Our Teachers

Susan’s students and clients say that she positively shines when she works. Her love of animals comes through in everything she does. To illustrate her ideas, Susan can be theatrical – making an idea come alive by panting like a happy dog or drooping her head and sighing like a horse relaxing into a massage. These images stay with students, helping them integrate ancient Chinese Medical concepts into their modern day lives. To Susan, Five Element acupressure is so insightful and powerful that it seems wondrous. She passes on that sense of wonder to her students, clients and readers.

Susan feels strongly that massage and acupressure are for everyone – not just the “experts". This you-can-do-it attitude carries over into her classes where she delights in demystifying Chinese Medicine and Five Element theory. Her deep experience and gentle touch makes her very popular with her students and readers as well as her four-legged clients!

Susan teaches the Shiatsu, acupressure and Five Element theory courses. She is the co-founder of Elemental Acupressure along with her husband, Jonathan Cohn.

Jonathan heads up the intuitive side of things at Elemental Acupressure. His clear, grounded, down-to-earth style makes learning how to use your intuition simple and accessible. Students appreciate his strong calm presence and his quiet reassurance in their exploration of EnergyWork and the Five Element meditations. He passes on his gentle approach through easy-to-learn practical methods. Students say that his step by step techniques are invaluable in their work with animals and in their own lives.

Jonathan teaches the EnergyWork courses as well as the Elemental meditation in the Element courses. He is the co-founder of Elemental Acupressure along with his wife, Susan Tenney.


Carmen’s friendly supportive nature makes her hands-on courses fun as well as educational. A graduate of both the Elemental Acupressure and AnimalSpirit programs, she brings her experience and passion for animal healing to her classes. Students love her way with animals and humans alike.

The peaceful atmosphere at her farm where she holds the hands-on classes comes from the care she gives her horses, dogs and donkey. Students say that they enjoy her little country oasis as much as they do her teaching.

Carmen Robert-Tissot teaches the hands-on classes in Switzerland. See photos from a recent class.

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