The End of Week Wind Down – with Shiatsu and Acupressure

Friday lunchtimes throughout April are your opportunity to leave your busy mind, brush off the week and connect with your inner place of peace, with the calming vibes of Shiatsu touch and Acupressure.

Together we will explore Shiatsu-based practices that you can use at any time to get some easy ‘R and $’.

You will discover the powerful meridian on your arms, and use thumbs and palms to apply pressure that will ignite soothing vibes, relaxing head and heart.

This is the second year that I am supporting Bowel Cancer UK’s ‘Step Up for 30 campaign’. Following my dad’s experience of bowel cancer six years ago, I know firsthand how difficult a cancer diagnosis can be.

Join me online this Friday

The first End of Week Wind Down is Friday 8th April at 12.30pm (UK time) for 30 minutes, and every Friday in April thereafter.

Each session builds on the knowledge and practices shared in the previous one. By the end of April, you will have some new essential life skills, to make use of whenever you need.

How to get involved

Donate to my JustGiving page – I will then send the link to the session.

About bowel cancer

Did you know bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer? Know the facts – read here.

My dad’s story

A random blood test highlighted his extreme anaemia. Doctors were alarmed and investigated further. A cancerous growth was discovered in his bowel that was using his iron to grow. Though quite advanced, his age as an older person (67 years old) prevented it from spreading voraciously.

Keyhole surgery and six months of chemo treatment helped him to full remission. He was already fit and healthy, which also helped his recovery. He didn’t experience any of the symptoms below and was doing the regular test for bowel cancer. His only symptom was a random nerve spasm in one of his legs.

Read more about his story.

Are you or someone you know trying to cope with an early diagnosis?

Get in touch to explore how individual online sessions with self-Shiatsu and Acupressure could support you through this difficult time.

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Repost from @repairing_the_nervous_system 
It's so spot on....

I pick up my trainings interchangeably, as I need them:

Shiatsu (Zen, Multidimensional, Movement)
Usui Reiki
Physical exercise
Nature time

There is no specific pattern.

A daily Qigong practice probably means Qigong is the most frequent.

If you're a holistic Practitioner, how does your self-care vary? What practices are your go-to's?

Though recently with Covid, I had no energy for it. 
Do-In was too much for my body to receive (tapping along energy meridians)

As I was just discussing with @dawnoei, mostly for 10 days all I could do was place hands on chest and bring awareness to the pathogen, breathe in healing light and visualise a pathway for the pathogen to leave along the Large Intestine meridian. Sometimes I worked LI4.
(This approach was inspired by @malikameddings from #newenergyworkntrainings)

I started taking homeopathic remedies from @family_homeopath_zoescanlan last Thursday.  It feels good to notice their subtle yet powerful effects.

I'm back to morning Qigong - how could I not practice, with these kind of jungle views!? 

So many different colourful birds flitting around, and birds of prey looming. It's jaw droppingly beautiful.



A whirlwind week in Goa ...

A brief summary!

Landed in Goa, exhausted from the tail end of Covid. Quickly caught a cold.

Rescued my precious moped (thanks James, Nat and Dave) and my possessions (gracias @inma_marmol)

Moved into a new apartment, with unexpectedly stunning views of the Ghats. The tranquil Haven I always need.

Ate my fav pumpkin thali 🤟
And the best sushi from

Hung out with cows on the beach.

Got moped spruced up. Took old girl for a ride today down to Galgibag. 

Celebrated a birthday in the revamped Love Bites. Caught up with some fab faces.

Got published in Australian media for the first time, writing about Shiatsu and longevity. The topic has been on my mind - it's now 7 years since I found Shiatsu (or did it find me?!). ☯️

And resumed my space on the beach, absorbing some much needed rays while slipping into a more receptive vibe, after the doing-ness of the week.


Get your tkt booked!!! 


Goa is waiting for you!


One year on.....

Safely landed in Goa. Sleeping, settling into the land, and trying to recover from the tail end of a month of illness thanks to My First Cvid! Finally, it took me down!

And today, taking it very easy with beach and sea time, as I reflect on the horrendous experience that unfolded this day last year on Koh Pan Ghan  by a so-called friend.

A year on and things are somehow still hard. 
Just forget about it and move on.....yep, I'm trying. Unfortunately it's not that easy. Triggers pop up in the most unexpected ways.

But for every vile unhinged manipulative narc, there are thankfully many good eggs. Though i suspect some haven't been able to see past his smear campaign - there are plenty who know the real story and what I went through last December.

It's difficult events that highlight who the real friends are - the ones who check in, whose concern is genuine, whose actions say it all.

Being a human isn't easy, but consistent authentic kindness really does help to smooth the ride.

If you know, you know. Or perhaps it's easier to look the other way and make your own excuses.


My Shiatsu, Reiki and Qigong practices have taken on new forms - like reassuring presences that I can "just do" when my head hurts too much to think.


To all those I only caught glimpses of this summer, or who I didn't get to see though we tried (!), I'm sorry and really looking forward to seeing you next year. I hope to be more sociable.


More incoming on my plans for this Goa season. 

It's easy to get swept up in the greasy frenetic wheels of the "wellness" world here.

Spirituality is Big Business. And what perfect place to study: in an authentic Eastern setting. Hmmmm.

Once again, there is little on offer that resonates with me.

Im going to be discovering Winter, the season of introspection. The essential piece of the annual cycle that asks us to be slower, still, to look inward.

Searching within is perhaps the perfect antidote to Goa's very externally focused 'buy your quick fix path to peace and contentment'.


Pls get in touch if you're coming to Goa and I'll make an effort to meet. Great to hear from a few already ...

Shiatsu swapping....

Much needed compassionate touch, and on a Friday evening too. Perfect end of week relax!

Thank you @tanyapriceshiatsu really enjoyed being able to let go of everything for an hour and reconnect within.

More on @practitionersgarden about setting up a swap and why to do so! (So many reasons!) Find the story in the Highlights on that channel, see Substack.

Tanya is based at BodyMatters in Steyning.



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I founded SJA Holistics to help people get well, feel great, and stay well using the power of practices derived from Eastern Medicine including Shiatsu, Reiki, Acupressure and Qi Gong.

For over a decade I’ve worked with Ki and have first-hand experience of how energy- and body-work can lead to positive health. Working with the energy body as well as the physical can bring profound changes to mental, emotional and physical issues.

After completing three years of study for the Professional Shiatsu Diploma, I honed my experience working voluntarily for six months in a national UK charity giving Shiatsu to people recovering from substance misuse.

It is my mission to help you recognise your own self-healing ability and to empower you with the skills and knowledge you need to dramatically improve your self-care.

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