In memoriam Alan Nash

Alan Nash was born in London on May 14th, 1946. After grammar school he studied Psychology at the Marylebone Institute, London. Financial limitations forced him to work and he chose the world of physics, chemistry and information technology. However, this did not nourish his soul.

At the age of 24 he joined a large group of young people with an Indian master. An intensive training period followed, in which he studied meditation, Aikido, manual therapy, Yoga, Foot reflexology, acupuncture, Moxibustion and homeopathy.

In 1979 he came to the Netherlands as a computer expert, while continuing his studies into "healing". He studied Karate (Shotokan-style) with Hans Haarthoorn in Utrecht.

In 1981/1982 he studied Biometabolism at the European Laboratory for Nutrition and Nutrients with Professor Drs. E.F. Vogelaar, director of the European Nutriënten Laboratorium (ELN) in Utrecht. In 1981 he studied Shiatsu with Yoshinori Miyashita in Amsterdam. That year he also obtained his medical diploma of the N.V.G.N. in Amsterdam. In 1983 he began his practice of Footreflexology, “Healing” Do-In and Shiatsu in Lisse, in the Netherlands. He demonstrated and taught Shiatsu to those interested.

Later he met Sensei Yuichi Kawada and Kazunori Sasaki in Groningen and studied traditional Oriental medicine and diagnostics in three different countries. In 1988 he obtained the Japanese diploma cum laude. That year he founded the Ducth school for classical Shiatsu: the Nederlandse School voor Klassieke Shiatsu. In the years that followed, Alan has expanded his experience and knowledge by helping and treating patients that cannot be helped within Western medicine.

As one of the most experienced therapists and teachers in Europe, Alan is regularly asked for lectures and demonstrations at internatinal congresses like the International Shiatsu Congress in Kiental, Switzerland in 2007 and the International Shiatsu Congress in Le Canet, France in 2009.

In 2011 and 2012, Alan was invited by professional association NVTCG Zhong (The Netherlands) to give workshops for its members about diagnosis and special techniques. .