Tony Austin

I discovered shiatsu when training as an actor in 1985. I originally trained with Sonia Moriceau Sensei at the Healing Shiatsu Centre in Hereford (now the Orchard Dharma Centre) and qualified as a therapist in 1991. I have continued to study with some of the most experienced teachers in Europe including: Cliff Andrews, Nicola Pooley, Paul Lundberg and Dinah John of the Shiatsu College; and Dan Stretton and Kulwinder Kaur of the British School of Shiatsu-do. I have also recently completed a professional diploma in Integrative Counselling at Lambeth College.

My approach to shiatsu is a practical blend of traditional Zen shiatsu, working with the hara and twelve channels of the Masunaga system and Shin Tai, a method of bodywork developed by Saul Goodman in the United States which works on the spine and musculo-skeletal system to bring about a deep relaxation in the body so we can activate our own healing resources.


Having studied Tai Chi for many years, in 2013 in enrolled on the Shiatsu College’s two-year Qigong instructor programme and qualified in 2015. I teach Tai Chi Qigong Shibashi, a system developed in China in the 1970s to integrate the best exercises for health and well-being from many diverse Qigong traditions into a clear and simple method which can be learned by anyone regardless of age or physical ability. Learning Qigong is also a great way of maintaining the benefits acquired from a shiatsu session.

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After many happy years living and working in London, my wife and I relocated to Brighton at the end of 2016. We are loving our new home and I look forward to sharing the benefits of shiatsu and Qigong with our new community by the sea.