Marcus Van Slageren

Marcus Van Slageren - Acupuncture and Shiatsu at About Balance Brighton

Marcus Van Slageren

Acupuncture, Shiatsu

Contact: 07824 430759,,

Marcus is a Dutch therapist with 28 years of experience specialising in Traditional Oriental Medicine. He currently works between his practices in Barcelona – where he normally works the first week of the month – and Brighton where he arrived in the summer of 2013.

Prior to this he worked for more than 10 years with mentally handicapped people and in psychiatric institutes and intervention teams in Utrecht and Amsterdam – working with individuals and families often with severe problems of alcoholism, violence, sexual abuse and drugs.

Marcus’s qualifications:

While studying History at Utrecht’s University (Bachelors in Contemporary History), Marcus had already decided to become a professional Shiatsu practitioner. He graduated as a fully licensed Massage Therapist in 1989.

Marcus started to become interested in the oriental approach some years before, travelling through the Far East.  Eventually working as a volunteer for Mother Theresa’s mission in Calcutta, India. He returned to the Far East after 4 years and in China, where he studied with Profesor Li Guan Rong from the University of Chengdu, Sichuan.

In 1989 he graduated from ‘Hogere School voor Shiatsu Amsterdam. He later became a teacher between 1990 and 1993. In 1987 he met Kasunori Sasaki and studied with him for 5 years in ‘L’Academie Europeaine de IOKAI’ (Groningen, Brussels, Saint Gaudens), graduating in 1992. It was Sasaki who was Shiatsu master Masunaga’s closest collaborator for years and the one who brought Masunaga’s Zen-Shiatsu to Europe.

He was also lucky to meet Prof Heng. Prof Heng  had been the head of the Department of Investigation in the University of Shanghai who had settled in Amsterdam. With Heng he studied the theoretical base of Chinese Traditional Medicine and pulse diagnose between 1991 and 1992.

He moved to Barcelona to 1993 and started to study acupuncture, graduating in 1997 from CENAC Academy in Barcelona. in 1998, He spent a year of clinical practice in CENAC’s clinic with Profesor Li Zhi Xin and his sister, Li Ping.

Marcus had been working as a Shiatsu practitioner and teacher, Qi Kung trainer and an Acupuncturist for 25 years. He currently works between his Traditional Oriental Medicine practices in Brighton and Barcelona. Marcus is a member of the UK Acupuncture Society and fully insured.