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Learn the importance of the Extraordinary Vessels for female clients:understand the menstrual cycle and how to support fertility and the menopause

You may feel that you could give better support to your female clients at different phases of their cycle whether or not they are trying to conceive. You might also feel that you would like to understand how to support your own energies better. The menstrual cycle offers a valuable tool for understanding the nature of women’s energies and how to support them more effectively, especially if we are trying to conceive. The most effective way to support conception, and indeed the whole maternity period, is to include work with all the Core Four Extraordinary Vessels, not simply Conception and Governing Vessel. 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.


What you will learn

  • How to start integrating the Extraordinary Vessels into your work, especially Penetrating, Girdle, Conception and Governing
  • Eastern understandings of the menstrual cycle, which will help you integrate the Extraordinary Vessels along with the 12 channels into your work with all female clients
  • Relevant Anatomy and Physiology of the menstrual cycle in an engaging and practical way
  • More about your own connection to your menstrual cycle
  • Understanding the ending of the menstrual cycle (the menopause)
  • Exercises to help you understand the nature of the Extraordinary Vessels which will benefit both you and your clients

Foundation module: stand alone or can continue to maternity modules

Running since 1999, this course is a pre requisite to covering the material of the specific modules of pregnancy, birth and postnatal.

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 November 2020, Birth November 2021 and Postnatal November 2022: all in Bristol at the Centre for Whole Health.

These courses are taught by Suzanne Yates.

The course with Nicola Endicott made a wonderful refresher of both technique and theory, whilst adding a new approach to working, which includes connecting with Essence, which flows / resides within the marvellous Extraordinary Vessels.

Nicola Endicott facilitated the cooperative learning environment expertly, keeping balance between work and play, relaxation and learning, so that each day went by seemingly quickly, yet by the end of the course we mostly felt like we had been on a lifetime voyage, arriving in a new present moment, enriched and revitalised, not fatigued nor over-loaded.

I found exploring and working with these Vessels to be a very rewarding and profound process. I  opened to a new depth, a new layer of understanding and appreciating the constantly collective and self-evolving process that is the learning and practise of the experiential healing art of shiatsu.

Katie Rodd

Shiatsu Practitioner

Dates and location

  • 2 days, Dorking, Surrey
    25/01/2020 - 26/01/2020


Nicola Endicott

Nicola runs Wellmother foundation workshops in the UK

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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£160 (or £140 early bird discount if booked by end November 2019)

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