Bring in the new year - Yoga & health magazine's Introduction to shiatsu contains very important pointers that will help you learn the art of Shiatsu effectively; it also presents some important 'do's and don'ts' to consider when giving a Shiatsu treatment.
Therefore it is strongly recommended that you read it carefully before proceeding to Part One.
- Yin and Yang
- THE ABDOMEN TREATMENT
- Leg Pressure Points
- Preparing for a Shiatsu Session
- The Five Elements
- Shoulder pressure points
- THE STEP-BY-STEP SEQUENCE
- The origins of Shiatsu
- How to find the points
- POINTS TO REMEMBER
- How much pressure to use
- Choosing a school or practitioner
- Shoulders Treatment
- Vital organs
- Energy channels
- TREATING THE INDIVIDUAL
- DEVELOPING YOUR TECHNIQUE
- Energy in the hands
- Hara and breathing
- SELF-DEVELOPMENT EXERCISES
- Back of body treatment
- Front of leg pressure points
- Toe Treatment
- Kyo and Jitsu
- Increasing your sensitivity
- Governing Vessel
- Forehead Massage
The following information provides some guidelines on the different types of Shiatsu practice available and how you should go about choosing a school or practitioner.
Different styles of Shiatsu
Shiatsu is not a uniform technique, but a rapidly evolving approach to bodywork characterized by different originating influences and developing strands. Students who wish to pursue Shiatsu further should look into the various approaches available today, and choose one that suits their purpose and temperament. Notes on some of the more common styles' follow.
Zen Shiatsu is the name given to the style developed by Shizuto Masanuga, who proposed the treatment of meridian 'extensions' beyond those recognized in the classical Chinese view. He also developed the widely-accepted 'two-hand' style, where one hand moves, applying pressure, while the other provides stationary support or 'listening', and the Kyo/Jitsu tonification and sedation principle.
Namikoshi Shiatsu was developed by Toni Namikoshi, who worked on integrating traditional Shiatsu with Western medicine from the 1920s onward. This style of Shiatsu is characterized by applying pressure to specific reflex points that relate to the nervous system, rather than to the classical Ki channels.
Macrobiotic Shiatsu makes use of the classical meridians, with additional input from Macrobiotics. Shizuko Yamomoto is one of the most influential teachers of this approach; her 'barefoot' style, as its name implies, is less analytical than some, bringing in considerable use of the feet.
TCM-based Shiatsu, or Traditional Chinese Medicine Shiatsu is taught in a number of schools, especially those whose teachers are also acupuncturists. This technique is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Five Element Shiatsu is an approach to Shiatsu that emphasizes the Five Element system of diagnosis and treatment, particularly with respect to the emotions.
Hybrid Techniques are combinations of Shiatsu with other forms of therapy, notably healing with the hands, or traditional Japanese 'Palm Healing'.
Acupressure is akin to Shiatsu, but concentrates on treatment of the classical 'fixed' Tsubos; most Shiatsu styles incorporate this method, but focus at least as much on the whole channels, also incorporating a variety of other techniques or analyses.
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