Shiatsu (50 hours)

Shiatsu, literally translated as “finger pressure”, is a Japanese form of bodywork designed to heal and promote health by enhancing the energetic and physical orientation toward working with the body. The instructor, Shinzo, a native from Japan, brings with him a lifetime of experience with both Shiatsu and Aikido. Aikido is an elegant non-combative martial art that embodies a philosophy that embraces, loves and protects the attacker. When these principles are applied to Shiatsu, pain, stress, and disease are not treated as the enemy; instead they are embraced and as the client is treated as a “whole,” they are released and the brought back into the natural state of health and harmony.

Shiatsu’s development and practice is based on the twelve meridians of oriental medicine. Students will learn and practice how to release, stretch, and tonify these meridians, and incorporate the essence of oriental breathing, and chi flow intention into their posture. Because of his practice of Aikido and Japanese martial arts, Shinzo encourages his students to respect the classroom as a “dojo” (place to study the way) and to respect one another. Students will have ample time to practice the techniques taught under the supervision of the instructor and will be able to perform a complete body Shiatsu by the end of the course.

Prerequisites: None