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4 Good Health Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Workshops and Practitioner Training in Sheffield Tension and Trauma Release Exercises (TRE®) Provider

Co-Owners: Lisa Esmonde, Annette Lucas and Carol Dean

Lisa Esmonde
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PhD, PGDip,
BA(Hons), FwSS(T)
Member of the Register of the Shiatsu Society UK and Registered Shiatsu Teacher
Degree in Psychology and PhD in Health Psychology at Teesside University

Lisa Esmonde,

Lisa qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner in 2005 and worked part-time while conducting health services research in Sheffield and Leeds. From 2011, she began working full-time as a Shiatsu therapist for the Cavendish Centre in Sheffield at its main centre and at the Cancer Support Centre and maintained her private practice. She completed a PhD study from Teesside University examining the therapist effect in Shiatsu when given to people with MS.

Lisa works as an Academic Supervisor for the Online Msc in Advanced Complementary Medicine at the Northern College of Acupuncture, in York.

Lisa teaches Shiatsu at the Northern School of Shiatsu in Sheffield and is also available to teach elsewhere. She enjoys introducing the wider public to the benefits of this simple, yet profoundly deep healing art. She has a special interest in working with long term chronic illness and finds that those who avail of ongoing sessions are supported with the gentle contact that this therapy can provide.

Lisa runs self-care classes offering the general public some useful tools and tips for self-care from Shiatsu.

To book with Lisa or find out more about her work, please visit her web page. click here

Annette Lucas
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MBAcC, P.G.Dip.Ac, Dip AcM, FwSS(T), Registered Provider of TRE®
Registered member of the British Acupuncture Council
Registered Teacher with Shiatsu Society UK.
Auricular Acupuncturist at Sheffield Cancer Support Centreclick here
Acupuncturist, Shiatsu and Massage Practitioner at Cavendish Cancer Careclick here
Registered TRE® Provider click here - Tension and Trauma Release Exercises
Member of Nurture Sheffield - Fertility and Pregnancy Support click here
Locum Clinic Supervisor at Northern College of Acupunctureclick here


Annette is an experienced and fully registered practitioner and teacher, with over 15 years of experience. She offers a professional and confidential service tailored to best meet your individual needs.

She completed post graduate training at the Northern College of Acupuncture and is now a Locum Supervisor in their Student Teaching Clinic. She's also completed a 3 year diploma at the Northern School of Shiatsu, where she now teaches. click here

The Northern College of Acupuncture has been running acupuncture courses since 1989. They offer both a Bsc and an Msc in acupuncture and also post graduate degrees in nutritional therapy and Chinese herbal medicine. They also run busy teaching clinics at the College which is situated in the centre of historic York.

Annette co-founded Sheffield’s first Multibed Acupuncture Clinic in 2008. Her commitment and motivation to making therapies as accessible as possible was based on several years experience of working in community settings; with over 20 years of experience working with women survivors of abuse and 5 years experience in a drug & alcohol project.

She also now works at Weston Park Cancer Support Centre as an Auricular Acupuncturist and at Cavendish Cancer Care as an Acupuncturist, Shiatsu and Massage Practitioner. Both the Cancer Support Centre and Cavendish Cancer Care offer a range of services run by healthcare professionals to support anyone affected by cancer; patient, family or friend. This work also includes hospital based therapies at Weston Park Hospital and Macmillan Palliative Care Unit, Northern General Hospital and on the Haemotology ward at Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield.



Carol Dean

Carol began her Shiatsu studies in 1988 and graduated from the Shiatsu College in 1991. In 1998 Carol became a registered teacher with the Shiatsu Society and founded the Northern School of Shiatsu where I have been actively teaching ever since. Carol has also taught on shiatsu courses at Bradford College, Buxton College and the University of Derby.

Carol began her journey back in 1992 over 27 years ago, whilst she was working within social care she developed a very open mind and learned to become non judgemental. At the same time she was practising both yoga and martial arts and was always drawn to eastern way of thinking.

Her friend Joy found a shiatsu workshop being run by Bernard Nolan at Sheffield university. Neither knew then what shiatsu was but thought it sounded interesting. From here Carol felt “Just right”, and began a 6 month course with Bernard. However at the time there were every few schools about so Carol travelled to London to study with the shiatsu college to complete her training. She felt shiatsu was “Magic”.

Bernard set up a branch of the shiatsu college in Sheffield and soon Carol began assisting and going through the process of training as a teacher. However the shiatsu college decided they could no longer continue to keep the college, so closed leaving a year 3 group without a school or teacher. Carol stepped into the breech and opened her own school for these year 3’s, this was back in April 1998. Since then the Northern School of Shiatsu click here has flourished with little marketing but grown organically via word of mouth. It is now known as a centre of excellence for shiatsu nationwide.



Rachel Whaley

Diploma in Shiatsu for Pregnancy with Suzanne Yates, Wellmother.
Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Shiatsu & Traditional Oriental Medicine with The Northern School of Shiatsu.
CAM Yoga award in Teaching Yoga for Pregnancy with Rachael Moore & BeverleyNolan
40hr CAM Yoga Certificate in Teaching Hot Yoga TT with Jozef Wiewel.
200hr YA Accredited Quantum Yoga TT with Lara Baumann.
BA Hons in Dance Studies, Roehampton University.


Rachel qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner in 2018 and treats regularly at 4 Good Health. She
is an experienced yoga teacher, beginning her yoga studies in 2010 under the British Wheel
of Yoga and completing her 200 hours under Yoga Alliance in 2016 in India with Lara
Baumann, the founder of Quantum Yoga. Rachel has worked as a professional dancer and
choreographer and has always had a firm interest and dedication to bodywork.
Over the years, Rachel has developed a good understanding of anatomy and physiology, and
how the body is affected both positively and negatively by everyday movement. In her
work, Rachel addresses how one can balance effort and ease in their body to achieve more
equilibrium. She works holistically, addressing alignment, treating individuals with shiatsu
and offering appropriate recommendations based on a client’s circumstances.
Rachel combines yoga and shiatsu, running regular restorative yoga and shiatsu workshops.
Her intention is to combine therapies; to raise the profile of eastern practices like shiatsu, to
aid unity by providing opportunities for practitioners to work together, and to look at
greater ways for individuals to experience deep relaxation and self-healing amidst the rush
and demands of our everyday lives.
Rachel works within maternity care both in yoga and shiatsu, treating woman (and men)
through this period from conception into the postnatal period. Her current ongoing training
with Suzanne Yates, Well Mother both supports and inspires the quality of this work.
Rachel’s knowledge and experience in movement therapy, dance and anatomy shines
through when working with clients who use their bodies in their work (sports people,
dancers, bodyworkers and therapists, performers, artists, musicians etc.)



Lucinda Cotton

Acupuncturist
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Lucinda graduated from the University of Westminster with a BSc (Hons) in Traditional Chinese Medicine: Acupuncture in 2008. After graduating she went to further her studies at Nanjing’s University of Chinese Medicine in China, where she worked in a variety of hospitals focusing on pain management and stroke rehabilitation.
Since returning from China, Lucinda has worked with Hoxton Health Group at St. Leonard’s Hospital and the NHS Gateway Clinic, treating patients with chronic pain, addictions and HIV. She also set up an award winning, low cost, multi-bed clinic, the London Community Acupuncture Project, treating both adults and children with a variety of ailments. Since moving to Sheffield she has continued with her private practice in Sheffield an Derbyshire, as well as treating patients affected by cancer at Nenna Kind Cancer Care.
Lucinda truly believes in the benefits of taking a holistic approach to treat any condition. During the initial consultation she will take a detailed medical history and look closely at the patient’s diet, lifestyle and emotional wellbeing, so that she can advise and treat accordingly. She may also use cupping, moxabustion, massage, electro-acupuncture or auricular (ear) acupuncture alongside the acupuncture, if necessary, to ensure the best possible results.

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