I’m about to start an exciting new project at The Seren hospital in Brigend. As part of the unique wellbeing team there I will be delivering shiatsu on the ward to patients rehabilitating from Covid. This is such an amazing opportunity to work in an NHS setting, Im very excited !! I’m also going to offer sessions to staff to support their wellbeing as I think our NHS heroes would really benefit from some healing and support. We have arts projects, mental health provision, movement, yoga and bodywork in the wellbeing team helping patients recover quicker so they can be discharged and finally go home.

Update: This project has been going so well, I’m half way through it now and the response has been overwhelming. Elderly patients who have mostly never had a massage in their lives before being so open to trying it and loving the benefits of nurturing touch, some quotes from them below. The staff on the ward have been so supportive and encouraging of my work too.

‘it feels like a hug’

‘it feels like your hand is taking all the pain away’

‘my body feels light as a feather’

‘can I have another dose please?’

Senior nurse :

‘wowed is the word, one of our patients who is quite restless, changeable and very bored following the Shiatsu session was glowing, and said it was incredible,but what was excellent was that his mood and his fidgeting just wasn’t there and that lasted for the weekend. He remembered it and it was a really effective therapy for him. It made me realise that I wish we had more of that in hospitals because that’s much more effective than any medication. It stopped the escalation of behaviours due to dementia and boredom’

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