhibit the Will to help energy to flow clearly through the body. This theme addresses a central human dilemma: How can we value our individuality at the same time as living harmoniously with other people? We often suppress our spontaneous self because of a fear of other people’s disapproval. Sometimes this is appropriate but more often it inhibits our creativity and authenticity.

One can see each individual as a community; a community of sub-personalities, organs, muscles and bones which are held together into a unified sense of self by the fascia and nervous systems.

Society’s expectations can silence most of this community. The workshop will explore, through bodywork, movement and voicework, how to wake up and listen to these forgotten parts of the self and along the way demonstrates a way of living with others creatively, valuing each others’ differences and respectfully resolving conflict.


Kiental, Switzerland: The Six Forms of Touch
Dates: July 4-7, 2019
a high-level course for both students and practitioners of physical and energetic therapies.

One of the fundamental ideas of the course is that the WAY in which you contact a person has more effect than the choice of meridians or physical structures to work with. This course will show how the holistic energies described by Oriental Medicine are affected by the way in which you communicate, the quality of touch you use and the exercises and ‘homework’ that you give the client. The Six Forms of Touch is a widely-used system of touch training developed by Bill Palmer which explores six different dimensions of therapeutic contact.

Each form of contact stimulates one of the major energy functions and also brings awareness to one of the physical body systems. This means that you can be working locally on a particular part of the body and, at the same time, be helping to strengthen the holistic functions.  The result is that the bodywork becomes more intuitive and less mechanical. In addition, the forms of touch help the client to become aware of their own body in such a way that they can carry the explorations of the session into their everyday life.

It is suitable for people learning or practising Shiatsu, Massage, Cranio-sacral, Acupuncture, Kinesiology and other forms of body-energy therapy.


Kiental, Switzerland:  Physical Democracy
Dates: September 7-10, 2019

 A workshop of peace-work for anyone who wants to find practical ways of finding inner peace or resolving conflict in groups and communities. Physical Democracy starts by realising that, however idealistic we are, we often treat our own body like an autocratic dictator treats his subjects. The new science of mimetics shows how most of the Mind develops by imitating others. In the process, we can lose contact with ourselves and our internal community of organs, muscles, bones and cells.  Many illnesses and injuries are caused by not listening to our body and forcing it to do something that it has not ‘agreed to’.
In the same way, communities of people can be inspired and taken over by an ideal and forget the reality and the wellbeing of its members. Eventually, this self-forgetting is unsustainable. The body becomes ill or the community is split by conflict.

The inspiration for the workshop comes from a particular form of democracy successfully tried by several communities worldwide in the last 50 years. The basis of this form of living together is simple but astoundingly powerful.  It allows a community to act efficiently and make decisions easily without forming discontented subgroups and unsatisfied minorities. We will show how to apply this method to the way you treat your own body and how doing this transforms the way you behave in the communities you live within.


[PGC] Frome, UK: Somatic Exploration 2: Tensegrity, Fascia and Developmental Meridians.
September 20-22
Becoming a Body-Mind Explorer

A workshop of Movement, Bodywork and Experiential Anatomy to explore how the fascia and connective tissues give a sense of integrity both physically and emotionally.  more

These tissues connect everything together and give a sense of elasticity and wholeness to the body. We will show how to contact the fascia through specific qualities of touch, how to feel and develop the elasticity of the fascia in oneself and how to use that sensation to find a sense of physical coordination and ease in movement.Bill Palmer’s research with infant development has shown that the classical meridians show the way in which babies learn to move by connecting different body parts. As adults we find other ways of moving, particularly using spirals and movements that cross the midline. These pathways of connection are embodied in the muscles and fascia, forming ‘personal meridians’ different to the innate ones. The workshop will show how to work with these myo-fascial meridians and help clients to be aware of their unique way of moving and being.

See Details of whole programme


[PGC] Hamburg, Germany: Aligning Body and Mind
Dates: 4-6 October

We will show how to use Movement, Bodywork and Voicework to get in touch with our primal spontaneous energy and our deep intention (the Will) and then how to work with aligning the skeleton and releasing muscular patterns which inhibit the Will to help energy to flow clearly through the body. This theme addresses a central human dilemma: How can we value our individuality at the same time as living harmoniously with other people?We often suppress our spontaneous self because of a fear of other people’s disapproval. Sometimes this is appropriate but more often it inhibits our creativity and authenticity.

One can see each individual as a community; a community of sub-personalities, organs, muscles and bones which are held together into a unified sense of self by the fascia and nervous systems.
Society’s expectations can silence most of this community. The workshop will explore, through bodywork, movement and voicework, how to wake up and listen to these forgotten parts of the self and along the way demonstrates a way of living with others creatively, valuing each others’ differences and respectfully resolving conflict.


Paris, France : Movement Shiatsu  & Developmental Meridians
Dates: November 22-23, 2019

The workshop will be highly experiential and a journey of self-discovery as well as giving a fresh approach to working with clients. We will show how to help clients to directly experience the meridians though movement explorations. This gives the client a way to practice and embody the energetic changes from the Shiatsu session and also helps them to take responsibility for their health. The work is based on Bill Palmer’s research into child development which showed that the meridians are the pathways along which babies learn to connect their body together through movement.

This approach makes the Shiatsu session more interactive, spontaneous and experimental and opens up the client’s awareness of themselves so that they can move away from being a victim of their condition needing rescue into an explorer wanting guidance.

[PGC] Frome, UK: Somatic Exploration 3:  The Six Forms of Touch
December 13-15
Learning  Inner Experiments

The Six Forms of Touch is a system of inner training developed by Bill Palmer that explores six different ways of facilitating the natural energy systems of the body. Its basic principle is that WAY in which you contact a person has more effect than any specific techniques or meridians that you work with. This course will show how the holistic energy functions are affected by the way in which you communicate and the quality of touch you use.

Each form of contact stimulates one of the major energy functions and also brings awareness to one of the physical body systems. This means that you can be working on a local issue and also strengthening a long-term holistic energy at the same time. The result is that the bodywork becomes more intuitive and less mechanical. In addition, the forms of touch help develop an inner awareness of the body which opens up a toolbox of life experiments, loosening old traumas and dysfunctional patterns and  exploring new ways of being.

See Details of whole programme