The team

 Sera Shivnan

Owner – Aspire Health

Holistic Therapist/Siam Reiki Master Teacher

Born and raised in Northern England, Sera left her native home after graduating from University at the tender age of 22. This is where she feels her soul’s journey and life’s mission really began. She left the UK and chose Asia, without any logical explanation she felt a pull to the Orient. Living and working in Thailand and China for almost fifteen years, she began firstly teaching children in an International school in a remote part of Thailand, later she was led to the fitness industry in the hustle and bustle of Bangkok personal training Expat clients. This stepping stone brought her to Shanghai where her passion for wellbeing and balanced health continued. It was later when she was living in Shanghai, searching herself for alternative healing that she discovered the incredible healing modality of Reiki.

She searched for Reiki teachers in Shanghai, none of which connected her; she was then lead back to Bangkok. Sera met her Master, back at the same spot that she was living and working many years previously.

“Often, I’m asked by Reiki clients and students, why Reiki? What led me to healing and spirituality? I can honestly tell my students I believe enlightenment and “awakening” comes when you least expect it. I see many people searching for answers, searching to find out why they are here on Earth, what their soul’s purpose and the meaning of life is. Well, the answer for me was that, I guess spirituality and awakening found me. It didn’t come through mediation courses or from a “spiritual retreat” on a mountain in India or wherever we imagine that “aha” moment will be. It came simply from life. Our own experiences, our suffering, our pain is what leads us to authentic growth. When you have gone through suffering in this life and for some, feeling past life pain and soul suffering you yearn for healing in whatever form it may be. For me, Reiki was my personal healing. I met many personal training clients with injuries which I could see were emotional or even spiritually linked, I suffered myself with frequent neck blockages that were not physical injuries yet the pain was very real; so when I began learning Reiki, it was like a “rebirth” moment. All of life’s twists and turns that I had experienced began to make complete sense. After just four days during my first level of Reiki and crystal healing course, I felt a feeling of “lightness” that I could not put into words. I knew there and then that this was what my soul had been yearning for. It brings me a lot of joy and love to share my knowledge and as much wisdom as I know (as I continue to grow daily with so much more learning to be done). I hope what I’ve learnt through the Reiki modality and my own personal experiences will help others and bring life balance and “down to earth” healing and spirituality for those whom are least expecting it.”

Background

Institute of Applied Holistic Health Science (IAHHS) Siam Reiki Master Teacher (Level 7),
Crystal Healing, Pendulum Diagnosis, Psychometry, DPA level 1 (developing psychic ability 7 day meditation course), DPA Level 2 meditation course, How to see the Aura,Transcending Entities and Transmutation, Qi Gong and Tarot Card Reading. Has taught Siam Reiki levels 1,2 and 3 master, Crystal Healing, Pendulum Diagnosis and DPA meditation course. All with Institute of Applied Holistic Sciences

BA degree Media/Sport, Health & Leisure, University of Leeds
ACE Personal Trainer Certified
ACE Pre/Post Partum Pregnancy Trainer Certified
Wat Po Thai Massage Certified
Wat Po Reflexology Certified
Wat Po Women’s Health Massage Certified (includes pre and post partum Thai massage).

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


Gar Cheung

Gar Cheung

Manager/Siam Reiki Master

Gar began practicing Siam Reiki in 2013 when she began her own personal journey of self development and healing through an exploration of various internal practices. She is a fully qualified Siam Reiki Master (trained under Sera Shivnan) she divides her time between her passion for healing and creating (in fashion design) and managing Aspire Health Studio. Her treatments are always dealt with sensitivity, compassion and a non-intrusive approach to understanding and connecting with each individual’s needs. Having worked in the corporate world herself for a number of large fashion design companies she knows herself the importance of keeping oneself balanced physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually especially whilst trying to keep herself ahead in the world of competitive industries.

Gar is trained in Siam Reiki levels 1,2 and 3. Crystal Healing, Pendulum Diagnosis and Developing Psychic Awareness Meditation all with the Institute of Applied Holistic Health Sciences.

 


James Tong

James Tong

Group Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer

James is a highly sought after certified personal trainer (AFAA) in Shanghai as well as a being an experienced Muay Thai practitioner with over 50 fights in the ring both in Thailand and Australia. During his ring career, James was the ISKA Queensland (Australia) middle weight Muay Thai champion as well as the Bangla stadium champion in Phuket, Thailand. James is also a solid teacher of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu fundamentals; his classes are well structured and detailed, which offers students with a highly educational and enjoyable learning environment.

James can take you through a fun yet grueling fitness class combining all of his training skills with kettlebells, BJJ, Muay Thai and body weight Bootcamp style training. He has many years of experience and has worked with clients with various injuries and/or limited mobility and can modify his training classes specifically for individual needs.


Sharon Raccah

Sharon Raccah

Nutrition/IIN Health Coach

Sharon more than anyone knows what a battle food, diets and weight loss can be. After a number of years of struggling experiences and now a busy working mother of three she understand the true importance of gaining the appropriate nutrition and balance for your body. Sharon teaches individuals, groups, schools and families how to change the way we view food. Her seminars teach you how to prepare food so that not only are we satisfied but nourish ourselves from inside out. Most people understand the important of eating well but very few truly understand what this means. Sharon has coached many individuals with different types of allergies and dietary needs. When we are busy working 12-14 hour days (for some) nutrition is probably the last thing we care about but the most important for us to sustain such a hectic work lifestyle. Sleepless nights, low energy levels, illness, fuzzy heads and migraines are just a few symptoms of nutrition deficiencies that Sharon can help you with. With a few easy quick recipes and health tips she will have your employees bursting with energy. Sharon is a certified health coach with The Institute of Integrative Nutrition (New York) and a Siam Reiki Master (trained under Sera Shivnan) from the Institute of Applied Holistic Health Sciences.  


Shirin Chen Ghoreishi

Shirin Chen Ghoreishi

Yoga Instructor/Massage Therapist

Shirin studied in 2004 and 2005 at the Swedish School of Complementary Medicine and became a therapist in Swedish Massage, Sports Massage, Trigger Point Massage and Tibetan Facial Acupuncture Massage. Previously in 2003, she went to India and studied Ayurveda and Yoga. She also has a BA Degree in Dance and Improvisation and has also taken several courses in Physiotherapy. Shirin has extensive knowledge and experience working with clients wanting to heal their bodies and eliminate stress. She has been living in China since 2007 and is dedicated to holistic health and helping others. She is currently furthering her Yoga and Meditation studies and is trained in Siam Reiki level 2. (Trained under Sera Shivnan through the Institute of Applied Holistic Sciences).

 

 


 

Karina Blancarte

Karina Blancarte

Yoga Instructor/Holistic Psychologist

At the age of 6 Karina started practicing figure skating and discovered body expression. She fell in love with it, became national champion for 12 consecutive years and represented Mexico in the Figure Skating World Championship in Spain. Once retired as professional skater and thanks to her grandparents who were yoga practitioners and spiritual advocates she opened up and understood the importance of soul connection in life through yoga practice. Holistic Psychologist by profession, and with more than 8 years of yoga experience Karina challenges her yoga students to go beyond their limits on a safe and mindful way focusing on alignment and teaching them the power of the mind and visualization over anything they want to achieve. With the fluidity of Vinyasa combined with body-mind and soul connection classes are tough, challenging and encouraging. Karina is also a Siam Reiki Master (trained under Sera Shivnan through the Institute of Applied Holistic Sciences).

 


 

Tara Bailey

Tara Bailey

Pilates Instructor

Tara is a fitness instructor, dancer and co-founder of a Shanghai-based dance academy. She has extensive experience teaching group pilates classes (including using reformers) and also experience teaching weights and HIIT one-on-one.  As a dance instructor she is trained in jazz-ballet, funk, hip-hop, contact improvisation and step dance and has performed in various productions throughout Australia. In addition to fitness, Tara has a passion for nutrition, meditation and wellness and uses this holistic approach to help clients develop the skills, habits and mindset that allow them to achieve their fitness goals.

 

 

 


Sean Znn

Sean Znn

Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor

Sean started his fitness career from childhood based on a Martial Art and Gymnastics background. He is passionate about living a healthy lifestyle and practices what he preaches. He enjoys helping clients achieve their ideal body weight, shape and is goal orientated. He can put clients through a grueling workout or moderate exercises to fit individual needs. He also has rehab training experience also and is sensitive to the needs of individual and tailors programmes to suit any age or fitness level. He is a friendly and charismatic trainer and no matter the time of day, you’ll always see Sean with a smile on his face. 

 

 

Background 

AASFP Certified Advanced Personal trainer/ ADIDAS Academy Certified Trainer/ IFBB Certified Registered Personal Trainer/ 24hour Personal trainer Association/ Master spinning coach/ CPR/

Specialized in

Body -weight training, weight loss, toned-muscles gain, body sculpture, bootcamp, postnatal, TRX, Cross-fit, UFC-fit and Martial arts and etc as well as in capable of diversity of Tailor-made training programmes.


Jasmine Aoqing Lin

Jasmine Aoqing Lin

Facial Therapist

 

A touch of Jasmine is the ultimate relaxation treatment you can experience. Not only do you relax into a deep state but this lady works miracles and takes years and literally lines off you. She has been working in the spa industry for over 20 years and trained in International spas and uses European products. She has been well known and sought after within the expat community in Shanghai for over fifteen years. Aspire Health welcomes Jasmine on board as a team member. Originally trained as a Nurse, Jasmine sweet and caring bedside manner will help anyone de-stress and detox in a stressful city like Shanghai.