Holistic Treatments and Classes Since 1996

Mindful Yoga & Shiatsu with Piries' Soul Food

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind;

and the third is to be kind.” Henry James

I've always been curious and particularly fascinated in people, which led me to study psychology at Sheffield University and complete a certificate in Counselling. Then a serious back injury in 1994 changed my life. The positive outcome was that my chronic pain led me to Shiatsu and Chi Gong, which I started practicing simply for my own health and happiness. This was while I was working as a psychologist training GPs and Psychiatrists throughout europe on mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety.

Shiatsu fell into my lap in 1994 - I attained my certificate to practice shiatsu in 1996 and have worked as a shiatsu practitioner and taught "Do-In" Chi Gong exercises ever since. I graduated from the 3 year diploma in shiatsu in 1997 with the British School of Shiatsu-Do (UK) led by Ray Ridolfi and Suzanne Franzen. In 1999, I passed the vigorous Shiatsu Society UK Assessment to achieve Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society status (MRSS). I was on the research committee for this society and have written several articles in the Shiatsu Society Journal. For 4 years I attended the Shiatsu College's residential Post Graduate Diploma Course. I have studied and worked for over 25 years with a wide variety of inspirational Shiatsu teachers from various schools all over the world.

Continuing to feed my love of learning and working with health and well-being, I trained as a Reiki and Emotional Freedom Technique practitioner and while living for 11 years in Germany, as a Yoga Teacher for both children and then adults. Now back in the UK, I still regularly attend yoga, mindfulness and meditation courses and am currently a regular visitor to the Yoga Campus in Manchester for continuing professional development.

My Zen Yoga training for adults in yoga with dynamic mindfulness emphasised meditation and Buddhism. My interest in mindfulness and Buddhism began in Sheffield in the 1990's and I've practiced meditation ever since. I have studied mindfulness further, attending several meditation courses and am a regular visitor in day events and longer retreats in various Buddhist centres. I completed a teacher training course in Mindful Meditation and incorporate mindfulness into all of my treatments and courses. I am currently embarking upon the Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC) at the Samye Ling Buddhist centre in Scotland and am a member of the Mindfulness Association.

I still enjoy deepening my understanding of shiatsu, energy medicine, Chi Gong and Traditional Chinese Medicine and continue to practice mindfulness and study Buddhism. I meet regularly with therapists from various discplines such as acupuncture and fascial bodywork and other shiatsu practitioners for peer support and professional development. I have assisted the teaching of shiatsu students during their practitioner training and attend a weekly yoga class and regular yoga, mindfulness and meditation workshops.

“Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Rumi

I know I'm very lucky to find pleasure in my work. I find the people it connects me with fascinating and genuinely enjoy meeting and working with each of them. We can learn something from every single person we meet and believe that we should find out what that is before we move on.  

My body reminds me to move and stretch every day to ease aches and pains and keep well and positive. I try to remember to practice mindfulness in daily life, also making time for regular formal meditation and know this is not always easy! However, the benefits of mindful movement and calm stillness keep motivating me to carry on. I adore my husband and 3 kids; and love our cats, the countryside, fell walking, sunshine, nature, reading, music, dancing, laughing, singing, food, dark chocolate, Sauvignon Blanc and G &T! 

I hope to meet you or see you again soon,

Zoe :-)

"If I keep a green bough in my heart

the singing bird will come."

Chinese proverb

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say,

and what you do are in harmony.” Gandhi

“We spend precious hours fearing the inevitable.

It would be wise to use that time adoring our families, cherishing our friends and living our lives.”

Maya Angelou

Shiatsu Research

When I worked as a Research Fellow at Sheffield University, I led projects on psychology, mood disorders, primary health care and complementary medicine. An article outlining a study I conducted, delivering Shiatsu for free for six months to patients in an inner-city general practice can be found here:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/51922399_Delivering_shiatsu_in_a_primary_care_setting_Benefits_and_challenges

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Dalai Lama XIV, The Art of Happiness

Thank-you to all of my teachers, colleagues and friends especially Kate Burford, Linda Sharples, Andy Scott, Ray Ridolfi, Suzanne Franzen, Hilary Totah, Suzanne Yates, Sonia Moriceau, Carola Beresford-Cooke, Clifford Andrews, Nicola Pooley, Paul Lundberg and Dinah John; special Shiatsu souls Hannah MacKay, Ros Makin, Phil Cole, Charlie Weston and Joy Hutton; and wonderful Yoginis Tatjana Messer, Dhari, Monica, Elanora, Jana, Sonal and Carly x

“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” Joseph Campbell