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About Claudia / Cloud Hands

Claudia is a qualified Shiatsu and Jikiden Reiki practitioner insured by Balens. She is a member of the Jikiden Reiki Association and a practitioner of Reiki Medic-Care offering distant Reiki to NHS doctors and nurses, as well as private clients.


Claudia is a sensitive and experienced Shiatsu therapist for nearly 20 years, her practice evolved into an integration and essence of Japanese healing arts to include Jikiden Reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu, energy medicine,  Biofield tuning (healing with tuning forks) and trauma healing, which she calls Cloud Hands Healing. She is now working mainly remotely through distant treatments with clients around the world. During the pandemic Claudia offered over 100 distant treatments as private sessions for clients, friends and family, and she is now offering distant sessions to groups at The Healing Circle. Claudia is deeply connected to the land and that comes through her healing. Her deep practice includes compassionate soul healing, personal and collective trauma healing (Thomas Hübl), eco-psycology, deep ecology (Bill Plotkin, Joanna Macy), meditation and art therapy. She also offers courses and one-to-one mentorship.


Claudia studied Shiatsu with Japanese master Dr. Mitsuharu Tsuchiya, from 2002, at the Portuguese Association of Seitai-Shiatsu Therapy, in Lisbon. Claudia developed a thriving practice in Lisbon treating a wide range of clients, many of them weekly, including integrating her Shiatsu treatments to complement Bioenergetics therapy. In London, Claudia studied other Shiatsu forms; teachers included Bill Commerford, Michael Rose (Zen Shiatsu) and Alice Whieldon (Seiki). Claudia worked in London from home or at people's homes. She worked at The Tree of Life, integrated health centre in Hove, and had her Shiatsu practice Cloud Hands in central Brighton.

In 2018 Claudia studied Jikiden Reiki with Japanese Master Tadao Yamaguchi and teacher Rika Tanaka and completed Shoden and Okuden. Claudia studied Biofield tuning with Eileen Mckusik a healing method using tuning forks in the Biofield. Claudia has also learned the art of Energy clearing for people, places, and homes, a powerful method by Jean Haner based on the 5 elements and Chinese medicine.

Claudia facilitates self-healing & self-care workshops to empower clients to take care of themselves outside the massage room, with a first Online course in 2020, The Art of Self healing and Care.


In the past, Claudia also worked in care with women living with Alzheimer's and in end-of-life, exploring practices of unconditional love and compassion in action. She is compassioned in supporting people in their life transitions.


Over the years Claudia has been practicing chi gong, tai chi, meditation, taoism, buddhism, shamanic practices and Jin Shin Jyutsu. Claudia has been particularly interested in trauma healing, shadow work, Nature based psychology, healing of the feminine and masculine, energy medicine and engaged practices for the healing of the Earth and culture. Claudia practices permaculture, and has been growing a 'companion planting garden' and a medicine garden, growing food and making her own Flower Essences remedies. Claudia combines her rich experience in her treatments, with full Presence, for healing.

Claudia indicating Shiatsu meridians

"I first discovered Shiatsu when experiencing back pain myself while working in my film. I received weekly Shiatsu treatments and discovered my body in a completely new way. As I improved, not only from my back pain, but also from what I thought were chronic conditions (such as bronchitis, which completely disappeared), I noticed my energy levels increasing, emotional expression expanding, and a new sense of openess, embodiment and grounding. I decided to learn it and give it back.


Now, after nearly 20 years working on the body through Shiatsu, combining pressure points, meridians and soft energy healing,  I am now very interested in the potential of the biofield for healing. The Biofield is the energy field around the person, which seems to contain the frozen memories and traumas that remain unconscious and limit healing. Having experimented the healing in myself with profound shifts, I am committed to offer my gifts to others. As I follow my deep intuition, the modalities I am now practicing found their own flow and combinations, and are very effective in trauma healing and many conditions. Also the discovery of the possibility to do these treatments remotely, safely and so effectivelly, took me into a new level of devellopment as a healer. I am very interested in the connection between emotion and energy, how it manifests in the body and how energy medicine can open up new hope and possibilities."


~ Claudia

connecting to Nature

Education and qualifications

Shiatsu and Japanese healing Arts

  • Shiatsu Diploma - at Portuguese Association of Seitai-Shiatsu Therapy of Lisbon with Dr. Mitsuharu Tsuchiya, 2002-03

  • Zen Shiatsu at Ki Kai School, Morley College, 6 workshops, London, 2014

  • Seiki, Shamanic Shiatsu, with Alice Whieldon, Norwich, 2017

  • Jikiden Reiki, Shoden (level 1). with Rika Tanaka, London, 2018

  • Jikiden Reiki, Okuden (level 2). with Tadao Yamaguchi, London, 2018

  • Jin Shin Jyutsu, with Cheli Mula, at Health in the city, London, 2015

Trauma healing

  • International Labs - training for Healing of Collective trauma in Women, Nov 2020- June 2021, Pocket Project / Thomas Hübl & team

  • Mystic Cafe - ongoing advanced meditation, presencing, transparent communication & trauma healing studies with Thomas Hübl (since 2019)

  • The Wisdom of Trauma, a film and a series of conversations with Dr Gabor Maté, 2021

  • Treating trauma Master series (neurobiology of trauma and attachment, traumatic memory and working with limbic system) - speakers include Peter Levine, Bessel van der Kolk, Pat Ogden, Stephen Porges, Ruth Lanius. Nicamb (National Institute for the clinical application of Behavioral medicine)

  • Collective Trauma Summit 2019 & 2020 & 2021 - hosted by Thomas Hübl

  • Healing trauma through the body, with Michael Stone and Molly Boeder Harris, 2018

Soul centric work, shadow work, healing of Earth, Art therapy

  • Art and Soul, 6 weeks online course with Douglas van Houten, Animas Valley Institute, 2021

  • Therapeutic Art Life Coaching certificate, 2021

  • In her words, online 3 months course with Joanna Macy - Deep ecology, The work that reconnects, and other themes such as emergence, despair and uncertainty, 2021

  • Soul centric dream work circle, 3 months, with Douglas van Houten, 2021

  • Dreams and your Personal Journey Summit, Jung Platform, 2021

  • Wild Mind Intensive online, Animas Valley Institute, 7 sessions, with soul guide Douglas van Houten, 2020 - Nature based map of psyche, eco-psychology, practices of wholeness and deep shadow work and subpersonalities

Energy medicine, the feminine, Empaths

  • Sound healing Alchemy - Biofield Tuning method, for in person and distant treatments with Eileen McKusik, 2020 (Shift Network 7 weeks course)

  • Women who run with the wolves, 8 weeks course / book club / exploration on the archetype of the Wild Woman and the teachings of Clarissa Pinkola Estés, with Lydia Violet, Rising Apalachia and somatic healers, at The school of the great turning, 2021

  • Thrive as an Empath in Evolutionary times - with Wendy de Rosa, 2020 (Shift Network 7 weeks course)

  • Belonging - Encounters, intimate conversations on belonging - 7 weeks with Toko-Pa

  • Feminine Awakening Series - 7 live webinars with Clare Dubois (Tree Sisters) and guests

  • Healing chronic illness the Feminine way - Women’s Wellness Circle - interviews and meditations hosted by Sophie Jane Mortimer and Frances Goodall, 2017

Meditation and Other practices for self-healing

  • Chi gong, yoga, various breath work, and taoist practices (from 1989)

  • Meditation Practice (8+ years) - Mindfulness of breathing, Metta-Bahvana, 6 Elements, Insight meditation, Engaged Buddhism, Presencing, Transparent communication, 3-Sync. Several silent retreats in Buddhist communities, and solo. Teachers include Thomas Hübl, Tchich Nhat Hahn, Michael Stone, Joanna Macy. many classes, workshops and retreats at London Buddhist Center, Amaravati Buddhist Monastery, and online, plus an ongoing daily practice

  • Meditations for Challenging times / online - 10 days with Michael Beckwith (2020)

  • Mindfulness Trainings for Engaged Buddhism / Online Retreat - 5 days with Thich Nhat Hahn & Plum Village community (2020)

  • Many webinars and Summits, such as The Shift Network Summits on Somatic Movement, Sound healing, Shamanism, Evolutionary Empaths, Energy Medicine, Intuitive Medicine, Ancestral Healing and many more where I learn a lot and connect with a wide range of practices.

Other courses

  • Living in the Gift - a learning journey with Charles Eiseinstein

  • Tracking Wonder / Quest 2019 - a journey with Jeffrey Davis 

  • Masculinity: a new story - 12 weeks online course with Charles Eiseinstein.

  • The space between stories - 6 week online course with Charles Eiseinstein

  • Permaculture Design Course (PDC) with Aranya, at Landmatters, Totnes, Devon (2015)

  • Introduction to Permaculture at Dial House, Essex (2013)

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