Zen Shiatsu has its roots in Buddhist meditation
practices. Zen shiatsu uses shiatsu acupressure points (tsubo) and shiatsu meridians. What is special about zen
shiatsu is that before starting a shiatsu massage, some therapists will do a hara diagnosis to find out which
of the meridians are blocked points. While the client lies on their back on a mat or massage table, the therapist
will do a shiatsu diagnosis of the hara region which is about 1 1/2 inches below the naval (stomach) area. The Hara
is the seat of vital energy within the body, as well as the nervous and muscular systems. Hara diagnosis will help
the shiatsu therapist find which of the meridians need to be treated to stimulate the healing response of the
patient, so the meridian energy system of the patient is normalized.
Shizuto Masunaga is the founder of Zen Shiatsu
and he taught this style at his Iokai Shiatsu Center in Japan and in other schools and seminars in the west. The
other master Namikoshi taught shiatsu massage using acupressure points along the meridians using thumbs and hands
while zen shiatsu therapy uses also knees, elbows and feet.
Through proper meditation, a therapist can
better understand the meaning of the energy which flows through the meridians in the body. Zen Shiatsu has many
Since I have completed Level 1 of the Zen
Shiatsu Massage Course through Jan Vincent, I can work with you in deciding what is best suited for your needs by
helping in your healing process or simply to help bring about a more natural relaxed state of well being. A shiatsu
therapist will help to rebalance your energy.