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ABOUT ME - Hannah Mackay 

About Me

I have been practising shiatsu since 1997. My initial shiatsu training was with the British School of Shiatsu-Do, and I have completed further training with Wellmother and the Shiatsu College. I am registered with the Shiatsu Society as a practitioner and teacher (FwSS).

I am the Branch Leader at the Shiatsu College Manchester. I teach our students, and do a lot of the organising and strategic work. I run the organisation with other members of our Teaching Team, as a Director of Shiatsu College Manchester Community Interest Company. 

I also run independent short courses/day workshops in shiatsu (see Learning Shiatsu). I have higher education teaching experience in shiatsu, health studies and psychology. 

I have a background in academic research. I have worked as a researcher at the Universities of Leeds, Manchester and Salford, and I have published work around emotional processes in psychotherapy, counselling training, and experiences of shiatsu.

I enjoy expressing my creativity through poetry and dance. I have practiced 5 Rhythms and Movement Medicine for many years. I have completed an Apprenticeship in Movement Medicine.



I have been a member of the register of the Shiatsu Society (MRSS) since 2000. I became a registered Teacher of shiatsu in 2015.

BA (Hons) Psychology - University of Sheffield (1993)

PhD. Psychology - University of Leeds (1997)

Diploma in Shiatsu - British School of Shiatsu-Do (1998)

Diploma in Holistic Care in Pregnancy, Birth and Babyhood -Wellmother (2001)

Postgraduate Diploma in Shiatsu - Shiatsu College (2008)

I would like to thank all my teachers, including Kate Burford, Linda Sharples, Andy Scott, Ray Ridolfi, Suzanne Franzen, Michael Barkham, Suzanne Yates, Nicola Pooley, Carola Beresford-Cooke, Paul Lundberg, Clifford Andrews and Ya'Acov Darling Khan, among many others. Thanks also to the friends and colleagues who have been alongside me on my shiatsu journey.

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