Like acupuncture, shiatsu is based on the holistic system of traditional Chinese medicine, where illness is believed to result from imbalances in the natural flow of energy through the body.
Shiatsu therapists use finger and palm pressure to energetic pathways, called meridians to improve the flow of energy. A scientific explanation is that shiatsu calms an overactive sympathetic nervous system, which improves circulation, relieves stiff muscles, and alleviates stress. Students will learn basic concepts and heart-centered techniques done on a massage table that will enhance your sensitivity and increase assessment skills to meet individual client needs. Eastern methodology can be powerfully integrated into any massage practice to enhance your sessions.
1) Eastern Concepts: Eastern philosophy is holistic in nature. All parts are connected to the whole. Treatment strategies aim to bring balance to the energetic system. Methodology addresses the treatment of the body, balancing of the emotional and mental state, energy field, and spirit for the promotion, maintenance, and restoration of health. (Powerpoint, discussion, demo, hands on practice.)
Presentation of concepts (Yin/Yang, meridians, acupoints, 5 elements, 3 treasures, pathogenic factors etc…..
Qigong meridian flow
Massage as a Meditation in Motion, Developing Conscious awareness
Understanding the Energetic System (Chakras & Meridians)
Kinesiology to determine clients processing type and best treatment approach.
Working from your heart and not just touching with your hands.
Feng Shui: Balancing environment
Setting the Tone: Learn to energetically meet individual client needs
2) Hands on Skills: Tools and techniques (Demonstration and hands on practicum)
Treatment protocol, Breath focus (Practitioner and client)
Using meditation to begin and end a session,
Creating individualized routines to suit specific needs
When to use relaxing vs. invigorating techniques
Working in 3 dimensions