Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters: The Back
Learn how to give shiatsu treatment to the back using the principles and techniques of traditional shiatsu. Through a series of instructional videos, this course guides you through a sequence of techniques that increase the health of clients, friends and family members. This material can be used on its own, or combined with other types of bodywork that you may already use in a professional practice.
The original shiatsu masters focused on moving chi. Diagnosis was simple and treatment very effective. Many of their techniques and treatment strategies have been lost in today's standardized shiatsu education. Learning the roots of this work can bring inspiration & creativity back into your practice and your life. This course can help you:
- Improve ability to perceive and move chi
- Expand technique repertoire
- Give better treatments = more satisfied clients
- Revive inspiration & fulfillment in doing shiatsu
Shiatsu is About Moving Chi
Shiatsu is about moving chi. The ability to perceive and balance chi is the key to creating positive and reliable results. This central element is sometimes lost in the midst of extensive accredited training programs. Practitioners may know many techniques and concepts, yet aren't able to generate chi flow within treatments. They may grow frustrated and bored with the application of complex diagnosis and rigid protocols. They struggle to give strong, effective sessions that build a thriving practice.
Although modern meridian treatment and diagnosis is of course very valuable, it is best combined with a strong foundation of more simple, whole body chi techniques. The practitioner can then evaluate chi, balance chi, and create deep change during a treatment. Exploring the original spirit of shiatsu allows practitioners (and non-professionals) to tap into the energetic roots of shiatsu for their clients and themselves.
Early on in Saul Goodman's bodywork studies, he had the good fortune to study with several of the shiatsu pioneers that brought the practice to the West. He took classes with Masunaga, Yamamoto, Kushi, Bo-In Lee and Ohashi. He would like to share some of the things he learned in order to revive the spirit of this traditional shiatsu. This will bring more vitality into your practice & your life.
What does this course include?
- Instructional videos that lead you step-by-step through some traditional shiatsu treatment techniques for the back.
- Detailed, close-up shots of various angles in order to see details of hand placement and proper body use.
- Illustrations to help understand the necessary anatomy and how it is affected by the treatment.
- Written descriptions & illustrations to accompany each video.
- 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.
- Interact with a shiatsu community through 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.
- A course certificate upon completion of the curriculum.
What is it like to take this course?
Once someone enrolls in the course, they are brought to the online 'classroom' - a web page with a list of all the sections and techniques. It is very easy to navigate through the materials and explore all of the topics and techniques that are available.
When does the course happen?
The class videos & written materials are available whenever you want them. Some people enroll in our video classes with the plan to go through it very slowly, or use it at a later date. Others binge watch the whole course right away. Some moms sneak in a video during that rare 10 minutes when none of the kids needs anything. One of the benefits of taking a class online is that you go through it the way that works for you.
Use the course with your family
Some participants in our online classes have reported that they sometimes watch a video with a spouse or other family member, and then practice it on each other. What a bonus that you can share a shiatsu class right in your own home! Traditional shiatsu was originally used in this way - in the home, for family health. It was not always a 'profession' that one trained for years to do. It was a part of everyday life so that regular people could feel better.
People of all ages naturally want to share shiatsu after watching it....
The course videos can be viewed at any time on your phone, tablet or computer. They are great to watch it again and again, or check in whenever you need a refresher. We have all had the experience of coming home from a great class all pumped up to use new techniques that we learned, only to realize when we try that we can't actually do them because there were simply too many things to grasp at once to learn them fully with one demonstration.
Here is some feedback from course participants:
It is very special to be able to connect with you like this, and with practitioners from all over the world! I am dipping in and out of the on-line courses and I am particularly enjoying 'Techniques of the Masters'. Watching a technique for a few minutes between treatments is inspiring - there are so many great techniques that I had forgotten about, ones that I have learned useful refinements to play with, and some that are altogether new to me. One of my clients yesterday asked me to thank you!
Deb Rampton, Shiatsu/Shin Tai practitioner, England
I am finding the videos so useful and inspiring. I have just watched the kidney technique in a clinic break and can't wait to try it out this afternoon. It feels very powerful to go back to the beginnings. I can't say thank you enough for all the hard work involved in sharing this wonderful material with us.
Caroline Bozkurt, Shiatsu practitioner, England
Thank you for 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
Having done my shiatsu training during the early 90's, this is really great... to see and to hear you, and even to feel the ambiance of quiet and focused attention. This is so helpful, even though I am a "novice" in online learning and not much into computers. I work at home, for 20 years now, with a steady and stable clientele, and your lessons are being put to use already with good feedback!
Dorothee Berends, Shiatsu practitioner, Switzerland
The course is very good, very structured and professional. It will help make my work even more effective. I can see now how I can use it in my practice with clients, and also when I am teaching shin tai students.
Jani Golobic, Shiatsu Shin Tai instructor, Slovenia
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
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
Shiatsu puts health back in our own hands
Shiatsu is an opportunity to help others increase health and emotional well-being in a natural way. Rather than acting as a 'healer' who fixes things that are 'wrong', a shiatsu practitioner facilitates the flow of a receiver's own energy to do the work of healing. Anyone can learn some shiatsu to help friends & family, while others practice it professionally. Giving shiatsu balances chi and promotes health for everyone involved. It puts good health back in our own hands.