Seamus is a skillful, compassionate, and direct kind of guy who has been learning and practicing healing techniques since our high-school graduation. It was at this time that he and I met our first of many mentors and teachers, Karin Cruikshank who, upon recognizing Seamus and I as gifted, took us under her wing. An accomplished Shiatsu Master and instructor, Aikido black belt, Kinesiologist, Macrobiologist, Japanese translator, Nutritionist, and Healing Intuitive with an encyclopedic knowledge of plant and food medicine, Karin taught Seamus and I what she could for many years. During this time, he followed her advice to take his formal training in Shiatsu Therapy. This was to be the first of many methodologies he would learn along his path. In 2003, he received his certification in Shiatsu at the Canadian College of Shiatsu Therapy, under the instruction of internationally known Shiatsu Sensei, Kiyoshi Ikenaga.
Traditional Chinese Medicine was Seamus' next goal along the path, but life had other plans and a series of events led him to a small little island. Shortly after arriving to the mysterious island of Salt Spring, Seamus created the Salt Spring Healing Arts Circle, a collective of alternative health practitioners from various backgrounds. This healer’s collective benefited countless members of the Salt Spring Island community through their direct practitioner-to-practitioner referral system. Between 2004 and 2008 the Salt Spring Healing Arts Circle co-created dozens of Healing Arts Fairs (non-profit local charity events offering alternative treatments to the public for free), and dozens of treatment exchange-oriented events for both training and educational purposes amongst professional practitioners. Through the Healing Arts Fairs and skills exchange events, Seamus met countless teachers under which he apprenticed for many years. These are the disciplines he trained in that I know of: Reiki, pranic healing, cranio-sacral therapy, polarity therapy, Hakomi, non-violent communication, active release technique, breama, tui na, breath-work, qi gong, yoga, aikido, orthopedic assessment, muscle testing, medical intuition, and many taoist meditation practices.
In 2005 Seamus joined the team at Eight Branches Holistic Health Center through which he focused the development of his own unique style of physical therapy which he now calls Integrated Bodywork. He developed a reputation for effective treatment in chronic illness, energetic imbalance, and severe physical conditions, eventually becoming somewhat of an icon in the community.
In 2012, it was time to finally pursue his original dream and become a TCM doctor. Upon graduating from his school in Hakomi Mindfulness-based Counseling and Psychotherapy he moved to Victoria BC where he currently resides. Seamus continues to develop and refine his practice at his clinic, the VHHC, while he pursues his doctorate at the Oshio College of Acupuncture and Herbology. He is a powerful holistic health expert in his own right and if you are serious about your own well-being you would be wise to connect with this man.
- Lance Lightland ~ fellow healer, professional colleague and close personal friend