Fernando Cabo BA. BSc. MSc. Dip Shiatsu is the director and principal teacher at the Professional Shiatsu School. His first regular contact with shiatsu was in the early 90s when he was working at the International Macrobiotic Institute in Switzerland. He enjoyed it so much that he decided to become a professional shiatsu therapist. After doing a few short Zen shiatsu courses in the early 90s, Fernando graduated as a professional in 2001 and has been working with shiatsu and sotai ever since.
He trained first as instructor, and then as a teacher of shiatsu
and sotai. He has been training professionals since 2004.
In 2008 he decided to study Namikoshi shiatsu and was examined
by Matsuko Namikoshi, former director of the Japan Shiatsu College
Apart from his private practice, he volunteered for many years giving shiatsu to children on dialysis, and currently, he is a volunteer in an NHS hospital where he helps cancer patients cope with some of their symptoms and side effects of the treatment.
At the hospital, he has conducted research on shiatsu for pain management in cancer patients.
These experiences have helped him encounter many different health and wellbeing conditions, and develop his style of shiatsu which he calls
Heisei Shiatsu. Heisei means serene, tranquil, calm, restful, peaceful, quiet.
His experiences as a volunteer and his interest in research have led him to get together with like-minded colleagues to set up the Shiatsu Research Institute. Fernando is the author of two published research papers on shiatsu.