Markus GrasserDS MRSS(T) MRCHM, Principal of ESS UK

    Markus Grasser DS MRSS(T) MRCHM, Principal of ESS Brighton

    Markus started his training in Shiatsu in 1992 in Austria at the ESI (European Shiatsu Institute, originally founded by Ohashi). In 1994 he left for India and Malaysia to spend most of the following one and a half years studying yoga, Vipassana meditation, Taiji and Qigong. Those practices exert to this day an enormous influence on his approach to practicing and teaching Shiatsu.

    Markus has been fortunate to study for several years with Chris Jarmey, Michael Rose, Bill Palmer and Tim Mulvagh. In 2000 he set up the Brighton Branch of the European Shiatsu School. His passion is to teach the theories of Chinese Medicine in a way that is experiential and fun and at the same time profoundly relevant to effective clinical practice. Those aspects have since become the cornerstones of the ESS-Brighton. Markus is also a practitioner of Chinese Herbal Medicine and a Qi-gong teacher and has been in full time practice for 21 years.

    Those disciplines have since been a major source for his understanding of oriental medicine. Markus graduated in 1997 with the ESS in London and has been in full time practice ever since. From 1996 onwards Markus studied with and assisted Michael Rose over a period of 3 years and studied with Bill Palmer (Movement Shiatsu) for 4 1/2 years on postgraduate courses. He also received regular supervision from Tim Mulvagh (CBS- classically based shiatsu) for a period of 7 years.

    Markus set up the Brighton Branch of the European Shiatsu School in 2000 organizing and teaching all aspects of the Practitioner Diploma Course. In 2014 he handed over the role of ‘Course Director of the Brighton Branch of the ESS’ to Donna whilst maintaining an active role as the Director of the ESS UK in overseeing the Diploma course, providing supervision and teaching selected classes for second and third year students.

    Markus’s passion is to make the theories of Oriental Medicine tangible and palpable in the body through experiential exercises, qigong and palpation, thereby integrating theory with hands on practice. Markus is also a practitioner of Chinese Herbal Medicine (London College of Traditional Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine) and often treats with a combination of Shiatsu and Herbs.



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