Courses in 2019

[PGC] London, UK : The Six Forms of Touch
Dates: January 26-27th, 2019

A rare London opportunity to study with one of the pioneers of energetic bodywork in the West and the originator of Movement Shiatsu. The workshop is open to everyone and is a taster for the 2019 SEED Postgraduate Programme, which consists of three modules  (and an optional Inner Qigong Retreat) during 2019.

Also, if you are interested in a full training in Movement Shiatsu you can use this course as a gateway into the Kikai Shiatsu School’s Movement Shiatsu Certificate  programme.

  • Using movement, bodywork and voicework as modes of self discovery
  • Learning Inner Qigong to feel how mind and body work together.
  • Showing how to make bodywork sessions interactive, helping the receiver to explore and experiment with their energetic patterns through guided movement.
  • Learning to sense subtle aspects of the body such as the fascia and internal organs and to find how they can change the body’s postural and movement habits.

For more details and to book on the course go to the application form

See the full SEED  programme in the UK  here


[PGC] Hamburg, Germany: Aligning Body and Mind
Dates: 8-10 February 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 in a unified sense of self by the fascia and nervous systems. Society’s expectations can silence most of this community. The workshop will explore 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.


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.

To book contact Shendo-Munich


[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 (“The Six Forms of Touch”)
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.

To book contact Maria Kokori


Zurich, Switzerland: The Six Forms of Touch
Dates: May 9-11 , 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.

To book contact Phoenix Schule für Komplimentar Therapie


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.

To book go to  Hands on Touch Shiatsu Institute


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.

To book go to  Hands on Touch Shiatsu Institute


[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.

To book contact: Escola de Shiatsu i Moviment


Helsinki, Finland: The Voice of the Organs
Dates: To Be Confirmed, 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.


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.

To book contact Kientalerhof, Kiental, Switzerland


[PGC] Frome, UK:  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: Words and Hands (“The Six Forms of Touch”)
Dates: 4-6 October

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 feedback 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.

Zurich, Switzerland: The Phases of Therapeutic Change
Dates: November 8-10, 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  will give you insights into how to work with the process of change over an extended period.

To book contact Phoenix Schule für Komplimentar Therapie


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.

To book contact Bernard Bouheret


[PGC] Frome, UK:  Honouring Self and Other (‘Words and Hands’)
December 13-15

Working with the Internal Organs and Expansive Energy

Standing up for oneself, being strong and honest is only sustainable if the deep parts of the body are full and buoyant. Then one can rest without collapse. Physically, this internal buoyancy comes from energizing the internal organs and opening the body to breath and blood. Psychologically it comes from healing shame.

The workshop will focus on breathing, on becoming aware of the internal organs and learning to feel their expansion and movement. This physical expansion often brings up emotional issues and we will explore how to relate to feelings in such a way that they energize you rather than triggering stories in which you are a victim.

The other focus of this weekend is how our personal space is created from the filling of internal space. Expansiveness in the body spreads to a filling of our personal space and this provides a sort of protection which is not a barrier to relationship. Instead of keeping others at a distance, or being invaded by other people, one creates an energy which expands out to others and which others naturally respect

See Details of whole programme