Meditation hands

Before moving to Birmingham, I lived for seven years at a retreat centre – in a remote part of North Wales. During this time I discovered that in deep states of meditative absorption and relaxation, subtle energy flow in the body increases and flows more freely. Further I found that as the body very deeply relaxes and tensions release, what has been ‘held at bay’ behind the tension – unprocessed painful and limiting emotions – can safely and organically surface and heal. This process of profoundly relaxing the body – and then feeling through and integrating trapped emotions was so fruitful and rewarding that I became inspired to help others benefit in a similar way.

I realised however that few have the option of intensively meditating for several hours a day like i was able to. This led me to wonder whether any of the newly emerging ‘body based’ forms of therapy – spoke in terms of deep relaxation, energy flows and the release of painful long held emotions. In particular I was curious about whether energy flows from the therapist could stimulate energy flows in the client (in a similar way to how intensive meditation can increase flows).

Fortunately – after searching ‘high and low’ – i came across SHEN therapy. I immediately resonated with how SHEN therapy described body tension, subtle energy flow and emotional trauma. As I started to receive SHEN, I found I was taken to a place of deep and profound bodily relaxation, as in deep meditation. Further, I found that the arising qualities of spaciousness and peace led to deep held pain in the body rising to the surface and releasing. SHEN is therefore a very organic, holistic process. The body will only relax to the extent it is ready to process what the tension has been repressing.

I feel fortunate to now be able to offer the potentially life-changing benefits of SHEN therapy to others.

Shen Therapy
Shen Therapy

Fortunately – after searching ‘high and low’ – i came across SHEN therapy. I immediately resonated with how SHEN therapy described body tension, subtle energy flow and emotional trauma. As I started to receive SHEN, I found I was taken to a place of deep and profound bodily relaxation, as in deep meditation. Further, I found that the arising qualities of spaciousness and peace led to deep held pain in the body rising to the surface and releasing. SHEN is therefore a very organic, holistic process. The body will only relax to the extent it is ready to process what the tension has been repressing.

I feel fortunate to now be able to offer the potentially life-changing benefits of SHEN therapy to others.

why i chose SHEN

Training in SHEN is a lengthy process,. I am registered with the International SHEN Therapy Association (ISTA) as a Certified SHEN Therapist (CST). ISTA is a professional body that sets and maintains standards of competency, ethics and practice throughout the world. All CST’s have completed a 680+ hour Supervised Internship program and passed a Certification Board to become certified.The Program includes intensive classroom training in the art of SHEN; clinical skills, mentor-supervised practice, and deep personal growth through SHEN.

In addition to my SHEN work, i teach meditation and Buddhism on a freelance basis. I lead retreats and events across the UK and Ireland – including at the Rivendell Retreat Centre in Sussex and Dhanakosa in the Scottish highlands. I am a trustee of the Vajraloka Buddhist Retreat Centre in North Wales.

I am also trained in Focusing – a way of accessing the deep holistic knowing and intelligence of the body.