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 four three day workshops at the corners of 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, Summer Solstice: June 14-16, 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 and usually this means there is an unconscious resistance to change, which can interfere with the process of Shiatsu therapy. This means that the client has to become more active in the therapy to allow change to happen. 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] 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 24-26, 2019
a high level course in Shiatsu for both students and practitioners.

One of the fundamental ideas of Movement Shiatsu is that the WAY in which you contact a person has more effect than the meridian that you work with. This course will show how the Qi of the Organs is 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 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 functions of Qi 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 Qi functions, without explicitly touching the meridians.The result is that the Shiatsu 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 Shiatsu session into their everyday life.


[PGC] Barcelona, Spain: Aligning Body and Mind, Self and Society
Dates: To be confirmed

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? seeWe 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.


[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.