About Maria Mercati

The BODYHARMONICS® Centre of  Oriental Medicine was founded by Maria Mercati in 1992 to provide treatment and training to the highest possible standards in the traditional Oriental healing systems.


Accolade for teacher and practitioner

picture of Maria Mercati has been nominated by the European Union of WomenMaria Mercati is a leading teacher of Tui Na massage based in Cheltenham, England. She was nominated by the European Union of Women in 1997:

Maria is a best selling author

Her books "Step-by-Step Tui Na" published by Gaia Books (sold 166,000 copie ) and "Thai Massage" published by Marshall are definitive texts. Her third book "Tui Na for a Healthy Brighter Child" presents Tui Na for babies (0-6 years) in a uniquely understandable format for Western mothers. Her books have been translated into 12 languages.

She has produced and directed a series of DVDs (filmed by professionals) to accompany her books.

Maria has demonstrated on television.

Maria Mercati of the Bodyharmonics ClinicBBC1- Pebble Mill's Good Morning programme, GMTV on ITV, Cable Live TV and on Granada Breeze and has been interviewed for radio programmes.

Facts on how Maria's philosophy came about

Maria is the first person to develop a system of integrated bodywork based on Chinese, Thai and Indonesian massage and manipulation and create the phrase "ORIENTAL BODYWORK " in 1995.
She is the world leader in combining oriental therapies and acupuncture in a unique and powerful fusion for the control of pain and the promotion and maintenance of good health. Maria Mercati is the most authoritative and innovative teacher in this field today.

Maria's method is unique. The methods she uses and teaches have been developed from her many periods of study in China, Indonesia and Thailand working with the leading experts in their respective fields.

She furthered her knowledge and refined her techniques under several prominent Chinese doctors at the famous Yue-Yang hospital in Shanghai, and hospitals in Weihai and Xian. In Thailand she studied at the sacred Wat Pho temple in Bangkok and at the massage hospital in Chiang Mai.

Indonesian massage became part of her life during her four year period in Bandung where she was taught massage by traditional and blind experts. She brings a wealth of practical experience to her courses, having achieved outstanding results with thousands of patients.

Maria trained the rest of the family and they all became involved, on a professional basis. The family massages each other; often at the end of the working day.

Maria is the originator of BODYHARMONICS, an integrated approach to therapy, which blends Oriental therapies - Chinese, Thai and Indonesian Massage and Acupuncture with Perceptive Listening in a unique fusion to promote health and harmony.