Who Am I?

“My experience is that anyone who reaches the forefront of his art understands something almost ineffable; that while practice makes perfect, intuition and improvisation make genius”

— Hugh Milne, The Heart of Listening

Stephen Dorman, GRSS
Zen Shiatsu Practitioner

I have been a practicing bodyworker since 2001, initially qualifying in Massage and Reflexology before completing a Shiatsu diploma with the British School of Shiatsu and the Genki School of Shiatsu in 2003. Since then I have kept up a private practice in several locations (currently I work in North and Central London) as well as providing On-Site Shiatsu to corporate clients. I am a fully insured and Registered Graduate Practitioner with the Shiatsu Society as well as a Member of Shiatsu Health Point.

Since 2001 I have taken the opportunity to provide Shiatsu to both the NHS and charity organisations. This includes working at a secure detoxification unit for recovering addicts at Ealing Hospital, providing physical therapy in a care environment for people suffering stroke, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, or Multiple Sclerosis. I also worked for Crisis over Christmas, a London-based homelessness charity, as a therapist and as their Complementary Therapy Coordinator, managing the provision of a variety of therapies during one of the busiest and most challenging charity events of the year.

I am committed to continuous professional development and have added something new to my skillset every year. The following are a selection of topics in which I have taken an interest. In many cases the techniques involved required extensive research and adaptation on my part to integrate them with Shiatsu.

  • Neuro-muscular facilitation

  • Ortho-Bionomy

  • Positional Release Techniques

  • Emotional Freedom Technique

  • Palpatory Literacy and Skills

  • Cranio-Sacral Therapy in Shiatsu

I also continue my personal and spiritual development through Taoism, Sufism and Zen. For several years I was a student with the Diamond Logos Academy, a contemporary approach to spirituality that blends Sufism and Buddhism with body-centred psychotherapy. This included study of a variety of Soul Essences and Structures which I have connected to Organ and Meridian Ki in order to further deepen the healing available through shiatsu. I continue to work on bringing the understanding developed there and elsewhere into my clinical practice.


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