Doreen Bakstad, Authorised Therapist and Instructor,
Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®
An expert, Senior Authorized Jin Shin Do® teacher and
practitioner of Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®, Doreen Bakstad has more than 3 decades of international experience.
Trained in many modalities over the years, she maintains a vibrant passion for the
magic that is Jin Shin Do®.
Doreen says: "My life was profoundly changed by learning the points, the meridians, the
elements, the emotions... it was a coming home."
Further understanding of the Bodymind connection came via a two year professional
skills training in the Hakomi Method of Body-centered Psychotherapy. Long known for
great compassion and warm humor, becoming a Laughter Yoga Teacher was a natural
fit and has served to strengthen these qualities.
In her private therapy practice, Acutonics® and Watsu® are two other wellness
modalities that Doreen loves to share.
From her rural home on pristine Vancouver Island, Canada to a small apartment in
crowded Kolkata, India, this master teacher makes every class a uniquely vibrant, safe
and enriched learning experience. "I am proud to teach this work," Doreen says. " I
appreciate the internationally standardized curriculum which means that students may
study with a variety of teachers and in many different locations in the world."
Having embodied the joy of feeling, Doreen now embodies the joy of travel. Recent
years have found her teaching acupressure and laughter around the world and
volunteering repeatedly at a children's home in rural Cambodia where, "Quite simply? I
get to love children who have suffered, and along with the help of monetary donations
from friends, supply fresh fruit and vegetables, missing from their daily diet."
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To quote Iona Teeguarden, founder of JSD, "Joy to you!"