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After obtaining a degree in zoology and teaching biology in schools and colleges, Oliver Cowmeadow encountered Eastern philosophy and medicine in 1980. Immediately taken by the Oriental view of life and health, he intensively studied the Eastern philosophy and its application in Shiatsu and macrobiotics in London, Boston and on the Continent.


Oliver moved to the south west of England to begin practicing Shiatsu, and in 1985 founded the Devon School of Shiatsu, one of the first schools in the UK offering a full training in Shiatsu. He has played a significant part in the development of the Shiatsu Society, the professional body representing Shiatsu in the UK, especially in the areas of curriculum development and training standards. This is his fifth book on the Eastern approach to health.