My commitment to health care started in 1982 with my nurse training. I successfully qualified and followed a career in medical nursing, accident and emergency and finally in a hospice. But my nursing left me feeling disconnected from myself and from the patients I wanted to help.
While studying meditation and ki Aikido( a marshal art) I was introduced to the idea of a different concept of medicine, a health care that is complementary to our orthodox medicine and found Shiatsu.
In 1991 I began my training in Shiatsu with Chris Jarmey at the European Shiatsu School in Marlborough. By the time I had qualified in 1994, I had left nursing to devote myself to and focus fully on Shiatsu.
I have informed my work by attending post graduate courses with some of the best Shiatsu teachers, Chris Jarmey, Nicola Pooley – helping me to develop my skills of intuition, with Suzanne Yates on pregnancy and birth and recently a work shop with Bill Palmer on Movement Shiatsu.
When not working in clinics I have set up practices at home working in wiltsire, Spain and Devon and combined my medical and Shiatsu knowledge to work with all clients and their issues.
During 1991 my work brought me to an osteopathic clinic in Warminster where I gained valuable experience in working with back problems and pain, treating clients with chronic back problems and back surgery and with clients with joint problems and other issues.
My interest in health during and after pregnancy and child birth developed after the birth of my own two children and I have had the honor of attending home births and caring for women during the ante natal through to the post natal period. Whilst living in Spain I was part of a mid wifery group working to promote safe birth at home.
Working in the busy but tranquil clinics in Ashburton and Totnes, my work is still expanding and my experience and commitment to Shiatsu grows .
"I have had many sessions with Jane and all have been powerful and healing. She is calm, efficient, caring and always seems to be in tune with what i need. Her counselling skills are excellent and I always leave her sessions refreshed, nourished and in better shape than when I went in."
Fiona. Business woman.
"...following an op on my back a few years ago I would arrive in considerable pain and discomfort and Jane would know exactly what to do and how much pressure to apply. She was gentle, intuitive, trustworthy and a highly skilled practitioner.... she helped with my recovery."
"I first met Jane Pickard through personal recomendation when I was 12 weeks pregnant and was lucky enough to be treated by her through out my pregnancy and labour, as well as post-natally. She is, of course, a highly skilled Shiatsu practioner, but it's because this is combined with such a calm, emphatic nature and such expertise thar I found her so invaluable, especially during the birth of my son. For anyone, pregnant or not, I cannot speak highly enough of the benefits of treatments with Jane."
Angie. Playgroup Leader.
You can contact Jane Pickard through The Haven using the following contact details: -
- T: 01364 654954