Therapist: Barbara Richardson - Zen Shiatsu


My name is Barbara and I am A SPECIALIST ZEN SHIATSU THERAPIST based in the Clovelly end of greater Randwick.
Detailed diagnosis provides a framework for your treatment addressing your issues – acute, chronic & systemic. Follow up is provided to support you in taking charge of your health and well-being.

OVERVIEW: who is the therapist?

Shiatsu History

In the early 90’s I suffered a significant lower back injury. This injury was healed with Zen Shiatsu, meridian-based yoga and macrobiotic diet. I continued to receive Zen Shiatsu and in the early 2000’s trained as a professional Therapist.

Over the 20 YEARS since then I have worked in both natural & complementary medical clinics (individual, group and multidisciplinary settings) and interdisciplinary medical practice. I also cater for home-bound clients. At the other end of the spectrum, my experience extends to the corporate environment – testament to the fact that Shiatsu is still remarkably effective even in 15 minute increments.



My CORE BELIEF is that Shiatsu brings depth and stability to your personal health and well-being. My PRIMARY AIM is to help people feel better in themselves and function better in their lives. BEYOND THIS, my goal is to EMPOWER MY CLIENTS to take charge of their own well-being so that they may enjoy greater health and vitality.



A Zen Shiatsu specialist therapist

Since my initial training as a Zen Shiatsu therapist, I have pursued ongoing, wide ranging PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT as a way of expanding and refining my practice. This feeds constantly into my work and allows me to offer my clients more (& more again) and to offer my services to more people.

For the last eight years, this has focused on the ADVANCED ZEN SHIATSU ENERGY WORK of Clifford Andrews and his team in the UK. More recently I have also completed training that allows me to work with certain NDIS clients and gained greater experience outside the clinic space in private homes and in the corporate world.

how this therapist could BENEFIT you, your employees and your business


Professional Standing

  • A fully accredited, insured professional therapist with 20 years’ experience in both private & interdisciplinary medical & complementary medical practice (Aboriginal Medical Service Redfern, Ben&Biao Randwick). I also cater to home-bound clients (aged &/or disabled) and corporate entities.
  • Full Member of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia (STAA), the peak body for Shiatsu in Australia, & member of the STAA National Council (2013-14 incl.)
  • Co-Author, STAA submission to the 2014 Federal Government Natural Therapies Review investigating the safety and effectiveness of natural therapies.
  • Over 30 years’ involvement in the Sydney Shiatsu Community. Administers a dedicated Facebook Group for local Shiatsu Therapists facilitating dialogue, exchange and professional development.
  • Taught Zen Shiatsu & supervised Student Clinic at the NSW School of Massage and the Zen Renaissance Healing Centre & College (2007 – 2014).
  • Public Liability Insurance with Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. (Aus.) Ltd.

Training & Education

  • DIPLOMA of ZEN SHIATSU THERAPY (2 yrs). Included courses in:
    * Zen Shiatsu theory, technique and practice
    * Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory and practical application to Zen Shiatsu
    * Food as Medicine – whole foods & macrobiotics
    * Meridian-based KI Yoga – meridian support & imbalance correction, in addition to
    * 120 hours of supervised Student Clinic
  • Current 1st AID certification (CPR, Life Support and hygiene protocols).
  • MULTI-DAY MASTERCLASSES with a range of senior Shiatsu teachers including world renowned Sensei Wataru OhashiSensei Yuji Yahiro and Bill Palmer.
  • Series of EXTENDED MASTER CLASSES, since 2015, multi-module courses & subject specific webinars with Clifford Andrews and the NEW ENERGY WORK Team.
    This has included training in:
    * Advanced Zen Shiatsu Energy Work – Quantum Shiatsu
    * Treating the Back with Shiatsu,
    * Treating Stress & Trauma with Shiatsu – followed up with courses in Temporal Scanning & Shiatsu & Polyvagal Theory
    * Vibrational Levels in Shiatsu Diagnosis & Treatment – An energetic and technical approach for diagnosing and treating the Physical, Emotional, Mental & Spiritual levels of the individual client
    * Meridian Yoga – A Scaravelli approach to classical Hatha Yoga (focusing on internal experience and movement quality) linking Asanas with specific meridians and acupressure points of the TCM system
  • NDIS Worker Orientation Certificate (NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission)
  • COVID 19 Infection Control Training (Australian Gov Dep’t of Health)
  • FELDENKREIS BASED Moving Awareness & Integration: “Body Preparation”, “Movement” & “Teaching Technique” (Programs: I, II, III, & IV) with Monika Pagneux (Paris)
  • BA (Hons. Class 1), MA (Hons.)

Other Experience relevant to my work as a Zen Shiatsu Therapist

  • 35 years Ongoing Yoga practice includes Hatha (Ashtanga Vinyasa & Iyengar) in addition to Ryoho, Ki and Oki Do styles of Japanese Yoga
  • Taught Iyenga Yoga at The Australian School of Yoga (1989 – 91)