Shiatsu is a powerful healing art that stimulates the body’s natural life force energy, or “Qi” (pronounced: “chi”) through the power of touch. Shiatsu promotes good health by allowing the person to connect to and achieve a deep awareness of the dynamic flow of The Five Elements present in ourselves and all matter.
Throughout history, Shiatsu has been used to address many stress many imbalances in the body, mind and spirit, and, by doing so, Shiatsu can help prevent many common illnesses such as:
Neck and Back Pain
Migraines and Cluster Headaches
Insomnia and Chronic Fatigue
Flexbility and Balance
Students are introduced to the Japanese art of healing touch: Shiatsu. This ancient method is taught to develop the student’s energetic and physical orientation toward working with the body.
This course presents the main oriental theory of Yin and Yang and the oriental philosophy through Aikido and Macrobiotic along with the techniques of Shiatsu necessary for the effective practice of massage.
Shiatsu is developed and practiced based on twelve meridians, and students will learn and practice how to:
—Release, stretch and tonify 12 meridians
—Intention and physical postures of the practitioner
Students are technically taught both Seating and Prone Position with 30 basic acupressure points and how to effectively treat specific problems. A minimum of 30 hour is devoted to demonstration and practice of techniques. Students have ample time each session to give and receive shiatsu under the supervision of the master instructor.
At the end of the week of instruction, students will achieve:
1. Understand the twelve meridians in relation to surrounding anatomy and basic understanding of how to stretch and release the energy in each meridian.
2. Understand the main theory of Yin and Yang and learn how to balance through Shiatsu.
3. Understand the basic 30-acupressure points and learn how to press in each point to tonify the whole body.
4. Understand the basic oriental diagnostic techniques applying the theory of Yin and Yang.
5. Understand the importance of breathing, qui flow, intention and physical posture.
6. Perform Shiatsu for the Seating and Prone positions on a table and/or the floor.
7. Understand the fundamentals of Self-Care Shiatsu Yoga.
Students are required to obtain the following books and bring them to the training weekend as companion material to the practical instruction.
Zen Shiatsuby Shizuto Masunaga
The Five Elements of Self-Healing by by Jason Elias and Katherine Ketcham
The Foundations of Chinese Medicine by Giovanni Maciocia
Acupressure course booklet by Michael Reed Gach
Daily Course Schedule
Total of 50 hours of practical instruction
1-2 hours of daily home work
Shinzo offers small class instruction to provide the most intimate and intensive hands-on training. Class size varies depending on location. For a limited time, he will take only 2-6 students at his Naples, Floridalocation.