I am Suzanne Yates, director of Well Mother www.wellmother.org. I’ve started this blog to share my passion about how we can support the wisdom we all have in our body.
The tools I use to support the body’s wisdom are primarily shiatsu and massage. I find that understanding the body as a garden/ or landscape is a powerful tool. This is what Chinese medicine, which is the theoretical basis for shiatsu, is essentially about. Chinese medicine sees the body as a microcosm of the universe, which is the macrocosm. The basic Yin and Yang energies of contraction and expansion which underly all life processes are expressed as night and day. This daily movement is then extended into a seasonal movement with the five elements of earth, water, fire, metal and wood. Each element corresponds to energies within the body.
I want to share this passion with all those who can benefit from working with the body as well as all those who work with the body. This includes both those of us who are labelled “complementary therapists” such as acupuncturists, yoga teachers, osteopaths, cranial sacral therapists as well as those who are labelled “orthodox practitioners” such as doctors, midwives and obstetricians.
A lot of my work is about supporting pregnant and birthing women and babies. This is because when I became pregnant in 1989 I couldn’t find many people who were working with massage and shiatsu and pregnancy. Now my daughter Rosa is 22 and helping inspire me with this blog and rekindle my interest in creative writing as she travels round the world writing about what she experiences.
As the years have gone by I have increasing been asked to work with women and their partners who are trying to conceive, and at the other end of the spectrum I work with women in the menopause often processing issues which happened around pregnant and birth. I also work with anyone who wants to experience shiatsu or massage. So I look forward to hearing from all of you.
“To my children (Bram and Rosa) who by binding me to the earth, freed me to fly” ( dedication of my book “Pregnancy and Childbirth” Elsevier 2010)
I look forward to hearing from you