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Melanie Ward,

BA(hons), MA, DS, MRSS

For over a decade I have been using Shiatsu to help people to transform their pain, difficulty and stuckness; to connect with their bodies and emotions, and to find their inner wisdom.


I gained my Diploma in Shiatsu after completing the 3-year training with the Bristol School of Shiatsu, one of the longest established Shiatsu schools in the UK. I have also completed post-graduate study with the school, and was a teaching assistant with the school for many years.


My experience includes working as a shiatsu practitioner for charities Naomi House, a mother and baby home for women with a history of street sex work; and the Rosie Crane Trust for bereaved parents.


Prior to developing my healing work, I spent a decade as a freelance artist working in education, where I worked with children, young people and adults, and found great joy in using my creativity to bring beauty into the world and helping others to do the same.


I discovered Shadow Work in 2009, and was so impressed with the depth, power and safety of this work that I began my training soon afterwards. I am a qualified and certified one-to-one Shadow Work coach and group Shadow Work facilitator, and regularly run Shadow Work weekends with my partner Tim Hall.

I am committed to my own healing journey, and am involved in the Women in Power organisation, having done the initiation in 2011. Other passions include 5Rhthyms dance, music and being in nature.


My work with clients is also supported by training in Transformational Dialogue and Body Focused Enquiry with Keith Phillips, NLP practitioner training, and my personal practice of 5Rhythms Dance and T'ai Chi/Qi Gong.


I am a Member of the Professional Register of the Shiatsu Society, and abide by their codes of ethics and conduct.