Bodyharmonics Team

Mercati Family
Mercati Family from left to right - Danella, Gisela, Trevor, Gina and Graham

Expert course tuition and treatments by Maria Mercati and her family who have worked in the Far East, at Parrot Cay in the Caribbean, the Hale Clinic, Champneys and the Chelsea Harbour club in London.

Maria  Mercati
Maria is the senior lecturer for TCM for the Tui Na and Acupuncture courses.   She has been teaching and practising acupuncture and Tui Na for over 25 years where she has taught hundreds of students worldwide and treated thousands of patients. Since 1992, she has studied acupuncture in China 14 times at TCM hospitals in Shanghai, Weihai, Beijing, Xian, Jinan and Hangzhou. Maria is an internationally published author of two Tui Na books and a Thai massage book which to date have sold a third of a million copies. She is committed to furthering the educational and professional standards of acupuncturists.

Maria Mercati
Graham Mercati

Graham Mercati
Graham has received his training from Maria. He has also studied extensively in Thailand and Indonesia.
He is now a principal teacher at the BODYHARMONICS specialising in teaching the practical skills of Tui Na and diagnostics in treating a wide range of conditions. He holds a recognised teaching qualification.
Graham also worked at the exclusive Caribbean island resort of Parrot Cay doing Oriental bodywork – a fusion of Tui Na, Indonesian and Thai massage where he treated many famous people and stars.

Trevor Mercati
Trevor teaches Tongue and Pulse diagnosis and does the introductions to TCM, on all the courses. He  worked for the British Council in Africa and the Far East as a Science Education advisor. He holds a BSc (Hons) and a post graduate teaching Diploma. He has studied Tui Na and Acupuncture in China and holds a Certificate of Acupuncture (Xian College of TCM). He has also studied extensively in Thailand and Indonesia.

Trevor Mercati

Craig Thorn
Craig has taken over from Graham and teaches Anatomy & Physiology on all the courses. Craig has a BSc (Hons) in Biology from Bristol University – 1988 and a PCGE from Greenwich University – 1995. He was born in Hong Kong and studied and taught in Taiwan. He has also studied Shiatsu for 3 years at the London

Tom Santisook

Lecturer in auricular acupuncture at the Bodyharmonics School. Between 2010 and 2012, Tom gained qualifications from the Bodyharmonics centre in Anatomy & Physiology, Tui Na foundation, Tui Na Master practitioner and  Acupuncture.  He has a three year acupuncture degree qualification Leamington Spa.   He also holds qualifications from the Auricular college of Acupuncture and has studied Auricular Battle Acupuncture.

Auricular Acupuncture
Bodyharmonics Electro Acupuncture Course

Danny Van Laethem 

Principal lecturer in acupuncture at the Belgium university. Danny teaches Electro-acupuncture for musculo-skeletal conditions on the Bodyharmonics course.  He is also the external examiner for Bodyharmonics acupuncture exams and runs CPD days for qualified acupuncturists.

Gina Mercati
After completing her MA in music, Gina started her training with Maria. She has studied Tui Na for both adults and children and acupuncture in China and Thai massage in Thailand. She worked for four years at both the Hale Clinic and Chelsea Harbour Club. She too has moved back to Cheltenham where works part time.

Press Releases:
VOGUE May 2000 – Treatment of the Month – BODYHARMONICS MASSAGE
Tatler magazine – ‘Favourite treatment of celebrities’ – Lorna Wing

Gisela Mercati
After completing her postgraduate course in Drama, Gisela trained with Maria. She worked for three years at the Hale Clinic and five years at Champneys in Piccadilly – London. She has also studied Ayurvedic massage in India, Thai massage in Thailand, and Indonesian massage in Java. She now lives in Cheltenham where she continues to practice part time.
Press Releases:
Daily Telegraph – Fending off Februarys’ ills.  Click here to read more
Tatler magazine -‘Favourite treatment of celebrities’ – Lisa l’anson

Peter Packard
Peter  has taken over from Maria and Graham and teaches the Thai Massage course. Peter qualified in Tui Na (2002) Acupuncture 2003) and Thai Massage (2001) where he  received his training from Maria & Graham Mercati at Bodyharmonics. Peter is passionate about Thai Massage and has been to Thailand several times to further his knowledge.

Peter Packard
Danella Mercati

Danella Mercati
After qualifying at the Guildford School of Acting, Danella, who is Graham’s twin sister, trained with Maria. She used to treat patients at BODYHARMONICS. She has been teaching musical theatre at the Cheltenham Ladies College for the last 16 years. Before travelling the world, she worked at the exclusive Caribbean island resort of Parrot Cay doing Oriental bodywork – a fusion of Tui Na, Indonesian and Thai massage. ‘Not many people can say they’ve had their hands on a Hollywood star’
Danella Mercati has treated stars like Paul McCartney
Danella thought Paul was the nicest of the guests – click here to read more.