Hara: Traditional Treatment

the essence of traditional shiatsu

Use Your Hands for Healing


Download a copy of this shiatsu classic by Saul Goodman and help family & clients recover health.

  • Step-by-step instructions for giving shiatsu
  • Learn acupuncture points to alleviate symptoms
  • Read the face to diagnosis physical conditions
  • Improve your health with dietary suggestions

Shiatsu puts the tools of health into your own hands.

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Your classes are always easy to follow; everything makes sense. And your connection to the whole being that we are interacting with is so inspiring. Learning from you live in a classroom is terrific, but what I'm appreciating about this video class is the ability to repeat exactly what you just said (several times if I need to). And of course I'm sitting on my bed with a cup of tea ☺️.

Anne Brnich, Shiatsu shin tai practitioner, United States

Thank you for this wonderful module. It is a great resource! These videos give a real sense of the energy and the truly transformational nature of this work. Very exciting.

Karen Dawn Oei, Shiatsu practitioner, London

Hara Treatment:

Discover the Essence of Traditional Shiatsu

In this video instructional course you will learn how to give a powerful, transformative hara treatment that will improve every client's condition. Detailed, clear videos will lead you step-by-step through a protocol in traditional shiatsu hara work. You can use this treatment to bring more health, strength and clarity to your clients, family & friends.

Hara work is the most important aspect of a traditional shiatsu treatment. In order to have a complete shiatsu practice, practitioners need to have a good command of traditional hara work. However, during the past few decades, shiatsu trainings have shied away from penetrating treatment of the hara. They have often focused on using the hara for diagnosis rather than for treatment. Although this has value, it is missing a core element of shiatsu: hara treatment. If you are eager to gain a new perspective of working with the hara and provide a potent opportunity to increase the physical, emotional and spiritual vitality of your clients, then this course is for you.

Traditional hara treatment is not just about the techniques. It encompasses a whole cosmology. Each individual is seen as a microcosm of the universe, and the hara is seen as a microcosm of a person's whole life. By working with this part of the body, you are helping shift the person's whole being towards a direction of wholeness, vitality, and balance. In addition to this perspective, you will be introduced to a unique theory of hara that will expand your capacity to give strong, transformative treatments and help you to build a thriving practice.

Traditional hara treatment is not just about the techniques. It is a whole cosmology. Each individual is seen as a microcosm of the universe, and the hara is seen as a microcosm of a person's whole life.

Strong Hara Treatment = Strong Practice

If you want to have a thriving practice, learn how to give a good, strong hara treatment. Why? Because a traditional hara treatment will change every client's condition for the better. It is one of the most direct ways to improve someone's health. When you give treatments that clearly bring more vitality, clarity and resilience to someone's life, as strong hara work does, you will attract more clients.

When someone receives hara treatment, many things occur in the body. Circulation is stimulated, digestion strengthens, absorption & blood quality improve, oxygenation of tissues occurs. Hormonal function steps up, reproductive organs awaken and sexual energy receives a boost. The flow of Conception Vessel, the meridian that energizes our ability to materialize our thoughts and dreams, is increased. The physical and energetic benefits are tremendous! We are enthusiastic to inspire you to expand your hara work so that you can enjoy the benefits it can bring you and your clients.

How does the course work?

Once enrolled, you will gain immediate access to the online classroom. You will see a list of 12 sections, each with written materials and a video. You can go through them whenever you like and will have them for years to come. You can even download them onto whatever device you like 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.

Get pdf file of this classic by Saul Goodman


Learn shiatsu with this beautifully detailed book that has nearly 300 clear photographs and illustrations. The Book of Shiatsu provides simple step-by-step instructions for whole body shiatsu. Plus you get info on acupuncture points for common ailments, dietary suggestions & different diagnosis methods.

Shiatsu puts the tools of health into your own hands.

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What does this course include?

1. An introduction to Shiatsu Shin Tai hara treatment and overview of its theory.
2. 80 minutes of video instructions that lead you step-by-step through a protocol to evaluate and treat the hara.

3. An interactive question/comment section underneath each video so that you can find out the answers to any questions you may have about theory, technique, your practice, etc.
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. This will help you understand the applications more fully.
7. You may 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 Shiatsu Shin Tai 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. Saul will participate regularly in this group.

9. Bonus: There was a livestreamed Question & Answer session in October 2016 on the material in this course. A recording of that session is available for everyone to watch.

10. A course certificate upon completion of the curriculum.

We can help you create a thriving practice.

healing. empowering. transformative.

What will you get from this course?

* You will learn how to give a powerful, transformative hara treatment.

* You will be able to apply the concepts you learn to improve your present bodywork skills.

* You will gain skills to give a very effective healing session to friends and family.

* You will understand the underlying physiology of what you are doing and why it liberates the flow of life force.

* You will expand into a new range of perception that will give you the capacity to give deeply transformative treatments and assist in your own self-development.

* You will learn a set of skills that contributes to the well-being of our world.

I'm really enjoying the course and all the explanations provided. The videos are well produced and it's great to go back over the materials again. The online courses are a great idea. Your presence is there underpinning it all.

Petra Elliott, Shiatsu Shin Tai instructor and practitioner; England

Thank you the great idea of online courses to make it possible to learn with you. I think it's a wonderful way to study more about shiatsu. I have found the site very clear and easy to use. I am so grateful and happy to be part of this new era of your teaching.

Jurij Kazantzis, Shiatsu practitioner; Costa Rica

I'm so happy I can learn from you again! I realized that my treatments have changed because I became much more conscious about these techniques. My treatments are much deeper and I work on the breathing much more. It is good to connect to you.

Judit Pagyi, Shiatsu practitioner, Hungary

Who is this course for?

This course is for people interested in using the power of touch to help others. Beginners can use this course to increase the health of their family and friends. An established bodyworker can apply the techniques to take their practice to a whole new level. 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.

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

Is this course for me?
This course is for you if you have an interest in using touch to increase health, and would like to learn a very traditional type of shiatsu abdominal treatment. The materials presented are unique to this body of work and provide a powerful protocol for increasing the health of your clients. 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?
Most students who take our online courses are already bodyworkers. The unique theory and application of technique in Shiatsu Shin Tai 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 classes in hara treatment with Saul or another Shin Tai instructor. Will this course contribute anything new to my understanding?
This online module covers material generally given in the first day or two of the Shin Tai class Conception Vessel/Hara. So if you took that class, the techniques will not necessarily be new for you. Having them presented on video so you can watch them again and again does provide an 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 Shiatsu Shin Tai 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.
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and continues indefinitely. 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. We expect to maintain this course site for many years to come.
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.

Hara Treatment: A Potent Opportunity

Hara treatment is one of the most effective ways to improve someone's condition. By applying the techniques in this course along with its unique theory, practitioners report that they can create more change with less effort for their clients.

They find fulfillment in helping others increase health and emotional well-being in 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. The barrage of stress factors that introduce compression into our systems seems to be escalating. 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 within 30 days and we will send you a full refund.