Melanie Ward

BA(hons), MA, DS, FwSS

"Melanie’s presence is gentle, but solid & strong at the same time..."


I have been using Shiatsu for 15 years, to help people transform pain and difficulty; to connect with their bodies and emotions, and to access 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 her creativity to bring beauty into the world and helping others to do the same.


I first encountered 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 one-to-one Shadow Work Coach and Shadow Work Group Facilitator and regularly run Shadow Work weekends with my partner and co-facilitator Tim Hall.


My work with clients is also supported by training in Transformational Dialogue and Body Focused Enquiry with Keith Phillips, and experience from my own healing journey and personal practice of 5Rhythms Dance, yoga and T'ai Chi. Other passions include art, writing and being in nature.


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

Before moving to Devon, I ran a successful practice in Glastonbury for many years.


  • Diploma in the Theory & Practice of Shiatsu

  • Certified Shadow Work Coach

  • Certified Shadow Work Group Facilitator

  • Practitioners Certificate in Seated Acupressure Massage

  • Practitioners Certificate in Indian Head Massage

  • Further & Adult Education Teaching Certificate Stage 1


  • Shiatsu Practitioner at Naomi House mother and baby home

for women with a history of street sex work

  • Shiatsu Practitioner for the Rosie Crane Trust for Bereaved Parents

  • Shiatsu Practitioner on retreats including Karuna Detox Retreats,

The Fisher King Centre & Nicky Clinch Spring Re-awakening Retreat

  • Teaching assistant with Bristol School of Shiatsu

on both graduate training and post-graduate courses


Melanie Ward

Chagford, Newton Abbot, Devon

tel: 07581 375988

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