Body-worker and Birth Educator
BA(Hons), PGCE(PCET), MRSS(T), DipHSEC, DipAPNT, CNHC registered, AOBTA®(Honorary)
Suzanne is the founder and main teacher at Well Mother. She has been developing an holistic approach to maternity since 1989. Motivated by her first pregnancy, she began to deepen her professional shiatsu and massage work to specialise in maternity care. She established ‘Well Mother’ in 1990, teaching shiatsu, massage and exercise to women and their partners in Bristol, UK, to help them connect with the wisdom of their body.
Suzanne continues to work with individual clients, primarily from her clinic in Bristol. She offers shiatsu, massage and individual exercise sessions and works with clients, male and female, at all stages of their lives although she specialises in working from pre conception, through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period with both partners and their baby.
When she is teaching abroad, clinic days can sometimes be arranged. If you have special requests for individual work, please don’t hesitate to contact Suzanne to discuss your particular needs.
Appointments can be made to see Suzanne at her clinic in Bristol.
Phone or email appointments/skype consultations can also be arranged.
“Even though it has been 30 years since I discovered shiatsu, I am still amazed by its power and simplicity. It reaffirms for me how important it is to not loose the traditional wisdom of our ancestors, and be able, in this high tech world, to be able to tune into our bodies and work with our own healing power.
I am also in awe of the impact of our time in the womb on the whole of the rest of our lives and the importance of working with women in the maternity period for me is not just about supporting women but in supporting the baby at the beginning of their life. While a lot of my work is with women during the maternity period, I find working with my students and other non pregnant clients, the experience of pregnancy and birth is always relevant.
My passion is in integrating eastern and western approaches to provide holistic maternity care and collaborating with relevant health professionals to do this.
As well as my clinical work in Bristol. I run training courses world wide for massage/shiatsu therapists, midwives and childbirth educators.
My first book “Shiatsu for Midwives” was published in 2003 and since then I have published “Beautiful Birth” for parents and “Pregnancy and Childbirth” for practitioners working with maternity clients. I am currently developing other texts and resources.”
Following the success and demand for her work, in 1998 Suzanne set up courses for health professionals (midwives, shiatsu and massage therapists). She now teaches internationally, regularly visiting N America, Australasia and Europe. She has written numerous articles on the subject and has spoken at many international conferences ranging from midwifery conferences to shiatsu conventions.
She has written three books: “Shiatsu for Midwives” published by Elsevier in 2003 has proved popular amongst therapists as well as midwives and has been translated into German, French and Italian. “Beautiful Birth” is aimed at parents (Carroll and Brown 2008) and “Pregnancy and childbirth; an holistic approach to massage and bodywork” is Suzanne’s long awaited book for therapists which is the text book for the shiatsu and massage courses (Elsevier 2010). In 2006 she set up a teacher training programme and currently eight teachers are working with her. She continues to train new teachers who currently assist on her courses.
She continues to work with mothers as well as professionals and this guides her to deepen her knowledge and expand her skill base. She works with women trying to conceive as well as women going through the menopause. Her passion lies with integrating eastern and western approaches to offer a complete health care system for women at all stages of their lives.
She served on the National Health Service Maternity Services Liaison Committee from 1995-2000 and was involved with a practice audit on shiatsu for post-term pregnancy at her local maternity unit in Bristol, published 2005. She continues to learn from her students, the women she works with and through on-going study and research. She especially values the learning from parenting her two children Bram and Rosa, who were the original inspiration for her work.
In addition to a degree in modern languages (French and Italian), she holds diplomas in shiatsu and therapeutic massage, a postgraduate certificate in teaching and has trained in antenatal and postpartum exercise with Elizabeth Noble (Boston, USA). She continues to deepen her shiatsu studies with Japanese masters in Europe and attending other relevant workshops. Recently she has been working with the ideas of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (Body Mind Centring) both with Bonnie and Linda Hartley and Cherionna Menzam Sills.