Diploma in Shiatsu Therapy (Glasgow School of Shiatsu)   



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Scott qualified as a Shiatsu practitioner, completing his 3 year training in 2004.  From there he has expanded his practice and now considers himself a manual therapist, using various modalities as appropriate to each patient.  He has  trained in kinesiology through the Academy of Systemic Kinesiology (more information about Kinesiology below).  Scott has trained extensively in Visceral and Neural Manipulation, and now runs the Barral Institute UK, the UK branch of the worldwide training organisation for Visceral Manipulation.  He is also the highest qualified practitioner in Lymph Drainage Therapy in the UK.  He is currently studying Brainwave Entrainment, a practice that utilises sound technology with the aim of aiding relaxation and wellbeing. 



Kinesiology  is a system of muscle testing for evaluating the body. It tests structural, chemical and electromagnetic or energy functions of the body, based on the principle that the body is a self-maintaining and self-correcting mechanism.

Kinesiology uses muscles to test for basic mechanical defects, organ and gland dysfunction, cranial and pelvic distortions, allergies, toxicity problems and stress levels in the body. 

Treatment draws on the knowledge of various natural health therapies including manipulation, massage, cranial work, acupressure and advice on nutritional support, diet and the use of homeopathic remedies and herbs. This means the practitioner can approach the health concerns of the body in a holistic manner and consider not only the structure of the body but also consider the chemical and emotional functioning of the individual.

The Triad of Health


Visceral Manipulation is used to locate and solve problems throughout the body. It encourages your own natural mechanisms to improve the functioning of your organs, counteract the negative effects of stress, enhance movement of the musculoskeletal system through the connective tissue attachments, and influence general metabolism.

Visceral treatmentThere are times when one or more of the internal organs (viscera) is not functioning at an optimal level or is putting a strain on other parts of the body.  A person with asthma, for example, often is unable to breathe normally and therefore the lung tissues are restricted.  This, in turn, can cause altered rib motion that affects the spine, leading to neck pain or headaches.  Without intervention such a cycle will often continue as the internal organs, in this case the lungs, are in continuous use.

Visceral Manipulation is a gentle, hands-on therapy.  The therapist will apply gentle pressure to specific tissues in the body to encourage them to move normally, without interfering with other nearby structures.

These gentle manipulations can potentially improve the functioning of the particular organ, its role in the body and the structural balance of the individual. Due to the delicate and often highly reactive nature of the visceral tissues, gentle force precisely directed reaps the greatest results. As with other methods of manipulation that affect the body deeply, Visceral Manipulation works only to assist the forces already at work. Because of that, trained therapists can be sure of benefiting the body rather than adding further injury or disorganization.

For more information on Visceral Manipulation visit Barral Institute UK.



Price List


45 minute appointments - 45

Brainwave Entrainment Appointments (60 minutes) - 60


To book an appointment with Scott Russell, please contact Ayr Chiropractic Centre