Hello – my name is Heidi Dore
I practice Yoga and Shiatsu in a beautiful space in the countryside surrounded by trees and wildlife. These powerful holistic therapies help the body and mind and soothe pain and injury. They also boost energy and mood – and put a spring in your step. To put it simply – they make you feel better and happier.
Mother nature is an important part of the therapy. I am based in the peaceful village of Balmerino on the Fife coast path, just a 5-miles from Dundee. Spending time here brings you back to earth. There are horses, squirrels, robins, wrens and other wildlife everywhere you look – an occasional toad may cross your path on the way to my front door. Observing the simple but fascinating way of nature – which underpins who we are and everything we do – makes it easier to forget stress and sadness.
Down to the earth & back to the body
I begin with the physical body because it is the most accessible bit of ourselves. Shiatsu, which is a healing art from Japan, uses fingers, thumbs, palms, elbows and even knees to stimulate pressure points, ease pain and tension. Yoga makes you wobble and huff and puff with big stretches and strange balancing poses.
Subtler techniques are used to soothe and strengthen our deeper or unconscious parts. In yoga we use breathing or pranayama, meditation and mantra. In Shiatsu, I use gentle listening and holding techniques with my hands.
Most people just want to feel happier
Many clients come for help with physical problems such as a bad back or sports injury. They usually have the broader aim of wanting to feel happier, managing stress, making big life changes or dealing with events such as bereavements, break-up or redundancy.
Shiatsu & Yoga transform turbulent feelings
They calm the mind, reduce mental confusion and soothe aches and pains. In 2017, researchers at Harvard and Columbia found yoga classes teaching slow breathing techniques significantly reduced severe depression, after just 12 weeks of twice weekly classes. Research into back pain shows it is as effective as physio therapy.
Sessions tailored to your needs
Yoga & Shiatsu sessions are tailored to the individual. Allow 75 minutes for the first appointment which starts with an informal chat so I can find out how you are feeling and how you would ideally like to feel. I start with the outer or most manifest symptoms first – stiff neck, painful shoulders, tight hamstrings, headaches – before dealing with emotional or psychological issues. The process is safe and effective. Don’t worry I work through clothes – so no need to get your kit off. Last but not least, it is highly enjoyable.