Margo believes there are simple ways for you to improve your health & fitness with exercise & healthy eating.

Margo’s Background

Margo Massoud Marver is a Shiatsu practitioner and instructor, Shinkiko therapist, natural and healing cooking instructor, and Hatha yoga instructor. She’s all that and more. Margo teaches the process of health and wellness. Margo helps you take better care of yourself.

Margo teaches you simple ways to improve your health and fitness with exercise, yoga, bodywork and healthy eating. Teaching basic macrobiotic principles, Margo will work with you to achieve general well-being, to focus on wellness, and to attain awareness of a simpler and more natural lifestyle.

Specific problems commonly addressed through this work include stress, headaches, back trouble, ear problems, respiratory and immune problems, menopause, PMS, fatigue, depression, TMJ, digestive issues, skin problems, carpal tunnel syndrome, and insomnia.

Margo was first introduced to alternative medicine in 1976 when personal health problems caused her to turn to wholefood cooking, yoga, and Shiatsu. She began experimenting with and learning about these holistic approaches. There is an interesting article about Margo at the Macrobiotic Guide website.

Margo’s Training

As her interest developed, Margo decided to study Zen Shiatsu with David Sergel in Brookline, Massachusetts. She then moved into the Nityananda Institute Ashram in Cambridge where she lived and studied yoga and meditation with Swami Chetanananda and started teaching Hatha yoga in 1987.

Margo moved to London and during a three year period, studied Macrobiotic Healing Arts at the Kushi Institute with Jon Sandifer, Simon Brown, Bob Lloyd, Vivian Lee, Denny Waxman and Meredith McCarty. She also studied Barefoot Shiatsu with Shizuko Yamamoto and Patrick McCarty, as well as Zen Shiatsu at the Shiatsu College of London. In addition, she was introduced to Thai Massage during this time.

Back home in Cambridge, she learned Moxabustion with Kiiko Matsumoto, assisted her at the New England School of Acupuncture and at her private clinic in Newton. Margo studied Thai Massage at the Thai Massage International Center, home remedies and healing cooking with Cornelia and Herman Aihara in California, and Toyo-Hari and Shinkiko in Cambridge and Japan.

Margo’s Interest in Reflexology

Margo says, “Two years ago, I injured my back traveling around Europe carrying heavy books and luggage. I flew back fine but I thought getting some kind of treatments would put me in better shape. After making a few contacts, I was able to connect with a deep tissue therapist. Unfortunately, after I explained about my injury, he went straight to the problem. In shiatsu, as in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, we work away from the pain or injury area. Anyway, at the end of the session, my pain was worse and my movements became limited. I couldn’t come out of my bed for several weeks after this treatment. Somehow, it made my pain deeper and more traumatic. I called Viviane, my Chinese Macrobiotic teacher and friend in London, and explained about my problem. Her first response was – find a good reflexologist and have a treatment. I did, and after a few treatments, I was back on my feet. This is when I decided to start the course.

“Of course, along with the treatments, I employed other alternative methods that helped speed the healing process. I have been studying and practicing reflexology since March, 1999. I enjoy doing it, and people receiving the treatments love it.”

To learn more, a good beginning book to read is Better Health with Foot Reflexology by Dwight Byers. More information on the history of reflexology is included here.

Education is a Lifelong process

Margo continues to attend workshops and seminars to deepen and broaden her personal and professional understanding of bodywork, healing cooking and yoga. She has worked with children since 1991, combining Shiatsu with exercises such as Hatha yoga and Makko-Ho (Japanese meridian stretches).

Also, Margo is a member of the International Macrobiotic Shiatsu Society (I.M.S.S.), an organization that combines the power of Shiatsu with the nutrition of Macrobiotics and uses natural complementary and alternative healing techniques to maintain and to regain health. Her IMSS listing can be found at IMSS Macrobiotic (see “How to Find a Practitioner” at the bottom of the Welcome Page).

There is an interesting interview with Margo in the Macrobiotic Guide.

In addition, Margo now can offer you a natural approach to looking and feeling great with premium botanically-based skin care products.

Located in Portland, Oregon, Margo spends approximately five days a month in Houston, Texas, and is available for consultation in Houston.

For an appointment, call Margo at 503-232-3281