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Elaine’s journey into Shiatsu began with her own experience of ill health. She discovered in her early twenties that Shiatsu and the principles of Oriental Medicine could help her to understand and alleviate debilitating migraines. Since then the theories of Yin-Yang, Five Elements and Zen Shiatsu, and working with energy (Ki) have been the compasses that guide her life journey.
Communication has always been important to Elaine. She graduated in Modern Languages from the University of Aberdeen and after a spell of time as a trainee journalist began studying Shiatsu. She was Secretary of the Shiatsu Society in its initial 10 years (1981-91), being very involved in networking between practitioners and students, and she was instrumental in setting up the Society’s Practitioner Assessment Panel. Elaine is currently active on the Shiatsu Society’s Ratifications Sub-committee; this involves the Ratification of Shiatsu Schools and the New Route to MRSS for Graduates of Ratified Shiatsu Schools. (www.shiatsusociety.org)
Elaine began studying Shiatsu at the East West Centre in London in 1980. Having completed Kushi Institute Levels 1 & 2 she went on to study with leading teachers from Britain, USA and Japan, noteably Harriet Devlin, Master Kishi, Wataru Ohashi, Shizuko Yamamoto and Pauline Sasaki. Elaine’s most extensive training has been in Zen Shiatsu as taught by Pauline Sasaki.
Elaine established a Shiatsu teaching programme in Glasgow in 1986 in order to spread awareness of Shiatsu and to provide a structured training to professional standards.
Health Essentials: Shiatsu published by Element Books 1992 (translated into Dutch, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish & Czech).
Complete Illustrated Guide to Shiatsu published by Element Books/HarperCollins 1998.
Since 2000 Elaine has taught Acupressure/Shiatsu and Neuro-Muscular Technique on the Advanced Massage certificate course (VTCT accredited) as part of the Holistic Therapies Diploma run by Cardonald College, Glasgow.
Elaine also practises Equine Shiatsu, having studied with the late Pamela Hannay. She has been Chairperson of the Equine Shiatsu Association since its beginning in 2002 (www.equineshiatsu.org). She teaches the Human Shiatsu modules on the Scottish School of Shiatsu for Horses Diploma course (www.equestrian-shiatsu.com). Her background influences include Tai Chi, Aikido, Spiritual Healing, Native American Medicine Wheel studies and meditation. For relaxation she keeps and rides horses and enjoys Classical Dressage.