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Melanie Ward

Shiatsu Practitioner, Shadow Work Coach
& Shadow Work Group Facilitator

Melanie Ward has been using Shiatsu for over a decade, to help people transform their pain, difficulty and stuckness; to connect with their bodies and emotions, and to access their inner wisdom.


She gained her Diploma in Shiatsu after completing the 3-year training with the Bristol School of Shiatsu, one of the longest established Shiatsu schools in the UK. She has also completed post-graduate study with the school, and was a teaching assistant with the school for many years.


Her experience includes working as a shiatsu practitioner for charities Naomi House, a mother and baby home for women with a history of street sex work; and the Rosie Crane Trust for bereaved parents.


Prior to developing her healing work, she spent a decade as a freelance artist working in education, where she worked with children, young people and adults, and found great joy in using her creativity to bring beauty into the world and helping others to do the same.


Melanie first encountered Shadow Work in 2009, and was so impressed with the depth, power and safety of this work that she began her training soon afterwards. She is a qualified one-to-one Shadow Work coach and Shadow Work Group Facilitator.


Her work with clients is also supported by training in Transformational Dialogue and Body Focused Enquiry with Keith Phillips, and experience from her own healing journey and personal practice of 5Rhythms Dance, yoga and T'ai Chi. Other passions include 5Rhthyms dance, music and being in nature.


She is a Member of the Professional Register of the Shiatsu Society, and abides by their codes of ethics and conduct.

Before moving to Devon, Melanie ran a successful practice in Glastonbury for many years.

To find out more about Shiatsu and Shadow Work see her website: