Keith Phillips – External Moderator
Keith Phillips has forty years of experience of working in the field of Healing and Personal Transformation. He has been in private practice as a Shiatsu practitioner and therapist since 1982. Keith is the Founder of The Bristol School of Shiatsu and was its principal for thirty six years, having trained several hundred people to become shiatsu practitioners.
The Bristol School of Shiatsu became widely known for its emphasis on students’ personal development and for its relational approach to shiatsu. Students are strongly supported in developing the emotional awareness and spiritual capacity to fully meet and hold the shiatsu recipient in whatever arises in the exchange both on the mat and in the dialogue. This includes the ability to hold the receivers emotional wounds and traumas that can surface during a bodywork session. The school’s training is rigorous in its attention to the students’ personal transformation for shiatsu, as it honours the deep therapeutic value of a well held shiatsu session.
Keith holds an honours degree in psychology and a diploma in Acupuncture from the London School of Chinese Medicine, as well as his diploma in Shiatsu from the Kushi Institute.
Keith served many years on the practitioner assessment panel of the Shiatsu Society (UK), including two years as chairperson. More recently he has been involved in the ratification of shiatsu schools for the Shiatsu Society (UK).
Over the last thirty plus years Keith has presented and co-facilitated some thirty weekend intensive workshops and numerous week-long residential intensives in personal transformation. He has also during this time run Postgraduate courses for practitioners in shiatsu, and on Body-focused Transformational Dialogue and on the developing, growing and sustaining of a professional practice.
Keith has a thriving practice in Somerset working as a therapist and shiatsu practitioner and also offers supervision and coaching to practitioners of complementary therapies. He continues to teach shiatsu and embodied relational presence and awareness for The Bristol School of shiatsu alongside his Postgraduate teaching work.