Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems

a protocol to strengthen digestion & circulation

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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Learn techniques to strengthen your clients' digestion & circulation.

This online shiatsu course presents a powerful treatment protocol for working with the digestive and circulatory systems through the hara (abdomen). Detailed videos and accompanying written materials will lead you step-by-step through a technique sequence that can be integrated with any modality of hands-on bodywork. With this material you will be able to provide every client with the tremendous benefits of stronger digestion and circulation.

In addition to technique instruction, you will be introduced to a unique theory of hara that will expand your capacity to give strong, transformative treatments. There is also a section on facial diagnosis to help you assess what techniques are most important for each client. If you are eager to increase the physical, emotional and spiritual vitality of your clients, then this course is for you.

How does the course work?

Once you are enrolled in the course, you will gain immediate access to the online classroom. There will be a list of topics, each with techniques that are presented through video and written materials. 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 ask your questions. You can also chat to us & other students on the course facebook page.

There is no hurry to move through the course - you can use the materials whenever you like. Some people 'binge watch' while others go through things more slowly when they have the time and inclination. You can even download the videos so that you can listen/watch on the go.The course is your resource to use for years to come for learning, review and inspiration.

What will you get from this course?

  • You will learn how to give a powerful, effective hara treatment that is focused on the digestive and circulatory systems.
  • You will be able to apply the concepts you learn to improve your present bodywork skills.
  • You will understand the underlying physiology of what you are doing and how to use the techniques with precision and safety.
  • You will expand into a new range of perception that will give you the capacity to provide a unique level of healing to your clients and assist in your own self-development.
  • You will learn a set of skills to develop/enhance a fulfilling career that contributes to the well-being of our world.

Here is what some practitioners are saying about our online shiatsu courses:

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).

Anne Brnich, Shiatsu shin tai practitioner, United States

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 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. Your presence is there underpinning it all.

Petra Elliott, Shiatsu Shin Tai instructor and practitioner; England

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.

Judit Pagyi, Shiatsu practitioner, Hungary

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.

Karen Dawn Oei, Shiatsu practitioner, London

Treating the Digestive System

Working with the digestive system in a specific, therapeutic way improves digestion, strength and clarity and gives the receiver ability to develop a better blood quality. The series of techniques presented in the section of the course can be used as a complete protocol, or separately whenever you feel they will be effective.

Health of the digestive system influences digestion at all levels of life: it influences not only our capacity to digest, absorb and transform food matter, but also how we are able to digest, absorb and materialize our ideas and desires. The digestive system also affects the degree of order and clarity in our thoughts and our environment.

Many people today have digestive challenges, including constipation, bloating, gas, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcers, colitis, leaky gut, Crohn's or Celiac Disease, diabetes, gall stones, or cancer somewhere in the digestive tract. The techniques that you will learn in this section are powerful tools to assist clients in recovering digestive strength and balance. Some of them are original to this work, while others have a long tradition of use.

Treating the Circulatory System

This course addresses the important role that the hara has on the healthy functioning of the circulatory system. Treatment here has the potential to play an important role in the recovery of health and vitality.

By carrying oxygen throughout the body, the circulatory system promotes metabolism, proper blood pH, and is vital for clear thinking. In life, it influences our ability to stay active and determined. It also affects our ability to maintain emotional stability.

You will learn a sequence of simple, effective techniques to stimulate better circulatory health, including work with the kidneys, liver, spleen and aorta. Clients often love these techniques and their positive effects can be felt immediately.

What does this course include?

1. An introduction to Shiatsu Shin Tai hara treatment and overview of its theory.
2. Almost 2 hours of video instruction that leads you step-by-step through a protocol to treat the digestive and circulatory systems through the hara.

3. An interactive question/comment section underneath each video so that you get answers to any questions you may have.
5. Illustrations to help understand the necessary anatomy and physiology so that you can give more precise and effective treatments.
6. Written materials to accompany each video so that you can understand the applications more fully.

4. Close-up shots to see details of hand placement and proper body use.
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 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: A recording of a livestreamed 'Question & Answer' session that was done when this course first opened for enrollment.

10. A course certificate upon completion of the curriculum.

Who is this course for?

This course is for practitioners who want to learn a treatment protocol to strengthen the digestive and circulatory systems through hara work. 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 during the Shin Tai class 'Conception Vessel/Hara.' So if you have taken 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.

Strong Hara Treatment = Strong Practice

If you want to have a thriving practice, learn how to give a good, strong hara treatment. Why? Because 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 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.


Risk-free guarantee:

If you are not satisfied with this course, just let us know within 30 days and receive a full refund.