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 asked by professional association NVTCG Zhong (Netherlands), to give workshops on diagnosis and special techniques to its members. You can read more about this at his Linkedin page.
Yuichi Kawada – Sensei – Teaches level 4 of the shiatsu vocational education
Sensei Kawada is a distinguished teacher of Oriental medicinal knowledge and its history. He is one of the most experienced Japanese teachers in Europe. His additional interests include the I-Ching and 9-star-ki, which he correlates with Shiatsu.
Through his practical experience, he discovered the connection between the twelve main meridians and the eight Curious Vessels. Based on this, he developed eight Do-In exercises for stretching the Curious Vessels. His experiments with these meridians are remarkably effective.
Yuichi Kawada is founder and director of Yoseido Shiatsu, the three-year vocational education in Shiatsu Therapy in Belgium. In 2002 his book was published, “Essential Shiatsu”, which treats the eight Curious vessels. In June 2008 the book was published in German, French and Russian. Since 1998 Yuichi Kawada has been teaching level 4 at the NSKS.
The year with Sensei Kawada is now also accredited as postgraduate education for Shiatsu therapists, acupuncturists and TCM students and therapists. It is considered a valuable and important addition to the history and depth of effective diagnostics and treatment. Participants are initiated into knowledge and practice not found in other European education because of Yuichi Kawada’s lifelong study starting with his father’s influence as a practitioner and deeply rich knowledge and experience of the roots of the Oriental approach in preventive treatment and teaching.
Anushka Hofman – Owner of the Dutch School for DO-IN, teaches level 1 of the shiatsu vocational education
Anushka started studying Shiatsu at the NSKS in 1992. She graduated in 1996 and has been practicing Shiatsu since 1993.
In 1995 she began teaching Do-In at the NSKS, and from 1996 onward she has been a teacher of Shiatsu and Do-In for students of the vocational education and basic courses. She has also been teaching outside of the school, for instance to personel of KPN, or to students of the Dutch society of Sport masseurs (N.G.S.). In 1995 she also organized the annual residential shiatsu seminar in Lunteren for the N.S.K.S.
Anushka has received postgraduate education repeatedly.
In 1997 she attended Oriental diagnosis classes of Ohashi Sensei and others.
In 1998 she was taught calligraphy by Yunko Yamanouchi.
In 1999 Medicinal cooking with Kyoko Onishi.
She has been organising this course for the NSKS annually ever since.
In may 2003 she helped develop a Dutch version, together with Alan Nash, of the book on Do-In, called Meridian exercises, by Shizutu Masunaga. She also helped develop the book of the NSKS on Do-In for young and old, written by Jolanda Smolders. On April 18th, 2004 she was interviewed by Myrna Goossen for the Dutch RTL4 programm “Aperitivo” on the meaning and importance of Do-In.Do-In voor jong en oud’ geschreven door Jolanda Smolders. Op 18 april 2004 werd zij geïnterviewd door Myrna Goossen voor RTL4 in het programma “Aperitivo” over de betekenis en het belang van DO-IN.
Since 2004 Anushka has been specialising into female problems and therapeutic applications of Do In specifically for women. She has been teaching weekly Do-In lessons for women. In addition, for women who cannot attend these weekly sessions, she organizes several workshops both in and outside of the N.S.K.S.
In 2006 she spent three months teaching Shiatsu to twelve masseurs of the “Elysium, Centre for Well-being”.
Since 2006 Anushka organizes and facilitates the training for advanced students (of Shiatsu and Do-In) to become qualified as teachers of Do-In. The Dutch School for Do-In issues licenses for Do-In teachers, and organises the Do-In teacher day for license renewal. Anushka also teaches key seminars of the vocational education, such as the Moxa seminar and the Japansese Medicinal Cooking seminar..
Want to know more about Do-IN? Visit Anushka's page Nederlandse School voor DO-IN.
Sebastiaan van Leeuwen – Teaches level 2 of the shiatsu vocational education
Sebastiaan van Leeuwen came to the NSKS for the first time in 2001 to take a basic Shiatsu and DO-IN course with Alan Nash. His interest in Eastern disciplines had grown ever greater after he started Aikido in 1999 with Aikido Dojo ShiZenRyu. Because of this interest and his desire for further personal development, he came to the NSKS. From the first step he took within this school, he already knew that he would be studying this art for the rest of his life.
Sebastiaan van Leeuwen teaches the second year of the accredited professional shiatsu diploma course. He is a certified Shiatsu therapist and Do-In teacher trained and qualified at an advanced level at the Dutch school for classical shiatsu. In addition to teaching at the NSKS he has his own Shiatsu practice.
Sebastiaan heeft van 1999 tot en met 2009 Aikido bestudeerd bij Aikido Dojo Shizenryu van Aikido leraar Tom Verhoeven. Vanaf 2003/2004 heeft hij regelmatig lessen waargenomen en is in seizoen 2005/2006 opgeleid tot leraar.
Hij heeft lesgegeven aan volwassenen en kinderen. Aan volwassenen minimaal 4 lessen per week, op beginners- en op gevorderdenniveau. Aan kinderen verdeeld in twee groepen: van 6 tot en met 11 jaar en van 11 tot en met 16 jaar. Als leraar van de kunst en vakken van Aikido, DO-IN en Shiatsu heeft Sebastiaan meer dan 10 jaar praktijk- en docentervaring.
Sebastiaan heeft onder andere lessen gevolgd van de onderstaande aikidoleraren:
Alan Ruddock, Henry Kono, Tamura sensei, Maitre de Dobbeleer, Asai sensei, Fujimoto sensei, Kiichi Hine sensei, Alain Peyrache, Moriteru Ueshiba sensei (doshu), Fujita sensei, Kobayashi sensei, Ken Cottier, Sugano Sensei, Donovan Waite, Christian Tissier.
Aikido is een studie van werken met Ki (levensenergie) die veel parallellen vertoond met DO-IN en shiatsu wat betreft benaderingswijze met lesgeven op hoog niveau.
2001 t/m 2003 tweejarige studie bij de NSKS
2003 t/m 2013 zelfstudie shiatsu
2003 t/m 2007 studie Talen en Cultuur van Japan aan de Universiteit van Leiden
2007 – 2008 voor 5 maanden naar Japan afgereisd om daar te wonen, leven en werken en zich verder te verdiepen in de krijgskunst Aikido
2013 – 2018 Beroepsopleiding Shiatsu therapeut aan de Nederlandse School voor Klassieke Shiatsu