Dee S. Weir, Shiatsu Therapist
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I absolutely love the ‘art of touch’. My mother and grandmother taught me the art of touch when I was just a young child; its power and importance was evident to me, even at that early age. When I was only six years old, I used what they taught me to help ease my grandfather’s scoliosis pain. Touch was always a part of my family’s understanding of well-being. Years later, when my sister-in-law suffered an attack of asthma, my immediate reaction was to touch. I began to apply pressure to her back, got her to relax, and breathe. When she recovered, she suggested that perhaps I had found my calling. Although I was drawn to this type of therapeutic art form, I did not know the term “Shiatsu” yet. It just felt natural to me, intuitive, and comfortable. I felt as if I had come home.
When I realized the art of touch was a calling, I researched various therapies and techniques and pursued more formal education. Barbara Esher, owner of the Baltimore School of Shiatsu recommended that I experience a session before committing to their program. After just one session I was hooked. I knew that Shiatsu was something that I had to do. While enrolled in their program, I learned the history and theory behind Shiatsu, and its importance. I received body work on a regular basis and practiced my techniques on other students. In practicing Shiatsu, I become more familiar with the 8 branches of Asian medicine; I saw both my health and my own physical strength improve and I learned that Shiatsu was not just a form of bodywork, but incorporated so much more.
After graduation, I began my private practice and realized I wanted a practice that allowed an ongoing relationship with clients which would assist their overall well-being. In my private practice, Columbia Shiatsu, I am passionate about the healing power of touch and its relationship to wellbeing. My practice of Shiatsu, is not just bodywork, but also blends the roots of wisdom in the power of touch to bring about whole body healing. I incorporate many of the teachings of the eight branches of Asian medicine; meditation, breath, nutrition, mindful movement, bodywork, and self-care, to empower, and educate my clients on their healing journey. I encourage them to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.
Dedicated to the process of healing, and after partnering with a colleague at Acupuncture and Healing Arts for several years, I became the sole owner and founder of Howard County Holistic Center. The mission is ‘to educate and empower individuals in taking responsibility for their own health and well-being.’ I visualize a holistic center where practitioners of different modalities are supporting their clients in all eight branches of Asian medicine; meditation, breathing, nourishment, mindful movement, herbology, Feng Shui, massage therapy, and acupuncture.
I love what I do and I love to see the positive transformations my clients make in their health through the healing arts we offer. I bring my training and background to assist clients along their healing journey by offering quality services, including referring to other colleagues to best meet their needs.
Dee is a certified Shiatsu Practitioner with the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA), and has been practicing in the field of Shiatsu since 1996. She is a graduate of the Shiatsu and Asian Bodywork Program at the Baltimore School of Massage, and also the Baltimore School of Shiatsu. Dee has been designated as a Diplomate in Asian Bodywork Therapies by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is the former Clinic Director of the Shiatsu Program at the Baltimore School of Massage.