Our Team


The ESS Cork school has a long tradition of visiting teachers from the wider European Shiatsu School community as well as from within Ireland.

In the past we have had the privilege of teachers such as the late Chris Jarmey, Paul Lundberg, Julie McBride, Jane Pollard, Tim Mulvagh, Harriet Devlin, Idit Hourigan, Andy Jancewicz, Liz Welch, Dianne Cheong, Sybylle Walters, Andy Parfitt, Finnuola O’Hare, John Garvey, Julien Joly, Susan O’Toole, Betty O’Toole, Julie Decarroux, Eddie Cox.

SHEENA WOODS | Shiatsu Practitioner & Teacher

Sheena currently runs the teaching programme at ESS Cork. Herself a graduate of CSS, a branch of the European Shiatsu School founded by Chris Jarmey. Sheena is registered with the Shiatsu Society of Ireland as both a practitioner and teacher.

Sheena has been offering shiatsu in west Cork since 2000, for some years providing shiatsu to members of the M.S. Society. Witnessing through clinical practice what shiatsu has to offer and wanting access for all who could benefit, Sheena began teaching in 2010.

“Enjoy witnessing part of the student’s journey of awakening to the tangibility of Qi and how the meridian network offers Shiatsu unique, creative access.”

Sheena has a special interest in Soaring crane and Essence Qigong for health and self–healing. Blessed with many wonderful teachers in both shiatsu and qigong, the practice of which strengthen and inform each other and underpin the teaching.

MARIA EXPOSITO | Shiatsu Practitioner & Teacher-in-Training

Maria’s interest in Shiatsu emerged through Tai Chi which she had been practising for a number of years before discovering this Japanese form of bodywork. Today she is a qualified Tai chi  Instructor with Master Ding’s Academy and a Teacher in Training with the ESS in Cork.

Prior to becoming a full-time Shiatsu practitioner Maria had been working in a corporate job for the most part of her professional life. Working in such an environment never resonated with her and for years she was looking for a radical change of direction but was unsure where to go next until she discovered Shiatsu.

As far as she can remember, healthy lifestyle and eastern philosophies have always been among her most cherished interests, stirring her deepest curiosity and eagerness to learn . This passion of hers led first to the practice of Tai chi, the ancient martial art she fell in love with from the very start and now has the privilege to teach. A Few years later, and merely by accident, she found about Shiatsu through a book about the Qi she was gifted. That was it! the missing piece of the puzzle was right there before her eyes. Shiatsu was the perfect complement to Tai chi, both practices deepening their roots in the Daoist philosophy, and the path to follow.

Maria started her Shiatsu studies in 2011 and never felt happier about making a decision. When she qualified in 2015 , felt reluctant to break her connection with the school and soon began informally assisting with the training. It didn’t take too long for her to realise that education was going to be a part of her career as a Shiatsu therapist so she is currently undergoing formal training as a Teacher with the Cork School of Shiatsu.

As a Teacher in Training she takes active part in the teaching and organisation of most classes and workshops offered by the school.

SARAH ZUGNO | Shiatsu Practitioner & Teacher-in-Training

Sarah’s healing journey began before she knew it with a difficult childhood dynamic. She was led to spend six months in a Dzogshen Buddhist community as a teenager. The friendships and principles of the heart she learned there form the bed rock of her various skills.

Sarah is qualified in Tibetan Reiki, Indian head massage and ITEC holistic massage.

In more recent years she has found the ancient and subtle art of Shiatsu allows all these skills to be used in concert for your benefit. She has also found an affinity with the art of Qigong, associated with good health and longevity as well as Shaolin Kungfu, giving robust strength and complementing the more gentle aspects of her healing arts.

Treatments with Sarah will allow for a safe space where physical, emotional and energetic imbalances can be brought to an equilibrium, resulting in relief, peace and restoration.

She is honoured to now assist in teaching Shiatsu in accordance with her treasured Buddhist wisdom.

Shiatsu Practitioner, Author & Qi Gong Teacher


, Joanne Faulkner is a Shiatsu practitioner specializing in the energy of food in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

She runs a busy Shiatsu practice in Dublin plus Online Consultations. She blogs regularly on her food and health focused website joannefaulkner.ie and is published author of “Shiatsu & the Art of Conscious Cooking” and “Good Food, Better Sex”; which are modern cookbooks full of recipes, ancient traditional medicine, acupressure points and meditations.

She has taught a wide range of people, over many year, to use the Five Element System of Chinese Medicine for maintaining health, balance and wellness.

“We are energy made manifest and as such we are constantly changing. To maintain balance and understand the ever-changing body’s we can use the Five Element system of and let food be our guide.”

Joanne shares recipes that have health benefits, but more than that she illustrates how we can love and cherish ourselves with food, acupressure and Qi Gong, energy exercise.

She runs “Chi Flow with Jo” offering a daily online Qi gong practice, health talks, wellness and qi gong retreats.

Joanne is currently the Irish representative to the European Shiatsu Federation, and was previously Chairperson to the Shiatsu Society of Ireland.