Learn the importance of the Extraordinary Vessels for female clients: understand the changes in the menstrual cycle and key changes in pregnancy

You may or may not be working with women trying to conceive and pregnant women, but you feel that you would like a deeper understanding of how to support women and their families during this potentially challenging yet exciting time. You may even be afraid or unsure of how to work with certain aspects of pregnancy.

The most effective way to support conception,  pregnancy, and indeed the whole maternity period is to include work with the Core Four Extraordinary Vessels, not simply Conception and Governing Vessel. This course will help you understand more fully the powerful Extraordinary Vessels.

As well as deepening your shiatsu, you will learn self care exercises and meditations which will be useful not only for your clients but also you! This course can be taken as a stand alone module, but also gives a basis from which we will build into more detailed work in specialised maternity modules.


Foundation module: stand alone or can continue to maternity modules and Wellmother Diploma

Running since 1999, this course is a pre requisite to covering the material of the three specific maternity modules of pregnancy, birth and postnatal. During the course you will work with each other and discuss cases so that you can begin to integrate the Extraordinary Vessels into your work and that you are ready to continue with the more specialised work of the maternity modules.

The full maternity course for Shiatsu practitioners consists of a foundation module or day, followed by 3 modules, Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal. You can choose to attend the individual modules in any order and each is a self-contained course. You can choose to complete case studies for each module and have a certificate for that module or, if you complete case studies for all three modules and a reflective piece, then you will receive the Maternity Diploma. This  means you can go on the Wellmother register and be part of our global network.

The maternity modules are: Pregnancy 4-7 October 2018, Birth 7-10 February 2019 and Postnatal 27-30 June 2019: all in Bristol at the Centre for Whole Health. More information on these courses will be on line soon.

What you will learn

You will:

  • Understand why the key Extraordinary Vessels of Penetrating Vessel (Sea of Blood) and Girdle Vessel are so fundamental to menstruation, conception and pregnancy
  • Learn key changes during the menstrual cycle and pregnancy
  • Learn positioning issues for pregnancy
  • Understand more about your own connection to the menstrual cycle and pregnancy
  • Learn how to work sensitively and effectively with low risk women in the second and third trimester

The course runs from  9.30 to 5.30 Saturday and Sunday.

I feel that the course gave me some invaluable insights into the female psyche and the impact of their ‘Yin-ness’ on their well being – so much so I can now empathise more readily with them. To any male Shiatsu practitioners who plan to work with pregnant clients this course is a MUST.

Dave Hopwood MRSST

Shiatsu Practitioner

I knew I lacked confidence in working with pregnant women and wanted to change that. I finally took the step to do all of Suzanne's modules on maternity care, labour and postnatal. What I learned was much more than I expected. Not just the techniques for supporting women, their partners and babies,  but also how using the extraordinary vessels can have amazing benefits for everyone else I treat with shiatsu, including myself.  Suzanne has an incomparable depth of knowledge and a teaching style that makes you feel able to learn and apply those skills confidently

Vennetta Royal

Shiatsu Practitioner

Suzanne's work has had a huge impact on me: my studies completely changed the quality and depth of my treatments, not only with pregnant women but every client and I learnt so much about myself.

Szilvia Feher, MRSS

Shiatsu Practitioner

Dates and location

  • London, Shiatsu College, Brixton SW9 : 2 days
    19/01/2019 - 20/01/2019


Suzanne Yates

Suzanne is the founder and principal teacher at Well Mother

Entrance Requirements

  • You need to be a shiatsu practitioner, or in your final year of studies, or a bodyworker who works with Chinese medicine.

Supporting material

Pregnancy and childbirth

Suzanne Yates

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