Our Teachers

Annie Cryar BSc. Cert.Ed.(1974) Dip.Shiatsu, MRSS (T) IYN Dip.

Annie’s interest in energy work started in 1972 when she took up Yoga. She first cut her teaching teeth with inner city four to eleven year olds and continued teaching in schools on and off for the next three decades.  Nicola was her first Qigong teacher in 1988, since then her practice of Yoga and Qigong as well as the study of Shiatsu and traditional Chinese Medicine has continued and blossomed.   Annie has mentored teacher-trainees in both mainstream education, for the Shiatsu Society UK and for the Qigong and Meridian Yoga teacher training courses. She is Principal of the Shiatsu College, Hastings and a member of the Shiatsu Society’s teacher trainer panel and Education Sub Committee.  Over the past eleven years Annie has been studying with Sifu Wing Cheung, a Qigong teacher who is committed to spreading the news about the benefits of Qigong throughout the world. She became a Senior Instructor for the Shibashi Sets endorsed by Sifu Cheung in 2016

She is committed to helping students find the best in themselves to teach the form, the essence and the spirit of Qigong.


Catherine Burnett BEd, Dip.Shiatsu, MRSS(T)


Since 2007 she has been training with Sifu Wing Cheung, who inspired her to spread the benefits of Qigong to the wider community. She teaches Qigong courses in Hastings and beyond as a visiting teacher. She has also worked in partnership with the N.H.S., E.S.C.C., Hastings Borough Council and Rother District Council on various community well- being projects. Catherine is passionate about the integration of Qigong into mainstream healthcare and her interest lies in combining the ancient wisdom of Taoism with new perspectives in Energy Medicine.


Nicola Ley (Nicola Pooley) BSc, BA, PGCE, Dip.Shiatsu MRSS (T) MA

Nicola started teaching in Tokyo in 1978, while she was discovering Shiatsu. She returned to England and studied to be a secondary school teacher at the London College of Education in 1980 – the ethos was student centred learning and a great emphasis was placed on the philosophy and politics of learning. She subsequently, taught in a large London school. In 1984 she was involved in setting up the Shiatsu College with a particular emphasis on curriculum development. Nicola has delivered Shiatsu teacher training since 1996 and has been a teacher trainer for many of the Shiatsu Society’s teachers. Nicola took up Qigong in 1984. She has practiced almost every day since. She has studied Tai Chi (Yang style) and a wide variety of Qigong forms. In 2001 she studied Hua Gong with Dominic Hill who has transformed her practice. He helped her take the Qigong practice she had been banking since 1984 to a current account! Nicola is the author of Shiatsu in a Nutshell and has produced a CD – Qigong, and a DVD with Carola Beresford-Cooke – Helping Ourselves Heal.