Governing Vessel Part III: The Lumbars, Hip Structure & Feet

Master a series of original techniques to facilitate the flow of energy through the lower back, hip structure and feet.


Learn an original protocol to facilitate the flow of life force through the lumbar vertebrae, hip structure and feet to offer your clients a whole new range of possibility. You will learn technique to increase mobility and alignment through these regions, while developing the capacity to evaluate the body in a whole new way.

This is the third module of the Shiatsu Shin Tai course 'Governing Vessel & the Spine'; it can be used on its own or in combination with Parts I & II. It gives you the ability to offer expanded healing potential for people with lower back pain, sciatica, hormonal imbalances, intestinal complaints and reproductive challenges.

What is unique about this course?

This type of bodywork identifies precise mechanisms to access and work with the primary information of the body: Governing Vessel & Conception Vessel energy. It is specific, unique, and effective. In this module, you will learn techniques focused on increasing mobility, alignment and life force through the lumbars, hip structure & feet. You will gain the ability to identify, activate, and restore life force in this area of the body.

Shiatsu Shin Tai bodywork offers practitioners an expanded perception of the body and how to increase the healing power of a person's system. They are trained to detect where energy is trapped and how to release and reintegrate it back into circulation. Practitioners find that it makes their work easier. They achieve better results with less effort.

Shiatsu Shin Tai has a unique focus that results in unique responses in the body. But it is not the techniques alone which make this bodywork so powerful; it is the comprehensive system of theory and evaluation that lie behind the techniques. This style of bodywork focuses on the flow of the central meridian, or energy flow, of the body: the Governing Vessel. In Chinese medicine, this meridian is the primary director of the human information system.

The Governing Vessel is the first energy current which develops after conception. It serves to govern the development of the other meridians, chakras, organs and the rest of the body's physiology. The spine itself is the material manifestation of this governing vessel energy. By working with the body through a certain perceptual awareness, you will learn new ways to diagnosis and treat that touch the core potential of a person. This work activates the ability to not only heal, but develop and evolve.

Motion: An Evaluation Tool

One of the main evaluation tools you will study is motion. Shizuto Masunaga, a prominent shiatsu visionary, said that motion is synonymous with the basic life impetus. He also said that the Governing Vessel serves the basic life functions of the body. Shin Tai takes that a step further and explains that Motion = Life. The more motion we can introduce back into the body, the more life force becomes available for engagement in the present.

Motion in the body becomes your primary guiding tool to evaluate life force flow in the body. The motions we are looking for are subtle, specific, and act as to keys to reading the priority of the treatment. This work can literally make your work so much easier. You will be able to achieve more results with your clients in a shorter amount of time, because you learn where, when and how to work during a treatment.

Who is this course for?

This course is for bodywork practitioners who want to learn unique diagnostic and treatment techniques that will offer expanded dimensions of healing to their clients. Whether you do massage, shiatsu, craniosacral, chiropractic, or physical therapy, this course can increase the effectiveness of techniques that you already use, and also add new ones to your repertoire. Thousands of bodyworkers all over the world have studied with Saul Goodman in order to learn this powerful way of evaluating and treating the body.

What does this course include?

1. Developing theory and application of Shiatsu Shin Tai bodywork.
2. Over 100 minutes of video instructions for a protocol of techniques that increase the flow of life force in the lumbars, hips structure & feet.
3. A video demonstration of how to integrate the techniques into a comprehensive treatment.
4. Close-up shots to see details of hand placement and proper body use.
5. Illustrations to help understand the necessary anatomy and how it is affected by the treatment.
6. Written materials to accompany each video. These will help you understand the applications more fully.
7. Download the videos for use on all your devices. Watch at home, listen when you are driving, take them with you when you travel.... it will be easy for you to access the materials from wherever you are.

8. A private Facebook group for all course participants. This will provide an online community for you to share questions, experiences and knowledge related to Life Force Recovery bodywork. Consider it an extended 'classroom' for you to delve into the material more deeply than if you were just using it on your own.

9. Access to a 'Question & Answer' session that was conducted on 8 March 2018 with course participants.

How does the course work?

Once enrolled, you gain immediate access to the online classroom, which is simple and easy to navigate. It contains a series of videos, each with written materials and illustrations. You can go through them whenever you like and will have them for years to come. You can even download them onto your device so that you can listen/watch on the go.

All of the material is presented in step-by-step directions that are easy to follow. If you have questions on anything, you have several options where to get input. First, there is a section underneath each video 'lesson' where you can write your questions. You can also chat to us & other students on the course facebook page. If you are shy to share your questions with the other students, you can send us a private email us at any time and we will get back to you.

Here's what participants have been saying about our online courses....

I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be taking your online classes. Many thanks to Lynn for her patience in getting me up and running and kudos to Saul for the concise, measured, and clear written commentary and demonstrations. The presentation and video quality is seamless and also adds a level of grace to the learning experience. The patient and listening energy you embody in all of it is transmitted and I feel inspired in the watching and the reading. I have been practicing for 25 years—yoga therapy, shiatsu, traditional Thai massage, Trager, CST, structural integration.... I am honored to be your student and look forward to the rest of these courses. Thank you both for adding to the joy of my life and work.

Jenny Wolffe, bodywork practitioner; Iowa City, USA

The way Saul delivers information in classes works so well for me. I get the feeling that I not only can hear and see him but also ‘absorb’ information he is transmitting on a broad band of different levels.

Alena Karchevsky, shiatsu practitioner; Colorado, USA

I would like to express my admiration for your work and the impact which it has had on my growth and shiatsu practice. I have to say that I feel disappointed that you have not visited Croatia for long time as I was always inspired by your lectures. As a compensation for not being able to be part of your classes, I have decided to enroll in the video course, and it was not a mistake. Thank you for the knowledge which you have been sharing with all of us, it is beyond magnificent to be part of this story.

Dražen Matošić, Shiatsu and Yoga therapist; Split, Croatia

Thank you for this wonderful module. It is a great resource! These videos help me re-visit what I am learning and they give a real sense of the energy and the truly transformational nature of this work. Very exciting.

Karen Dawn Oei, Shiatsu Practitioner, London

Your Instructor

Saul Goodman
Saul Goodman

Saul Goodman is the founder and former director of the International School of Shiatsu that has schools in 15 countries. He has taught shiatsu throughout the US and Europe for almost 40 years, and thousands of students all over the world have studied with him. His book "The Book of Shiatsu" has been translated into 10 languages.

Saul brings a synthesis of Eastern healing practices and Western physiology to this material. He communicates complex, unique information with clarity. His classes are full of the rich history of shiatsu, stimulating theory, and practical ways to move chi and free trapped life force in the body.

Saul is also the developer of Shiatsu Shin Tai (also called Life Force Recovery), which is an evolving form of shiatsu bodywork. Shiatsu Shin Tai offers a unique set of diagnosis and technique to reestablish the proper spatial relationship of the body by activating the client’s own inner healing power. Other books by Saul include an advanced instructional manual called "Shiatsu Shin Tai" and "Light Body Activation."

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and will continue to be available for a long time. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
Is this course for me?
This course is for you if you have an interest in using touch to increase health and well-being. The materials presented are unique to this body of work and provide a powerful protocol for practicing touch therapy. This course is for beginners or established bodyworkers. You can practice these tools to use with family and friends to help increase their health and well-being, or use them to take your practice to a whole new level.
I already have a bodywork practice (massage, shiatsu, craniosacral, chiropractic, etc.). Will this course bring anything new to me?
Yes, most of the participants in our courses are already bodyworkers. The unique theory and application of technique in Shiatsu Shin Tai (also called Life Force Recovery) can add to your repertoire and increase the effectiveness of the modality you already practice. In other words, you will learn ideas which can be applied to many kinds of technique and treatment. Plus you will learn new techniques which can be integrated into your treatments.
I have already taken live Shin Tai classes. Will this course add anything to what I learned already?
This course covers material generally given in the third day of the Shin Tai class Governing Vessel & the Spine. So if you took that class, the techniques will not necessarily be new for you, although Saul is often adding alterations and ideas to techniques. Having them presented on video so you can watch them again and again provides a great opportunity for you to understand and remember the material better. And if you adopt a beginner's mind, you may find you learn new things about each technique that you may have missed in class! The main value lies in the observation of the treatments themselves. To watch the techniques and the response in the receiver is one of the best ways to absorb a deeper understanding of what Life Force Recovery bodywork is all about. Take your time to observe Saul's technique and how he works with the body. It will pay off in increasing your skills, perception, and results.
Is this different then what is written in the book Shiatsu Shin Tai?
Some of the techniques in this course are presented in the book Shiatsu Shin Tai. This course has detailed video demonstrations, along with variations and theory that is not included in that book. We do recommend the book as a companion guide with this course.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Shiatsu Shin Tai: A Potent Opportunity

Students of Life Force Recovery, or Shin Tai, report that they achieve efficient, powerful results with their clients. They find fulfillment in helping others increase health and emotional well-being in such a natural way. Rather than acting as a 'healer' who 'changes' things that are 'wrong', they instead facilitate the flow of a receiver's own life force to do the work of healing.

So many people are struggling with physical, emotional and mental challenges. Learning efficient, powerful techniques to open up the flow of life force is a potent opportunity for you to help shift someone toward vitality, rather than disintegration and deterioration. Bodywork is a critical point for expanding health and consciousness on this planet, and you can be a part of this movement towards a higher frequency of human functioning.

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If you are not satisfied in any way with this course, just let us know to receive a full refund.