Nigel Dawes has been practicing and teaching Oriental Medicine for 25 years. He lived and studied in Japan for 5 years followed by hospital internships in China. Prior to moving to the United States he founded and directed the London College of Shiatsu, and began lecturing at various Oriental Medicine (OM) schools in England, France, Israel and the U.S. Since 1994 New York City has been his home, where he has continued his involvement in undergraduate and graduate OM education and administration, political work in the field, clinical practice, and publishing.
These days Nigel Dawes divides his time between clinical practice, teaching, and publication & research. He is currently considered one of the leading experts in the practice and teaching of Kampo, lecturing widely throughout the US and abroad and recently publishing a translation of a modern Japanese Kampo classic. In New York, he is on the faculty of both Tristate College of Acupuncture and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where he teaches both Kampo and Japanese Acupuncture courses and supervises in clinic.
Nigel's Oriental Medicine clinic is located in New York City and incorporates Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Kampo herbal medicine. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.
Nigel lived both in Tokyo and in Kamakura between 1982 and 1986. During this period he attended Acupuncture School where he also began his Kampo studies. In parallel to this formal education he also pursued an apprenticeship-style training with his main Zen Shiatsu teacher, Suzuki Takeo, originally at the IOKAI center and later privately. During the latter part of his time in Japan Nigel studied and assisted at a busy downtown acupuncture clinic in Tokyo as well as maintaining a Zen Practice at San Un Zendo in Kamakura.
In 1987, Nigel attended the Advanced Acupuncture Course at the International Acupuncture Training Center on the campus of the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. He stayed on at Guang An Men hospital to continue his studies with Prof. Li Shan Gao before returning to the UK.
Nigel Dawes founded and directed the College from 1987 to 1992 and acted as the main faculty offering a three-year accredited Zen Shiatsu training. During that time, in addition to teaching, Nigel was very active in the Shiatsu community, serving in various roles on the executive committee of the Shiatsu Society of Great Britain, helping develop standards for education and assessment and contributing frequently to Shiatsu publications including 2 books: Massage Cures; Publ. Thorsons, 1990, ISBN: 0-7225-2180-4 and The Shiatsu Workbook, A Beginner's Guide; Publ. Piatkus Books, 1991, ISBN: 0-7499-1073-9 (later published in the US as: Shiatsu For Beginners, A Step by Step Guide; Prima Books, 1995, ISBN: 0761501320).