Well-being classes boost orphan fund

Beiderbeckes plays host to a charity fundraiser for Japanese Orphans of the Tsunami ...Jo Smith puts visitors through their paces...Picture Richard Ponter.121084..
Beiderbeckes plays host to a charity fundraiser for Japanese Orphans of the Tsunami ...Jo Smith puts visitors through their paces...Picture Richard Ponter.121084..
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SHIATSU, meditation and therapeutic laughter were among the alternative health-giving practices on offer at a charity day to raise money for orphans of the Japanese Tsunami.

Jo Smith, of Scarborough-based York Shiatsu, organised the event at Beiderbeckes Hotel, to boost a fund set up by her teacher, Akinobu Kishi, who is Japanese.

Around £240 was raised through voluntary donations to help the orphans created by the Tsunami which caused devastation in Japan one year ago.

Jo, who specialises in shiatsu acupressure massage, said: “Though the event stemmed from such a tragic disaster I wanted it to be a celebration of life.

“It went really well and we had a fantastic turn-out. I think there were about 70 in total and a lovely bunch of people from the foreign language school came along.

“A lot of the treatments were new to people - it went so well that we’re hoping to hold similar events soon.”

She added: “Kishi came across just after the Tsunami last year, and we were talking about what we could do. I’ve been told that they don’t really do adoption over there, so a lot of orphans will not be getting the care they need.”

Martial arts classes and a five-rhythms dance were also on offer at the event, which closed with a tea ceremony.

Jo said: “There’s a lot of creative people in Scarborough and there’s a big arts community. I think people want to try new things.

“The sessions focused on activities that help boost our basic life force, the vital energy that flows through our bodies, especially with the use of our breath to help feel centred and grounded.”