Leisa Bellmore is a shiatsu therapist, speaker and researcher working at the Artists’ Health Centre, an integrative clinic at Toronto Western Hospital. She has presented and published across Canada and internationally. Past presentations have included Natural Health Practitioners of Canada (NHPC), Alzheimer Society of Ontario, Alzheimer’s Disease International Conference, Australian Association of Massage Therapists and Canadian Pain Society. Leisa is a Past President of NHPC, a long-time volunteer at Ronald McDonald House Toronto and is a member of the awarding and research committee of the Shiatsu Research Foundation. She has conducted research into self-shiatsu for sleep problems and is currently pursuing an MSc in Complementary Medicine Research.
Emerson Bastos (MRSS T) has been involved with complementary therapies since 1989 when he studied acupressure with Dr. Yu. This led him to explore further and learn shiatsu graduating in 1996. He has been in full-time practice since then, and has been teaching Shiatsu from 2001. He has learnt and incorporates other techniques in his practice. These include Moxibustion, Cupping, Sei Tai (Body Alignment), Cranio Sacral techniques, Thai Massage and Shin Tai. He has been working with HIV+ clients since October 1995 in various centres, hospitals and drop-in clinics. He has a degree in Physical Education and treats many athletes for sports-related injuries. He runs shiatsu workshops in the UK, Argentina and Brazil.
Tzvika Calisar has been a shiatsu therapist and teacher since 1985. His clinical research and extensive teaching experience led to the development of the Seiki Meridian Shiatsu method. He studied in Tokyo Namikoshi Shiatsu and Zen Shiatsu and stayed in Japan until 1990. In 2001 Tzvika returned to Japan and established a shiatsu school in Tokyo, where he was the senior teacher, and where he developed international shiatsu training curriculums and programmes. He has been a speaker in several shiatsu congresses and has lectured in Japan, Israel, England, Austria, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, Switzerland, Russia, India, Thailand, USA, Canada, Argentina and Chile.
Bill Palmer is Director of the School for Experiential Education in the UK and Spain. He is the originator of Movement Shiatsu, an interactive style that combines experimentation and exploration of movement, voice and posture into Shiatsu bodywork. This work developed from 15 years of work and research with disabled children during which Bill found that the meridians of Oriental Medicine were the exact pathways along which infants developed movement. This gave an explanation of meridians which orthodox medicine could understand but also the work with children showed how Shiatsu and movement could be naturally combined into an interactive process of exploration and development.
Andrew Scott MRSS, MCSP has been practising shiatsu for 25 years, and was a shiatsu teacher running his own school for 15 years. Based in Liverpool, he retrained as a physiotherapist qualifying in 2010. During that time, he also trained in acupuncture. He is the co-author of Mind Your Body, a book on Do-In exercises and meridian stretches, and he is an ordained Zen Buddhist monk. He has a particular interest in postural problems, and the common aches and pains that arise from desk work, driving and the stress of modern daily life. His approach is eclectic and holistic.
Tal Badehi has trained in Qi & Body Shiatsu which he practises full-time since 2011. His interest in autism led him to do research into the effects of shiatsu on autistic patients. For the last three years Tal has been working intensively with low-functioning adults with ASD (Autism Syndrome Disorder) in assisted-living programmes. Tal has studied the unique needs of the autistic patients and developed guidelines for working with ASD patients.
Fernando Cabo is the director of the Professional Shiatsu School in London. He has been practising shiatsu and sotai since 1999 and teaching since 2007. He is very involved in spreading shiatsu through his voluntary work. He has participated in three osteogenesis imperfecta congresses giving shiatsu. He has worked in two hospitals in Madrid with dialysis and fibromyalgia patients, and at the moment he is working at Whipps Cross Hospital with cancer patients. He has conducted workshops in Spain, the UK and the Netherlands on shiatsu for back pain, shiatsu for constipation and Chinese dietetics. He is a member of the research committe of the Shiatsu Research Foundation and is currently conducting research into the effects of shiatsu on cancer patients.