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Activities at The Skyros Centre, Greece

Massage & Shiatsu with Sally Ibbotson

Sat 18 - Fri 1 Jul 2022

Holistic massage and Shiatsu treatments with Sally are available during your stay at the Skyros Centre, for which there is a local charge.

Holistic massage is a good way to integrate experience and to literally land after a journey! Massage is generally deeply relaxing for the body and mind.

Shiatsu is a fully-clothed body therapy which is similar to Acupuncture and without needles. Using acupoints and meridians, Shiatsu aims to balance and underpin the innate healing power of the body, mind and spirit.

Rooted in the philosophy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shiatsu is part of an ancient medical system which also combines Physiotherapy techniques. It is commonly performed on a futon on the floor although it can also be done on a massage table if more comfortable. During the Shiatsu you will be fully clothed. Typically, the body will be stretched, mobilised and rotated and then pressure (sometimes light and other times firm) is applied to significant points and sites on the body. Everything is done in accordance with your comfort and safety.


What's included?

Sally will be at the Skyros Centre on Skyros island in Greece and is part of a wide range of courses and activities available. The holiday includes half board, twin shared accommodation in the village. Single upgrades are available. Chat through the website, call +44 (0)1983 86 55 66 or email holidays@skyros.com to discuss your requirements. Find out more about about these holidays here: SC1 (28th May - 4th June)SC2 (4th - 11th June)SC3 (11th - 18th June) and SC4 (18th June - 1st July).


About Sally Ibbotson

Sally Ibbotson started her career in Complimentary Medicine in 1993, qualifying as a Massage Therapist with the Gerda Boysen Institute and as a Counsellor with the Centre for the Advancement in Counselling.  Seeking depth to her work and more of a spiritual dimension, she studied Shiatsu between the years of 1995 and 2001 and, on qualifying undertook post-graduate study which resulted in a Teacher qualification in Qigong. Qigong had been taught to undergraduate Shiatsu practitioners as a means to keeping our own energy intact whilst treating clients.

Sally studied Qigong under many Teachers and taught in the NHS. Specifically, she worked in the Therapies team at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in London for 6 years where she taught Qigong as part of our pain management programme. During this time, she studied and qualified with Mark Peters in Birmingham. Mark is responsible for creating a rehabilitation pathway within the NHS which includes Qigong on site and in the community. 

In 2016, she moved into Palliative care at St Christopher’s Hospice in South London and set up weekly Qigong classes alongside my Shiatsu clinic there. These attracted both in-patients and out-patients.

Throughout the above history, she has been self-employed and running Shiatsu clinics and Qigong classes in the community. Before the Covid 19 pandemic, she also ran an annual 4 day Qigong retreat at Gaunt’s House in Dorset and regular London Workshops.  I also offer Qigong and Shiatsu at the Breast Cancer Haven in Fulham, South East London and at Open Age classes who are funded to address social isolation in the over 50s..

Sally is a regular attendee of Programmes at the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland (and lives in the Findorn area now) and as a result of this self and spiritual development, her current style of Qigong has changed somewhat. She teaches from a passion for the Earth and all that she offers us. She incorporates integral imaging, affirmations alongside the traditional movements with the breath.

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