Kris Schaefer Zen Shiatsu practioneer
Alex Holland President and Founder, Asian Institute of Medical Studies

Zen Shiatsu Concepts & Definitions

What School is Zen Shiatsu Based On?

Principles of Zen Shiatsu Bodywork

The Importance of Zen Being

Putting it All Together

Next Steps


Unit 1: Introduction to Zen Shiatsu

Lesson 5: Putting it all together

Zen Shiatsu is a form of Japanese bodywork that balances an individuals's qi, aiding in strengthening a client's vital healing force. Treatments are performed on a futon with a client fully clothed and can be relaxing or invigorating depending on the needs of the client.

Zen Shiatsu represents a return of the values of Traditional Chinese medicine, in comparison with anatomically or physiologically based Shiatsu (cf.20 Tsubo Shiatsu)

Consistent with the basic concepts of Traditional Chinese medicine, Zen Shiatsu is grounded in that health theory that health problems are attributed to or involve:

For the full effect of the treatment, the Zen Shiatsu practioneer practices a meditation discipline that conditions their thinking mind into a state of relaxation and awareness, empty of motivation, allowing their trained body to act.

The choice of a meditation discipline is personal to the Zen Shiatsu practioneer. Nonetheless, the consituent factors of the practioneers experienced world - how they hold and live their life - their dharma practice; adds to the intentionality of the reciepient's experience.

Asian Institute of Medical Studies is offering a Six Level program that prepares students to practice the form of Zen Shiatsu, a blend of dynamic, fluid evolutions that is deeply informed by the Five Element Theory and is based on a shift of the student's world view toward a holistic, conceptualized Eastern perspective.

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