Balens CPD Event – Birmingham

Balens annual CPD event – NEC, Birmingham.

An amazing CPD event for all complementary practitioners. We can highly recommend! Well worth attending. You will learn so much for such a low fee.

They’ve had some truly inspirational speakers in the last few years, and this year will be no exception including key note speakers Rosy Daniel, practising consultant in Integrative Medicine and Jeremy Howick, the highly acclaimed author of Doctor You.

This year they also have Jill Woods, (Healthcare Marketing Coach), Alice Lacey, (DAC Beechcroft) and Robert Verkerk(Alliance of Natural Health International).

£30.00 for the day, inclusive of refreshments, attendance certificate for 6 hours learning with others, speaker notes and free entry into the Holistic Health Show.


From Passive Healthcare to Proactive Health Creation – diffusing the 21st Century health time bomb with Dr. Rosy Daniel – BSc MBBCh

Rosy has witnessed the political shifts from Alternative to Complementary Therapy; from Integrative to Regenerative Medicine; and now welcomes the exciting shifts towards proactive Lifestyle Medicine and empowering Health Coaching. The ways that we live and work today are causing a health crisis of equal proportions to the environmental crisis and that whichever modality we work in, we all need health coaching skills to motivate and guide sustainable healthy changes in those we care for. Emphasise the need for healthy self-care by practitioners, with supportive mentorship to walk our talk rather than continuously projecting our needs onto those in our care. Rosy will share with us some startling truths about the state of the nation’s health and healthcare system, and motivate us to join her in her great passion to get society to shift ‘from passive healthcare to proactive health creation.’

Dr Rosy Daniel has worked at the heart of the holistic medical profession since qualifying as a doctor in 1983; first as doctor then Medical Director at the Bristol Cancer Help Centre (now Penny Brohn UK) and since as an author, activist, researcher, teacher and practising consultant in Integrative Medicine in Bath. Her contribution to helping get us onto a sustainable path is through training people in her Health Creation Mentorship Programmes and healthy Workplace Consultancies. Discover more about Rosy here.

Introducing the Hard Science of Self Healing with Jeremy Howick PhD – Author of Doctor You

Oxford Philospher and Medical Researcher, Dr. Jeremy Howick has conducted groundbreaking studies about placebos and why we need unbiased experiments. His textbook The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Medicine spearheaded a new sub-discipline. He collaborates about placebo treatments and the need for rigorous evidence with the National Institutes of Health in the United
States, the National Institutes of Health Research in the United Kingdom, and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in Canada. He is currently working on a mega-study of the benefits of doctor empathy.

Jeremy has degrees from Dartmouth College, the London School of Economics, and the University of Oxford. He has over 75 academic publications in top journals such as the British Medical Journal, Annals of Internal Medicine, and The Lancet. Discover more about Jeremy here.

Marketing, mindset & momentum for health practitioners in business – Jill Woods

Your life should make you happy and that includes your work and your practice!
What I see a lot are practitioners who love helping their patients, but slowly over time fall out of love with their practice. This happens mostly because running the business and attracting the wrong kinds of, or not enough patients, starts to get them down. In business you have many free choices. Which patients you see, who you work with, what environment you work in, the hours you work, the treatments you provide, the products you work with and the income you generate. So on the face of it every health professional in private practice should be walking on cloud nine. There is a huge abundance of potential patients out there, and you have the skills to help them,
so if your practice is not making you happy & contributing to the life you want to live, there is clearly some work you need to do.
Shifting your mindset & becoming skilled at marketing are the two things I have seen have the biggest impact on people finding happiness in their practice. Let me show you how you can do that in your practice. Discover more about Jill here.

GDPR – The Facts and How it May affect your Business

Alice Lacey from DAC Beachcroft ~
Alice Lacey, a Solicitor from DAC Beachcroft’s Clinical Risk team in Bristol, will be discussing the General Data Protection Regulation, or “GDPR”, which will be coming into force as of 25 May 2018. Alice’s ‘need to know talk’ will provide a whistle stop tour of the key legal issues that arise in relation to data protection, particularly in the context of the reforms being introduced. The intention is to prompt and support individual healthcare practitioners into considering the key issues, by highlighting central principles, and to help sign post some areas where compliance might be more challenging on a day to day basis.
Discover more about DAC Beachcroft’s Clinical Risk Team here.

Robert Verkerk PhD – Founder, Executive & Scientific Director, Alliance for Natural Health

International ~ Elevating the role of natural health in your community
The burden of chronic diseases, ageing populations, the power of the science and public disillusionment with drug-based approaches has never created such a perfect storm for natural health. Yet for many practitioners their businesses have yet to benefit fully. Find out what you can do through clinical practice, collaboration, the judicial use of technology and patient/client empowerment to make the most of the opportunity.

Plus networking and Q&A.

For the full programme with timings visit the Balens website. Recordings of previous year’s lectures available there too so if you couldn’t attend well worth a watch! Great way to earn CPD points.



As a Community Interest Company we want to give back to you!

Preparing for our LAUNCH event: PAY AS YOU FEEL THERAPIES

Shiatsu, massage, hot stones & many more …..

The first Saturday of every month from 2nd June 2018. Meet the therapists at In Touch Massage & Holistic Therapies CIC at our launch event on 5th May 2018.

Please spread the word.

Click here for details of further events.

I am an experienced Shiatsu practitioner in Bristol. I trained for 3 years with the Bristol School of shiatsu, also a yoga teacher, masseuse and nutritional therapist.  I will soon be fully qualified to offer kinesiology as well.

I offer Shiatsu from:  

  • The Wellbeing Therapy Rooms, Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, BS1 3QY
  • The Practice Rooms, 24 Regent Street, Clifton, BS8 4HG or 39 Cotham Hill, Bristol, BS6 6JY
  • I also do home/office visits and am available for events.

As well as encouraging you to relax deeply and access your innate capacity for healing I also seek to empower you to take control of your life and your own wellbeing. I will share my knowledge of healing through breathing techniques, nutrition, meditation etc. Healing for me is the movement back to wholeness or integration of what seem like fragmented parts of our Being.  It involves acknowledging the hidden and perhaps more ‘uncomfortable’ aspects of ourselves and welcoming them as part of our authentic self. Each experience of Shiatsu is unique.

I also specialise in Shiatsu for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Post-Natal Recovery.

Shiatsu is wonderfully supportive for a woman journeying through the different stages of pregnancy. It can be applied safely and effectively to support a woman to feel at ease physically, mentally and emotionally. Shiatsu may provide relief from nausea, lower backache, shoulder tension, difficulties in breathing, constipation, anxiety, oedema, post-natal depression and fatigue. I have studied pregnancy Shiatsu with Suzanne Yates from the Wellmother School and have supported a number of women during pregnancy and beyond and found it to be very nourishing and beneficial.

Please feel free to contact me for an informal 10 minute chat. We can then organise a session for you.

Details of my special offers can be found on my website.


“I have suffered with IBS for years and after finding prescribed medication and diet change was not working I looked into alternative therapies. I had 5 sessions of shiatsu and have found it to have had an enourmous effect on my symptoms. It has made me understand the connection between my emotions, largely stress and worry, and the issues with my stomach.Shiatsu with Lioba gave me the tools to learn to relax and to break the connection between negative emotions and my physical well being. It was the first time I had ever had shiatsu and knew very little about it but I would most definately have treatments again. After the treatments having such a profound effect on my symptoms“ – Cath, Support Worker (Bristol)

Lioba has an amazing gift for body work. I always leave the room feeling lighter, unburdened and with energy flowing again. She creates a wonderfully warm and safe space to open up. As an asthmatic she has helped me become more in tune with the areas of my body which can become tense and cause my asthma to worsen. I wholeheartedly recommend Lioba“. (Heg, singer-songwriter, Bristol)

My first Shiatsu massage was blissfully relaxing. I left feeling affected in a deep way, very different to how I feel when I normally receive a massage. I’m certain to return.” Richie, Engineer (Melbourne)

Lioba’s Shiatsu sessions are thorough, personal and friendly and she combines great knowledge with intelligent hands. There is always plenty of good advice, reassurance and never any pressure to come back. I feel qualified to thoroughly recommend her treatments“- Rupert, Sports Massage Therapist (Bristol)


I have a degree in Complementary & Holistic Therapies and have been a qualified Shiatsu Practitioner for 12 years in private practice and with Derby Women’s Centre. Emanating from my work at the Women’s Centre was a desire to deepen my practice working with trauma so I undertook a PGdip in Person Centred & Experiential Psychotherapy.  I have a deeply held belief that therapies should be affordable for all. In response to this belief and passion I have set up Elephant Rooms, a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise venture in Draycott, Derbyshire specialising in the provision of a safe and tranquil environment for the promotion of community health and wellbeing.  The vision is:

To provide a diverse range of natural therapies, classes and workshops promoting health and wellbeing for the local community.
The objective is to provide something for everyone; a wide range of therapies and treatments across the spectrum focused on natural health and wellbeing.

Shiatsu is a physical therapy that supports and strengthens the body’s natural ability to heal and balance itself. It works on the whole person – not just with the physical body, but also with the psychological, emotional and spiritual aspects of being.

Shiatsu originated in Japan from traditional Chinese medicine, with influences from more recent Western therapies. Although Shiatsu means ‘finger pressure’ in Japanese, in practice a practitioner uses touch, comfortable pressure and manipulative techniques to adjust the body’s physical structure and balance its energy flow. It is a deeply relaxing experience and regular treatments can alleviate stress and illness and maintain health and well-being.

I trained for 3 years at the Northern School of Shiatsu.


I began my Shiatsu journey in 2015, enrolling on the Foundation Course with the Northern School of Shiatsu in Sheffield. I had received a single Shiatsu treatment from a friend who was completing the three-year Diploma and I was instantly intrigued. The treatment felt wonderful, and was different from anything I had experienced.

I was drawn to the process of self-development and self-healing that Shiatsu could offer me. I graduated from the Northern School in 2018 and therefore have over three years’ experience giving and receiving this restorative and unique form of therapy. From January to July 2018, I undertook a voluntary placement at the Well Women Centre in Wakefield, allowing women on a low income to access treatment they would not ordinarily be able to experience. In August 2018 I became the third Director of In Touch Massage and Holistic Therapies CIC, a social enterprise which aims to make holistic therapies accessible to everyone, including minority, socially excluded and low income groups.

I am constantly developing the practical and theoretical application of Shiatsu, and my knowledge, confidence and professionalism are growing at a remarkable speed. My professional background prior to discovering Shiatsu was very varied. I worked in the fields of publishing, communications, international relations, mental health, housing, advocacy, law and education.

I live in Morley in south Leeds and I have a two-year-old baby girl.


I am a Shiatsu practitioner with a clinic in Clapham Junction, London. I also work within a drug and alcohol abuse centre. For 5 years I volunteered weekly at Brent Mind.

Following a years introductory training in Shiatsu I went on to complete a 3-year course with the British School of Shiatsu. Since then, I have assisted teaching for 6 years continuously and carried out many other training courses – Shin Tai, extraordinary meridians, Shiatsu feet and face – to name a few.

A dedicated graduate from the Northern School of Shiatsu. My clinic is based in Hull, Humberside.  I offer discounted treatments at just £10!

About me:- Yoga is my passion and I am a yoga teacher and practice yoga myself on a daily basis. I qualified as a Reiki Master/Teacher in 2003. Exercise is important to me, doing cardiovascular work, exercise at a gym, plus regular walking and jogging. I am a strong family member of the Quakers.