My Life and my Healing Vocation

I grew up in a family of healers and artists. Nearly all of them are physicians or psychotherapists by vocation, and artists at an amateur level. I have followed in these footsteps, though pursuing asian medicine as opposed to western medicine. Shiatsu for me is the pinnacle of healing and creativity. It is a blending ground for my desire to be sensitive, skilled, and useful to humanity. 

In order to do Shiatsu, an unending process of self development is necessary. I was unaware of this as I entered the field; however the self-development has become one of the most gratifying aspects of my work. In helping my clients meet their own challenges, I have  become clearer, more skilled with my hands, and more generous of heart.

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Gratitude for Teachers and Family

I am forever grateful to my teachers of Shiatsu, most notably Grandmother WinterJade Forest (formerly known as Lindy Ferrigno). 

 

I am also forever grateful to these three great innovators and teachers of Shiatsu: Shizuto Masunaga, Akinobu Kishi, and Pauline Sasaki. These three are deceased, and though I never got to meet them in the flesh, their impact on my teachers was so strong that the feeling and sense of them is still remarkably tangible.

 

And, I am forever grateful to my family, who set examples as good human beings, and who showed me that it is your humanity that helps you do medicine.

Nathan Torrence, Cherry Blossom Shiatsu