Learning Shiatsu via Video & Livestream

Recently we received an email from a shiatsu practitioner in Croatia about an online video class:

I have been 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 order this video material, and it was not a mistake. I would like to thank you for knowledge which you have been sharing with all of us; it is beyond magnificent to be part of this story.
— Drazen Matosic, Shiatsu Practitioner, Split, Croatia

Another long-time shin tai instructor, Celeste Rixey, was recently telling us how much she enjoyed taking the Light Body Activation course (in November 2018) with us via livestream. She was so surprised at how involved and connected she felt even though she was not present in-person. She had been quite resistant to the idea of participating livestream but it was the only way she could 'be' there and it ended up being a wonderful experience for her. We also really loved having 25+ people take part in this way from 7 different countries. Of course, none of it could have happened without the core group of in-person participants holding the space!

These are reminders to us of the value of using these ways to learn. We are willing and excited to expand into new ways to share bodywork and stay connected with you. That is why we are offering more opportunities this year to participate in classes via livestream video. Rather than saying no to those of you who kept asking, we have decided to say yes :) So instead of helping to teach this year, Lynn will be the full-time camera woman while I do all the instructing. We realize that video instruction is not a replacement for in-person training, but it is a wonderful opportunity to develop and deepen your skills. 

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So maybe you have been wanting to take the Neck Alignment class but can't get to the states, or want to review Central Channel, or want to add shin tai to your practice with Governing Vessel or Conception Vessel classes.... you now have the option to try out 'coming to class' via your phone or computer. I feel that the Light Body Activation classes are especially effective to attend via livestream. We welcome you to attend on your own or gather a small group to take a class together. Please click here to see to our schedule for upcoming classes.


Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters

Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters

FREE Video Course: 

Techniques of the Masters - The Back

This is an opportunity to try out our online classroom for free to expand your bodywork skills and your practice. The first section of the instructional video course Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters is now free of charge. Through a series of instructional videos, learn a sequence of traditional shiatsu techniques for working with the back. To enroll, please click on the link below:


To read more about the topic of learning shiatsu through video, please go to this past blog post: Learning Shiatsu via Video - Is it effective?


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Working with clients who have Multiple Sclerosis

This article is in response to the following question from a shiatsu/shin tai practitioner about Multiple Sclerosis:

“I have a potential client who has suffered from Multiple Sclerosis for 15 years and would welcome any advice on treatments. Also, is there a possibility of reversing it?”


When working with someone who has Multiple Sclerosis, it is very important to proceed with special care during treatments. Work with less pressure than usual and for a shorter amount of time in order to not create too much change. Clearing some of the compression and restriction in the body to enhance the flow of life force in a gradual way is the best way to proceed. One reason for this is that when someone has MS, their membranes and energy system tend to be very porous, and the system tends to leak energy. If things begin to accelerate (breathing, meridians, chakras, movement, etc.), this can exacerbate the draining of life force.

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Therefore go slowly and not too deeply and do more integrative, strengthening work. This will be more effective than initiating deep change, like what occurs with extensive Central Channel work and deep hara treatment. If symptoms become worse after a session, do even less.

Dietary considerations are also quite important. It can be helpful to consult a holistic nutritionist or macrobiotic counselor.

It is best not to try and 'cure' or 'reverse' anything while doing treatments with any client. Instead, focus on facilitating a more balanced flow of energy in the body during the time you are working with them. The ‘healing’ of the situation comes from helping to restore their own inner healing power. This comes through dietary changes, treatment and their own will to go deeper into the meaning of the imbalance.

To read more about how to proceed in treatments with someone who has a serious illness, please click on the blog post below:

How to Work with People Who Have a Serious Illness


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Is the Central Channel the same as the Chong Mai?

Question from a practitioner:

What is the difference between the Central Channel and the Chong Mai? I have heard someone say that they are completely different things and someone else say that they are the same thing. I’m confused.

The Chong Mai and Central Channel that Saul Goodman refers to are different things. There are several extraordinary vessels of energy circulation described in Chinese medicine of which the Chong Mai is one. Central channel is a term used in many different systems and refers to the central path of energy through the body.

Saul describes the central channel as a circuit of life force that moves along the pathway of the spinal cord. It directly affects the functioning of the meninges, the spine, the central nervous system, the Governing Vessel meridian (the Du Mai), the chakras, and the craniosacral fluid. So the central channel is different from the Chong Mai, even though some of the extraordinary vessels are within the central channel and central channel work will affect them. 

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shin tai central channel treatment

A component of Shin Tai work is specifically called Central Channel work. Practitioners identify and release patterns of stress along the central channel of the body using non-force contacts that release restriction in the meninges. Release of meningal stress patterns helps to improve a myriad of physical problems along with increasing emotional, mental and spiritual health.  As the Central Channel opens, all of the components along its pathway begin to function in a more synthesized way.

To really understand and work with the shin tai central channel material a practitioner needs to experience it in her/himself as well as work with it in others. Receiving central channel treatments facilitates a direct engagement with the central channel and how it affects the body/mind/spirit. Explanations and information about it, like what is presented in this article, can only approximate the truth of what the central channel is.

Don’t worry so much about specific definitions, and try not to take too much energy attempting to make other systems and interpretations make sense with each other. Directly experiencing the different parts of your own system and those with whom you work is really the only way to understand it in the way that you are wanting.


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Ginger Compress: a wonderful home remedy

What you will need to do a ginger compress

What you will need to do a ginger compress

A ginger compress is a natural, effective and relatively simple home remedy. Someone can give themself a ginger compress, but we recommend getting a friend or family member to do it with you. It works great to have each person give a compress to the other, one after the other. Try having a ginger compress evening with your family or some friends - it is a wonderful way to spend some time together while strengthening your bodies. You can also offer ginger compresses to your clients instead of (or in addition to) a treatment.

Ginger compress on the hara (abdomen) enables better absorption by the small intestine, and improved elimination by the large intestine. It helps to eliminate trapped, stagnating materials from the digestive tract, improving circulation and energy flow throughout the body. A ginger compress applied on the kidney area (the lower back) increases overall vitality and improves the quality of the blood. You can then do a compress on the sacrum as well for an extra special treatment, especially during the cold winter months!

Since winter is kidney time, it is a particularly effective time to do a ginger compress on the kidney and sacral area of the back. This stimulates circulation deep in the body and helps you feel more warm and full of vitality, even in very cold, blustery weather.

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Preventing the Holiday/Winter Blues with Shin Tai

Happy Holidays?

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The holidays and winter are here. Let’s celebrate! It’s a time of great opportunity, enjoyment and fun. In addition, it is a time that we can experience deep healing and spiritual growth.As we know the holiday season can also be challenging. For many it can end up in disappointment, anxiety and unfulfilled expectations. The holidays can wreak havoc on our physical, emotional and mental well being.

Staying joyful and peaceful during this time of year means keeping our attention in the present. It means enjoying who we are with, and being grateful for the things we have. It is wishing health and happiness to those that we can’t be with due to the holiday family shuffle. There is the need to make choices, sometimes difficult, about where to go and what to do.


 
The past is seldom as we would have it. The future yet unknown. Embrace the present.... and strike all else from concern.
— Spartacus, speaking to a warrior preparing for battle
 

Winter Energy

Winter energy is deep and inward. Energetically, it is a time best suited for quiet and calm. It’s a good time to review and reflect in order to set priorities and clarify our vision of the life we are creating. Ironically this is the time of year that we are pushed to be more outgoing and social. We often feel obligated to engage in emotionally charged activities that are much more appropriate for spring and summer, when energy is moving in a similar out-going direction.

How do people shift the direction of their energy in order to participate in the mandatory celebrations? They use alcohol, sugar, caffeine and drugs which activate the outward excited energy flows. The cost of this is high: it is an unnatural assault on our body cycles and disruptive to the regenerative patterns of our organs. To compound these effects, alcohol and drugs are also used to numb down the pain of holiday stress and disappointment. In addition to these substances, people tend to overeat foods and drink that are not appropriate for cold weather and actually decrease the body’s capacity to handle winter temperatures. These choices can leave a person’s immune system weak and their emotions unstable.

While we can’t change this upside down social pattern overnight, following are a few things you can do to avoid the holiday-winter blues.

Food Suggestions

Of course, natural foods are always the best for our system. In winter there are a few additions that can be particularly helpful. Burdock and other root vegetables like rutabaga keep the body warm. Cooked as a stew with kombu will help generate heat in the body and enable us to enjoy outside winter activities. Wild burdock is best, but commercial burdock will do.

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Buckwheat is a grain often used in cold climates. Eastern Europeans use it as a staple and understand traditionally that it is a winter food. I liked the buckwheat dishes my mother (who was of Ukrainian descent) cooked when I was growing up; I remember her saying “it’s a winter food.”

Use rice syrup or stevia concentrate to satisfy sweet cravings. Stevia not only helps reduce attraction to sweets, it helps to regenerate pancreatic cells (which regulate blood sugar). This can help balance out the effects of the many sweets that are often consumed at this time of year.

Clothing Tips

Winter is the time of the kidneys and kidney regeneration. This is the organ that gives us vitality and incentive. The kidneys keep our blood clean and help us create heat by metabolizing proteins. Ironically, the kidneys are weakened and stressed by alcohol, caffeine and sugar. Weak kidneys make us fatigued and feeble. When they are not strong, we lack drive for engaging in life’s challenges. Weak kidneys also make us feel chilly and cold.

Wear a hara warmer, which wraps around the abdomen and covers the kidney area in the back. This is a common winter accessory in many parts of the world. This will protect your kidneys and keep you much warmer in cold weather. You can wrap a scarf around your waist/hips to function in a similar way. When it’s particularly frigid wear a fur lined Russian hat. They really keep you warm in freezing weather.


Hangovers

I need a buckwheat pancake….

I need a buckwheat pancake….

If you drink too much, eat a plain buckwheat pancake before going to sleep. The buckwheat will soak up the excess liquid and alkalize your body. The next morning…… no hangover + clear head!* Try it. Use only buckwheat flour, salt and water to make the pancake batter. Also, prepare it ahead. You might not feel like mixing this stuff up if you come in late and loaded.

You can also wash off a small piece of kombu seaweed and eat it raw before going to bed. Make sure you chew it very well. This will help you to feel clear in the morning, no matter how you felt the night before.

* tested in numerous real life situations

Shin Tai Treatments

Bodywork before, during and after the holidays keeps us in the present and operating on real-time information. It keeps us resilient and flexible even when the stress and pressure of the holidays shows up.

Shin tai treatments release stress patterns in the body that are activated by family dynamics and social pressure. They enable us to move through the upset-ness of others and transform negativity into useful energy, renewal and mindfulness. By freeing our perception from being populated with past time information, shin tai can keep our consciousness in the present and out of the grip of guilt, regret, and hurtful past experiences.

I will be giving treatments in the mornings and late afternoons over the next two months. If you need a session give me a call at (267) 372-1644. Lynn is also available at (267) 347-2290.

Happy Holidays everyone and best wishes, Saul


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Getting in Touch with Your Inner Guide: Proprioceptive Exercise

Proprioceptive Exercise gives you a direct line to cultivate the essential, yet often times elusive, connection with your inner guidance system.

— Saul Goodman

Proprioceptive exercise gives you a direct line to cultivate the essential, yet often times elusive connection with your inner guidance system. It also promotes the release of restriction and stress in the body, allowing a natural state of vibrant well-being to become dominant. This increases the potential for each moment to be a healthy, fulfilling, joyful experience. We have all heard the expression ‘Be in the now.’ This is a process that literally brings the physical and vibrational aspects of you more into alignment with present time.

The proprioceptive system is a part of the nervous system that monitors alignment. Proprioceptive exercise activates the proprioceptive system and expands proprioceptive awareness. It is the physiological mechanism behind your Inner Guidance  System. Much of this work is quite slow and quiet – the exercises are more internal than external. They are gentle and can be done by anyone regardless of condition or flexibility.


Our Evolving Physiology

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Our human physiology is always evolving; it is a manifestation that is in a process of progressive development. The component of our physiology that is in the most rapid phase of transformation is our energy system, or vibrational body. This evolution is preparing us to experience new dimensions of activity and consciousness, and it has strong effects on our physical, emotional and mental health. If you are interested in this topic, your body is well on its way in this evolutionary process. Even reading about it will further stimulate the evolution of your system.

Proprioceptive exercise and the accompanying light body activation processes stimulate this evolution. The accelerating activities of the energy body (also called the bioplasmic body, the outerbody or the aura) impact body chemistry, organ function, structural alignment, emotional balance and mental clarity. Consciousness itself shifts according to the condition of this bioplasmic energy system (and vice versa).

Why do these changes have such a strong effect on our experience? As the energy system becomes more sophisticated, there is literally more current moving through the body. This creates more friction against areas of restriction and misalignment, whether they are physical, emotional or mental. Pressure builds up against misaligned vertebra, tight tissues, dis-eased organs, emotional wounds, rigid beliefs…. restriction at any level of the body/emotion/mind construct will be challenged as energy flow increases through the system. Learning tools to work with this part of ourselves is a vital to maintaining balance and strength in our daily lives. This is why there is such an explosion of interest in mindfulness, meditation, yoga, healthful eating, etc. People are creating new ways to stay healthy and strong amidst rapid changes both external and internal.

Proprioceptive Exercise & Light Body Activation

The proprioceptive exercise and light body activation material has been developed by Saul Goodman throughout the last 25+ years. It provides tools for people to sensitize, expand and regulate the bioplasmic body in order to enhance the quality of their life experience. The processes detail safe, replicable mechanisms that expand frequency and perception. This opens the door to work consciously with vibrational components of ourselves. It is one thing to conceptualize the meridians, chakras, auric layers, etc. and quite another to be able to actually experience them directly.

 
Class discussion on development of the bioplasmic energy system

Class discussion on development of the bioplasmic energy system

 

Proprioceptive exercise is a meditative type of unique movement and focus that activates the proprioceptive system, which is part of the nervous system that governs alignment. The proprioceptive system is a person's own inner guidance system, similar to GPS. Restrictions in a person’s body can hamper proper information flow in the proprioception, leading to directions that are distorted and erroneous. This type of exercise expands the bioplasmic body and brings a person into direct contact with this part of their physiology so that they can work with it in a deliberate way.

As the bioplasmic body complexifies into a coordinated system of accelerating components it becomes the developing light body. During light body activation courses, participants work with the etheric, emotional/astral, and mental bodies along with their relationship with the physical form, chakras, kundalini channels and other vibrational components of the developing energy system. The focus in this work is on preparing the body for safe and fulfilling explorations. Participants experience a relaxed, integrated expansion so that there can be smooth integration between the physical and bioplasmic body.

So we use the tool of proprioceptive exercise to prepare the body and perceptions so that a person actually feels their energy body and can interface with it directly. Often, people have concepts of the energy system and ideas of how it functions but do not necessarily feel it. This work is designed to expand the frequencies of the body so that new perceptual capabilities create a visceral, sensory experience of the vibrational (and physical) parts of your body.

Proprioceptive exercise can be used by anyone for strength, flexibility, energy, emotional balance, and mental clarity. It can be combined with any other self-development practice such as yoga or meditation. It can be used to deepen all creative activities like art, music, cooking and dance. It is a tool that to enhance any experience. If you are interested in learning proprioceptive exercise, there is a 2-day course in Pipersville, PA on 8-9 June 2019. Please click here for more details or see below.

How Does Proprioceptive Exercise Relate to Bodywork?

This type of exercise is a regular part of the shin tai bodywork classes for two main reasons: 1. to release restrictions and promote alignment for personal health and 2. to be able to perceive subtle energies while treating so that practitioners can facilitate sessions with more effectiveness. Practitioners are encouraged to teach their regular clients some of the proprioceptive work in order to have them participate more actively in their treatment process.


Light Body Activation I: Proprioceptive Exercise & the Cranial Bones

If you can not attend in person, there is now an option to participate in this class via livestream video. Please click the ‘Learn More’ button below for details.

This weekend class is a two-day immersion into a unique type of meditative movement that expands perception and increases alignment. Anyone who is interested in self-development and healing can benefit from this course. These exercises are used in the shin tai classes to help practitioners feel and work with energy, as well as create new alignments physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Anyone interested is welcome to participate.

The proprioceptive system is a part of the nervous system that monitors physical, emotional, and spiritual alignment. It is the physiological mechanism behind your Inner Guidance  System. You will learn unique techniques to activate proprioceptive awareness, and how to utilize the valuable information it offers. Much of this work is quite slow and quiet – the exercises are more internal than external.  These exercises are gentle and can be done by anyone regardless of condition or flexibility.

Proprioceptive exercise has many benefits, including:

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  • stress release and relaxation

  • increased energy

  • greater physical strength

  • enhanced flexibility

  • develop extraordinary senses like clairvoyance and telepathy

  • reliably initiate connection to your higher self

  • enhance spiritual alignment and life direction

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* For those who have experience with proprioceptive work, this workshop still offers the benefits of the practice even if you are familiar with the basic techniques. Every proprioceptive journey unfolds differently according to the group. Also, new variations are constantly developing that offer new possibilities for participants.

Dealing with Diagnosis: What to do when you don't know what to do

Last year we sent out a survey about your bodywork studies & practice. It included a question asking what your biggest questions & challenges were with shiatsu. Over the next few months, we will be sharing our responses to many of your questions. Below is our response to one of the most common questions we were asked:

Question - I often get overwhelmed with diagnosis. There are so many things to consider and so many methods of diagnosis (kyo/jitsu, pulse, meridian, face, tongue, voice, structure, motion, etc.) that often I just shut down and can't figure out what to do. How do I find the most important thing to work on at each moment in a treatment? 


Response - The word diagnosis itself can be a trap. A broader way to think about it is being responsive to the receiver. Watch, listen and let yourself respond naturally to what you notice. You simply have to listen, receive and respond. What comes to you, no matter how basic, has value.

Let yourself focus on what you do notice, instead of what you don't. Don't force diagnosis, don't go chasing after information. If you find yourself struggling, go more simple and more general. This applies to both diagnosis and technique.

Use Primitive Diagnosis for a Primitive System

If you have studied shin tai work, remember that the 'diagnosis' for the central channel and Governing Vessel/Conception Vessel is more primitive because they are a more primitive level of energy in the body. We use motion as the main diagnosis for this part of the system. That might sound boring or unimportant or not very 'professional' compared to finding constrained liver chi or a racing SP pulse, but motion can give potent information regarding the condition of life force and how to enhance it. 

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Beginning a treatment by addressing this primal part of the energy system (GV/CV) will naturally have you beginning with observation of motion. If and when the treatment moves into working with more specialized aspects of the energy system, like the 5 elements or 12 meridians, you can apply the more specialized types of diagnosis that you know for guidance. Notice what you are drawn to and what comes to you rather than looking to figure out every possible type of diagnosis. For example, you may find yourself becoming very aware of a client's hip structure partway through a session. If your attention is drawn there repeatedly and then you notice that motion is quite restricted through one side of the pelvis/sacrum, you might decide to do a structural evaluation and go through the structural adjustments. Another example could be that you find a client's voice particularly distinctive and all the sudden it comes to you that their cadence is very sing-songy.... this indicates imbalance in earth energy (ST/SP). But if a type of diagnosis is not coming to you with relative ease, it is not necessary to chase after it. 



Clear Perception Requires a Clear Condition

Being able to perceive a client’s condition requires that your system is clear and balanced. The best way to set yourself up for clarity of perception during a treatment is to prepare ahead of time. It is optimal to be rested, clear, aligned and relaxed. Good quality sleep, food, self-development practices, and treatments for yourself are key factors. When you are in balance and full of vitality, your physical body is clear, your information system is giving accurate feedback, and you are in alignment with the higher vibrational aspects of your being. This enables the flow of accurate diagnosis regarding the person you are working with and how to best facilitate freedom in their system. 

In your everyday life it may not always be possible to be in optimal shape for every treatment. In that case, make sure to do at least a few minutes or even moments of relaxation, meditation, proprioceptive exercise or conscious breathing before beginning a session. Getting more aligned is a part of the treatment process; it is ok to sometimes do that at the beginning or even during a session. Otherwise you will be floundering around, kind of faking it and not really making headway in introducing more flow of life force.   



Receive Information, Don’t Look for Information

If you find yourself struggling to figure out what to do during a treatment and what level of diagnosis to focus on, the best thing to do is take a few deep, quiet breaths, relax a little more and go into listening mode. Often when a practitioner is struggling they begin to look harder for things to see/diagnosis/understand - they thrust their energy outward, searching for information. This is a natural response. However, it is more helpful at that moment to actually soften and go into a more listening and receptive mode. You want to receive information, not look for information. Let yourself relax in the unknowing for a little bit without freaking out that you don't know what to do and you have to find something. You can do something general while you are in this process, like palming down the back, a fascia release or gathering in the hara.

While you are relaxing into this listening mode, notice where your attention goes in the receiver's body. Let yourself receive what their body is communicating. There is no need to label what is 'wrong' and figure out everything that is not working well. There is only a need to listen, notice and respond in a way that enhances the flow of life force. Maybe you don’t know which meridians in the legs are kyo or jitsu but you do notice the legs look very still and empty. Do some stretches, apply pressure to stimulate chi, rock and press on the sacrum. Simple, basic techniques executed with sincere intention will have a therapeutic healing effect. If you can keep this in mind it will be easier to relax and offer touch that is truly supportive to a receiver's well-being. It may be that you naturally move into some more specialized methods of diagnosis & technique during a treatment, but this is not always the case, especially when you are doing shin tai work. 

A note of caution: Sometimes when a practitioner is struggling to find a direction during a treatment, they initiate conversation with the receiver. Sometimes this is a way to open a door to some helpful information and can lead the treatment into productive bodywork, but often it derails the session into an experience that will not initiate much change. Of course, every treatment does not need to be transformative to have value; some very powerful sessions are more integrative and soothing. But be aware of the tendency to engage in verbal dialogue when you are not sure what else to do. This serves to perpetuate the receiver's story rather than move beyond it, and prevents moving into deeper levels of experience that have inestimable value to both of you.


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Hidden Effects of the Global Energy Matrix

"What is true.... is that we are all connected.... we are all wired now." Barack Obama

The Global Energy Matrix

We are living in a world where evolving communication networks create increasing global connection. These networks interface with our bodies, creating a convergence of technology and biology, and we are being influenced in new, often times insidious ways. Our body chemistry, moods and thinking are being affected and it is often having a negative impact on our health, happiness and spiritual well being.

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Digital communication systems and media are now at the core of planetary activity on all levels. These systems produce wireless frequencies that transmit everything from written information to detailed, high resolution images. These frequencies form a digital matrix streaming through the atmosphere and around the globe in real time. Wireless frequencies create a barrage of highly charged, friction producing waves that move from source to device, as well as device to device, while penetrating and circulating through our organic human organization. This includes our cells nervous system, circulatory system, glandular system, and meridian/chakra system.*

Images, headlines, key-phrases and product branding generate and populate all levels of the now social media lifeline that acts like a bloodstream within the mass global psyche. Humans whether in possession of devices or not are constantly receiving and conducting the subliminal energetic stream of events, opinions and projections through their own information system. It deeply affects chemical, emotional, psychological homeostasis, and produces numerous symptoms that may be a new classification of health maladies.

Bottom line: Our friction based, digital information system can be destructive to all organic life forms. In the case of humans, it deteriorates physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual stability.

 

The Biology-Technology Convergence

There are two main reasons why biology and technology are progressively interfacing and synthesizing. The first reason for this interface is that our nervous system has a digital information component that operates in similar fashion to digital technology. The second reason for the interface is that our bodies also have a non-physical or 'wireless' component that is developing rapidly and functions much like our wireless technologies. The fact that our biological systems have these similarities to our communications technologies creates a situation where the systems can interface and interact.

1. The Digital Component

The brain/nervous system has a digital information component. It absorbs and processes digital information and interacts with software programing. Once a program is learned and used regularly, the system departs from conscious thinking speed and starts to interact with the program at a subliminal computer speed.

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Consider what is happening when we watch television. We are looking at a screen that projects a non-stop stream of changing images. In reality what we are seeing are millions of colored dots, rearranging themselves in milli- seconds. The eye (retina) receives the digital information and our brain interprets the images.

Video games have even more impact to our to the digital aspect of our system because of their interactive nature. Games are composed with layers of challenge and response that increase in difficulty as one goes deeper into the game program. Playing overtime, the mind/nervous system interface with the program and the player begins to react much faster than they would with deliberate thought. The player is now 'in' the program. If you close your eyes immediately after playing a video game you will continue to see the game characters moving through your mind field in full color showing that we have internalized the digital information and programming.

 

2. The Wireless Component

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The body-mind has a non-physical or wireless energy/information system which is becoming more sophisticated. This is a system that has long been identified in Chinese acupuncture and in Ayurvedic medicine. It circulates within the physical body and extends up to five feet beyond the skin border.

The human wireless apparatus** is responsible for how we interact with nature, animals and other humans on instinctive, emotional and mental planes. It can be penetrated by, or even align with (entrainment***) various digital frequencies such as those broadcast from cell towers, digital media, and wireless devices. Our wireless apparatus picks up the information transmitted by these systems on an unconscious or subconscious level, as we are now swimming in a sea of high frequency digital energy.

The influence of interaction between digital wireless technology and the the human wireless system is determined by the quality of the information and images being transmitted and received. Although there is some positive uplifting content in the 'global feed,' the majority of the information circulating in the ever increasing volume of wireless systems is overwhelmingly negative and energy draining. Our human systems are being bombarded with a constant flow of violent distorted images, and anger, fear based dialogue that manipulates, conditions, and even alters thoughts and perception. This flow unconsciously influences how many of our perceptions, opinions and ideas are formed and then expressed, not only externally, but also within our internal mind chatter dialogue.

 

Direct Telepathic Vision

Another important layer in the information exchange is the direct exchange of frequencies from one human to another, from community to community and from group to group. This has been called the global brain; it refers to the interchange of telepathic, psychic and emotional energy throughout various strata of the planet. It is sometimes simply called osmosis. Of course, this exchange existed long before digital and wireless technology, but since these biological/bio-plasmic** counterparts to technology have also been developing, they are now playing a greater role in our evolving human experience. Therefore, these influences should also be noticed in terms of how they effect day-to-day life.

Most people reading this article live in one of the fortunate regions of the planet where life is good. We enjoy food, shelter, opportunity and a sense of purpose. But if we stop and assess the overall global condition and the degree of war, tension, displacement, grief of loss, etc. that is occurring every moment, we realize that there is a tremendous volume of heavy negative vibration entering both the natural and technological information grid. As we go along in our daily routines, not often noticing the intense level of strife existing in a high percentage of the globe, we are still receiving the emotional and psychological information of pain and suffering through our bio-plasmic wireless apparatus. We are being impacted and we are reacting even though much of the input doesn’t register consciously.

 

Development of the Outerbody System

The human wireless system can also be referred to as the outerbody.** The outerbody is an evolving system that functions as an extension and upgrade to our physical systems, particularly the nervous system. It also functions as a semi-permeable, selective membrane. 

The outerbody is currently in a logarithmic growth spurt. On one hand, this brings a new capacity and vision into our human environment. On the other hand, it causes a heightened sensitivity to the more coarse qualities of the physical world such as pollution, synthetics. emotional upset, and psychological stress. The  sophistication of the outerbody system is catalyzed by awakening consciousness along with any activity that stimulates greater awareness: healing work, yoga, meditation, positive thinking, therapy, etc. Since the development of the outerbody system is part of our natural human evolution, even people that are not directly developing awareness through specific practices are subject to the various effects of these changes.

  • To learn more about how to feel and manage your outerbody, click on the following link to download a free 30 minute guided audio: Outerbody Expansion.

 

The Effects of the Energy Matrix

Are there ever days when you wake feeling anger, fear, anxiety, and weakness? Are there times during the day when ill feelings seem to just sneak up on you? Do you wake up in the night with ominous fears, violent impulses and dark thoughts? If you do, take a moment to evaluate these states; you might notice that often times it is not coming from your immediate life circumstance. You might notice that your life is actually fine - generally prosperous, generally happy, generally healthy - with just the usual challenges that don’t match the magnitude of the negativity you are feeling, especially when compared to what others around the world are experiencing. You might notice that the composite of your life system is good and relatively balanced and seemingly not related to the negativity you are feeling.

 When this is happening it can be useful to consider that it is a product of the involuntary intake of your wireless bio-plasmic system. What is streaming into your system may be having a very powerful effect on your emotions, mind and body. You might also begin to notice when this dynamic is affecting others around you including partners, family, friends and clients.  Digital/wireless intake, and what we then subconsciously broadcast as a result of it, can be affecting our health, relationships and productivity.

 

Transform the Narrative & Images

Noticing is the first step of change

  1. Be mindful of your internal dialogue in the general flow of your daily life. Noticing when you have internal friction and aggression toward others. Notice when you are having negative dis-empowering reactions toward people that you encounter in the day-to-day life flow, like while driving, shopping or talking on the phone.

  2. Notice when teachers, speakers, media, etc. are generating fear, anger, antagonism and/or divisiveness through what appears to be routine reporting, writing, dialogue, teaching and presentations. Notice the choice of language and when they are using words that exaggerate or exacerbate the negativity.

  3. Media Fast: Take a day, 3 days, a week or even more and turn off all media devices and input. This will create a similar effect to food fasting where afterwards you are more sensitive to quality, subtleties of food you eat. After staying away from media for a period of time you will notice how much you are being affected by listening and watching. You will also notice the rough and aggressive quality of much of the information.

  4. Consider that whatever and whomever you don’t like or agree with represent a quality you have within yourself that you are projecting onto your external landscape. This is the 'Buddha nature.' You can only see in others what exists within yourself. Also, if you believe that we are all connected within a unified consciousness ('we are all one'), then what or who we don’t like must be part of ourselves. Therefore if we don’t like a tyrant, politician, a social group, a co-worker, etc. it can be useful to consider that those people are ‘acting out' a very difficult aspect of the mass consciousness of which we are a part.

Our opposition actually magnifies that to which we are opposed. Whatever we are against we eventually become. We cannot change others but we can notice what we don’t like and seek to change those qualities within ourselves. When we show compassion for even the most diabolical person or idea, we are also showing compassion to ourselves.

 

Reverse the flow

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The human information system is composed of wired and wireless components. We receive information, process it, and also broadcast through our bio-plasmic outerbody system. We can therefore create substantive high dpi digital content and broadcast it to multiple layers of our environment, including instinctive, emotional and mental planes. Over time, especially with the evolution of adaptive artificial intelligence, we will be able to input positive, empowering information back into the grid and influence the entire social and media content.

How to get started:

  1. Be aware when you are getting drawn into the fear, anger, energy draining media/social blackhole. Be detached from positions and beliefs that create the negative blackhole and its gravity

  2. Inputing back into the grid: Internally create higher frequency dialogue and full color high dpi images that reflect the reality you want to create. Realize you can broadcast these images and information using the telepathic broadcasting component of the awakened outerbody system. For more information on this topic, please click on the link to the following article: Bio-Hologenic Event Images.

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Strengthen Your Membranes

The outerbody functions as a semi-permeable, selective membrane. This rapidly developing part of our physiology can be regulated through consciousness, and it is helpful to learn new perceptual skills in order to do that. This is especially important for people who are participating in various self-development and health practices, as these usually create a more expanded outerbody system. It is also particularly important for people who tend to be 'sensitive' or 'thin-skinned' to become more aware of their outerbody - they most likely do literally have a more porous outerbody and can be more influenced by outside energies. Until we learn how to feel and purposefully manage the permeability of the outerbody, we are subject to the onslaught of negative vibrational content and its subsequent effects.


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  • To learn more about how to feel and manage your outerbody, click on the following link to download a free 30 minute guided audio: Outerbody Expansion.

  • For a more in-depth audio on activating and regulating the outerbody membrane, go to: Extraordinary Senses I


* The meridian/chakra system is a long recognized and therapeutically used energetic network. They refer to well defined energy pathways that circulate through the physical body and extend beyond the physical body. They are part of the bioplasmic/outerbody system.

** Defi nition of terms: In this article the following terms are interchangable: wireless apparatus, outerbody, bioplasmic body. All of these refer to the same energetic manifes tation of our human system. The different terms are used to emphasize certain characteristics.

*** Definition of entrainment in Merriam-Webster dictionary - 1 : to draw along with or after oneself. 

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Springtime Chi for Practitioners

Remember that the quality, results, and success of a bodywork practice is a reflection of our chi, not our advertising.

Spring Chi

Spring is generated by rising energy. It is chi that moves upward and outward, transforming from it’s internal recessive winter state.

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In nature, it is energy moving up from the roots to the branches of the trees; it moves from deep in the ground up and out into the atmosphere. It is felt on that first day near the end of winter, when we feel the cold bareness break and the smell of spring is in the air. In the human body, we feel chi move from a protective inwardness to an outward relaxed feeling - a letting go. Emotionally and mentally, we move from reflective to creative.

For many, chi can get stuck in the winter state. This creates energy deficiency, anger and frustration, as the energy is unable to change to the upward and outward direction of awakening spring chi.Recognizing the effects of this blocked or sluggish transition of the seasonal energies can be an important diagnosis with our clients and ourselves. Discomforts and complaints (whatever the symptoms are called) may be a direct result of inefficient seasonal transition.


What Makes a Practice Thrive

Remember that the quality, results, and success of a bodywork practice is a reflection of our chi, not our advertising. Clients come to spend time in the energy matrix that we create and nurture. Treatment skills are only a vehicle for transporting an atmosphere of wellbeing to the client’s system. 

 
Music transports the listener into the mental state of the composer.
— Beethoven
 

As practitioners, working with our own chi is the most effective way to expand our practice. This is not only in terms of numbers of treatments, but also the dimension of positive effects. When the practitioner develops his or her chi flow, it creates a more dynamic experience for the client and practitioner. Below are some practices that you can use to nourish your chi, particularly for this time of year in the northern temperate hemisphere. 


Some Exercises to Support Winter - Spring Chi

  • Walking on grass barefoot in the morning:

This practice transports upward rising morning/spring energy from the earth through the body. Chi is conducted via the morning dew and enters the KI #1 vortex for distribution though the system. It particularly opens the liver and gallbladder, which are the organ manifestations and core of spring energy.

 
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  • Breathing Exercise: 
  1. Begin in standing position.
  2. Breathe in deeply while stepping forward, and simultaneously raising your arms with palms up.
  3. Step back to the starting position while breathing out.
  4. Repeat a,b,c while stepping forward and back with the other foot.
  5. Repeat a,b,c,d 10- 12 times
  • Daily Skin Brush:
  1. Brush the entire skin surface with a brush, loofa or towel.
  2. For a more penetrating effect dip the brush in hot ginger water.
  3. Repeat one or two times daily. 

This practice helps to bring energy to the surface of the body. It opens the the pores and improves breathing. It helps the body clean out and discharge  deep inner stagnation.

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  • Integrating Nature Music:
  1. Go to a place where you can hear birds singing.
  2. Expand the layers of the outerbody membranes.*
  3. In this expanded state listen to sound and melodies of the bird songs. Notice the sensation of the s ound frequencies vibrating through your system.

This practice has numerous transformative effects and is also very entertaining. Interacting with the vibration of the bird song energy creates an uplifting flow of natural chi and initiates movement, positive emotion, and mental clarity.

* Please click on the following link for a free 30-minute guided audio to learn how to expand your outerbody:  Energy Body Expansion


Earth and Solar Influences

There are yearly cycles of energy expression that are similar to seasonal changes. This dynamic is expressed in the astrology system of 9 Star Ki. On this larger level of influence, we are moving from a water year to a fire year. This again is a shift from water energy and its characteristics to the most outward moving and active energy of fire.

We are presently moving from a water (1) year into a fire (9) year

We are presently moving from a water (1) year into a fire (9) year

We are presently moving from a water (1) year into a fire (9) year

Some Element Characteristics

Winter/Water - internal, reflective

Spring-Wood - outward, creative

Summer/Fire - active, social

Late Summer/Soil - gather, convergence

Autumn/Metal: retraction, shedding 

In other words, not only are we moving from water to wood energy due to the seasonal change, we are also moving from water to fire in terms of the yearly 9 Star Ki change. This could compound the tendency for people to get stuck in the demands of seasonal change. Therefore, the need for identifying and addressing the water energy shift can be even more important this year in order to maintain well being and balance with our environment.


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Working with the Cuboid Bone

Working with the Cuboid Bone

The following video is a short clip from the online course "Governing Vessel Part III: The Lumbars, Hip Structure & Feet." Please watch to learn how to bring more mobility and alignment to the cuboid bone of the foot. This has a major impact on how force is dissipated throughout the body during upright activities.

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Arches of the Feet

Working with the cuboid bone is one factor in restoring the very important function of the arches in the foot. When operating properly, the arch system helps to dissipate forces that enter the body from the impact of walking and running. When the arches do not function in the right way, these forces move up into the body and can adversely affect the ankles, knees, hips, spine and cranium.

 

The longitudinal arch of the foot transmits the force of gravity and body weight into the ground when standing, and to the big toe when moving. This creates a giant lever that gives spring to the gait. The transverse arch is mainly responsible for absorbing shock from the impact of our body weight during walking and running. It also keeps the body stable and balanced.

 
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Restoring Arch Function

If for any reason the articulations of the foot operate incorrectly, it can have consequences on the rest of the body, especially over time. When the shock of impact from motion is not dissipated at the arch, it is transferred up into the body; it becomes internalized as the structures above brace against it. When these forces of body motion are unresolved, everything from the hip joints to the atlas and cranium can become compressed. This contributes to body tensions, binding of the soft tissue and can literally shock the internal organs. The following technique helps to restore the mobility and alignment of the cuboid bone and enhance arch function.


 

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The Mystery of the Governing & Conception Vessel

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The Mystery of Governing & Conception Vessel

In many ways, the governing and conception vessel meridians are a mystery in shiatsu. There is no diagnostic correspondence for them in the pulse, the hara or the face. There is traditionally no specific technique for treating and balancing the governing or conception vessels' chi.

In his book Meridian Exercise, Shizuto Masunaga says that the governing and conception vessel (GV/CV) stand above the other meridians in terms of importance. He states that they regulate the 12 classic meridians along with regulating the basic life functions. Herein lies the mystery: if governing and conception vessel are so important, why is there no diagnosis or specific treatment for them?

To help solve what seems to be a huge contradiction in the teaching and practice of shiatsu, we can look at two different dimensions of these master meridians. The first dimension is how they express themselves at the primitive or cellular level of life. The second dimension is how they evolve into a specialized system of energy in the complex human organism. Then we can synthesize these perceptions to create a comprehensive approach to diagnosis and treatment.

Shin Tai is an evolving form of shiatsu that makes diagnosis and treatment of governing & conception vessel a priority.

 

The Primitive Dimension of GV/CV

At the primitive cellular level, motion is the equivalent to meridian. Motion supplies life force or chi to carry out the basic life functions of the cell. Motion is also the same as primitive governing and conception vessel. In other words, the most primitive dimension of GV/CV is motion.

MOTION = BASIC LIFE FUNCTION = GV/CV

 

 

The Specialized Dimension of GV/CV

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As the fetus develops, recreating biological evolution, the governing and conception vessels develop into more linear pathways (meridians). The governing vessel then flowers into the spinal column and its inner components (the meninges, the cerebral spinal fluid and the central nervous system). The conception vessel flowers into the digestive system and its core, the hara.

These two master meridians also diversify into the 12 classic meridians of acupuncture, each with a specific energetic pathway and function.

 

 

Synthesizing the Two Dimensions

Solving the mystery of governing and conception vessel diagnosis comes from the perception and synthesis of the primitive and specialized way that they express themselves in the human being. Subtle motions, which can be seen throughout the body in response to breathing, indicate how well the primitive dimension of GV/CV is circulating throughout the system. Three phases of specific motions and their significance in the healing process is a key aspect of the shiatsu shin tai training. 

Evaluating the specialized dimension of GV/CV requires a more specialized focus. For governing vessel, the flexibility of the spine and the independent springing motion of the vertebrae show the condition of its more specialized aspect. For conception vessel, the homogenous and resilient quality of the hara shows its specialized dimension.

A shiatsu practitioner can help regenerate the most essential flow of chi in the body. By developing the perception of subtle motions and learning specific technique which addresses the uniqueness of the governing and conception vessels, a practitioner can restore the power of primitive life force in the system and assist the client back to a higher experience of life. Shin Tai is an evolving form of shiatsu that makes diagnosis and treatment of governing & conception vessel a priority.


Shiatsu Shin Tai expands on traditional Shiatsu massage to create an evolutionary system of diagnosis and technique that stimulates the flow of life force in the body. There is a focus on the treatment of the two primary meridians, Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel, creating a powerful system of diagnosis, theory and technique that facilitates deep transformation. A unique synthesis of structural, fascia, meridian, and chakra technique, this therapeutic bodywork clears stress from the body, and naturally stimulates the flow of energy.  

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Hara Treatment & Shiatsu

While traveling throughout the US and Europe teaching shiatsu for many years, I began to notice the diminishing role of hara in the development of mainstream shiatsu education. I was surprised at the lack of vitality of the hara when watching students work. They were often not working from their own hara, and they were treating without penetrating application. There was also scant emphasis on personal training for hara health. In Zen Shiatsu, a branch of shiatsu created by Shizuto Masunaga, the hara became almost exclusively used for a very light touch diagnosis of other systems of the body. 

It seemed like students were not integrating what they did learn about hara treatment. Some were afraid to touch the hara and I often saw little change in receivers’ ki (energy) as a result of hara treatment. Some receivers did not want to have their hara touched at all during treatment. Hara is one of the most important aspects of healing in bodywork. Working with it promotes transformation into a state of well being, centeredness and a perspective that brings things in life into balance. Without a thorough knowledge and training in hara treatment, students were missing out on a powerful opportunity for themselves and their clients.

When I began studying shiatsu with the Japanese teachers, like Shizuto Masunaga, Michio Kushi, and Ohashi, they all emphasized that treatment revolves around the hara. They talked about how life comes from and is a reflection of the hara. Shiatsu training not only included hara technique as a central element, it also strongly focused on the development of the practitioners own hara. The education included dietary awareness, strong physical exercise and philosophy that awakened the multi-dimensional meaning of hara. It was as much a spiritual training as it was a technical vocational training.  

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Many of the Asian teachers that first presented shiatsu to the west gave very strong and vigorous treatments that were directed by a whole body view with organ, meridian and tsubo considerations in a supportive role. The goal of these treatments was to restore balance and fluidity to the ki flow and to encourage the the body/mind/spirit to discharge toxic qualities of a physical, emotional and vibrational nature. This kind of treatment came to be considered too provocative for the western appetite. Gradually this approach was westernized, modified, and distilled to meet the needs of the clients’ capacity for challenge and change.

Over time the role of hara was diminished, both in treatment application and practitioner education. People began limiting the use of hara to kyo/jitsu diagnosis. Shiatsu education became more conceptual and intellectual. It started to emphasize the development of acupuncture theory instead of developing and evolving the the most important quality of the practice - the manual, physical aspect: touch and pressure. This trend has almost overshadowed what was of utmost importance in early shiatsu and it’s origins: awakening the hara in the practice, in the condition of the practitioner, and in the life flow of the healing arts community.

Hara is a microcosm of the whole environment: our local landscape, the air we breathe, the water we drink. We can also see the hara as a microcosm of the larger physical and spiritual universe. By spiritual I am referring to the world of vibration, not beliefs or religion. In the taoist practice of chi kung, the hara is open to exchange with all the physical and vibrational forces of nature - air, ocean, geographical landscapes, mountains, trees, environmental entities.

Environments themselves have a frequency range and ‘personality.’ Often particularly powerful centers are areas where civilizations develop and grow. Cities, towns and countries flourish where there is a strong flow of ki. It is interesting to walk in a major city and feel the vibrational vortex circulating through all of the buildings, people and activities. Why does a city develop in one place and not another? There are particular characteristics that create access, movement, and resources to feed the creation of that place. There are other areas where civilizations tried to develop, but they withered and stagnated because they lacked the right energetic flow. 

 
Treating the hara is one of the most potent tools to improve a person's condition.

Treating the hara is one of the most potent tools to improve a person's condition.

 

When we touch someones hara, we can feel their personal history and their environment coming through, depending on our experience. A person’s whole story is in their hara. Working with it gives us one of the best opportunities to listen to and understand who they are. It can transform the health of their organs, emotions and life system. Treating the hara is one of the most potent tools we have as practitioners to improve a person's condition and assist them in the initiation of changes that will lead to engaging in present time with vibrant awareness and health. 

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12 Techniques for Strengthening the Digestive System

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Please click the link below to read a short booklet '12 Techniques for Strengthening the Digestive System.' The techniques are simple, effective practices that only require doing easy-to-integrate exercises. Use them for yourself, and offer them to your clients to increase energy, decrease pain, and support their quest for better health.

A majority of people suffer from the effects of a weak digestive system. Poor diet, low quality food, sedentary lifestyle, and environmental factors have all contributed to a decrease in digestive function and led to a whole range of symptoms that many of your clients (and perhaps you!) are struggling to alleviate. It is well known that a healthy digestive system is a cornerstone of good health. Strengthening this part of the body is of utmost importance in leading a fulfilled and vigorous life.

 


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Hara: A Path to Realization

Vision of Life ≠ LIfe

We all have ideas, dreams and projects. We have a vision of how we want our life to be. However, there is usually a disconnect between how our reality is actually playing out in real time and what our inner visions look like. Maybe there is that rare person whose total image of how they want their life to be matches their actual circumstances, but most people experience some degree of gap between their vision and their current life scheme. For many clients this is in the mix of reasons as to why they come for treatments. 

They might say ‘I have back pain’, ‘my digestion is not good’ or ‘I’m depressed.’ But as you get to know them a little better, you discover that the inability to create the experience that they desire is a strong force behind what is going on in their life that is making them unhappy. Many of the things that are bothering them physically or emotionally are actually symptoms of this disconnect. There is festering frustration and discontent with the difference between what they envision for their life and what they actually experience, and how that feels day in and day out.

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In other words, what they dream is not what they experience. Not the dream while sleeping, but the inner semi-conscious dream we have while we are awake. If there is an extreme disconnect, the inner dream becomes fantasy. The closer the dream comes to what is actually happening in the daily life, the less a person fantasizes, and the more engaged and creative the person becomes with what they are doing.

 

 

 

The Role of Hara in Manifestation

The hara plays a large role in translating our ideas, images, and dreams into physical reality. There are several aspects of hara that contribute to this activity of manifestation. First of all, it is the physical seat of our digestive system, which converts food into usable fuel for our body to function and act in the world. The hara transforms food into energy so that we can act, so that we can carry out our visions on the physical plane. The hara also holds the reproductive organs, which function to spark and create new life in manifested form.

Another factor in the hara’s function to translate dreams into reality it that it is the energetic center and physical component of the Conception Vessel meridian, an electromagnetic current which runs up the front of the body. The word conception is defined in the Merriam-Webster dictionary as ‘the process of becoming pregnant involving fertilization or implantation or both.’

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When the Conception Vessel meridian is flowing with strength and balance, it gives the capacity for visions to begin forming into third dimensional reality through a process of fertilization. Ideas become pregnant. They enter the phase of developing into a fully matured form. I am working from the unique premise that the hara is the most direct way to diagnose and treat the Conception Vessel and effect this capacity. It makes sense that when the Conception Vessel is flowing well, our ability to conceive is enhanced.

 

A third factor that contributes to the hara’s role in manifestation is related to the hip structure. I consider the hip structure as the bony aspect of the hara, and the hip joints as the mechanism that set the hara into motion. The hara and its motion are prominent factors in moving our intentions into the life sphere; they play an strong role in determining what unfolds there. 

 
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So to summarize, the health of the hara is related to our ability to manifest our visions because of the close relationship it has with the following aspects of the body:

  1. Digestive & reproductive systems
  2. Conception Vessel meridian
  3. Pelvic structure & hip joints

When we work with clients and treat the hara, it becomes more clear, strong and balanced. The organs begin to function better. Circulation and oxygenation of tissues is increased. The flow of the Conception Vessel meridian improves, and the mobility and alignment of the hip structure improve. The hara can now better do its job to translate images and intentions into the physical plane, and a person’s ideas about their life and their life itself begin to have a more direct correlation. 


 

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The True Nature of Shiatsu

Shiatsu books give lists of conditions and symptoms that shiatsu can cure. But in the end, does shiatsu really ‘cure’ conditions? And does viewing and practicing shiatsu from that perspective allow us to access its most powerful potential? 

If a person pursues a path that does not resonate with their true nature, their potential for creating and expressing is often greatly diminished. Shiatsu is often practiced in a way that exhibits this dynamic; instead of taking full advantage of the unique capacity of touch, it tends to be approached from a specialized and conceptual framework that is not in alignment with its true nature.

Over the past few decades, shiatsu is often used in a way that is trying to emulate the practice of acupuncture and other more western therapeutic practices in order to gain more respect with the medical community and general public. But just like when a person tries to imitate another in order to 'be better,' this method not only backfires, it misses the opportunity to utilize the unique capacity of shiatsu: to effect change at the most primitive layer of the information system. Instead of working in a specialized manner to adjust the function of the meridians and organs and systems of the body, shiatsu often has more power when it goes underneath these levels to address the core energy, or ki, of the body.

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Instead of working in a specialized manner to adjust the function of the meridians and organs and systems of the body, shiatsu has more power when it goes underneath these levels to address the core energy, or ki, of the body.

 

We are not doing surgery, acupuncture, osteopathic or chiropractic work. These are very valuable therapies that each have unique healing effects on the body. But in shiatsu, we are working with touch that is applied within specific parameters. What is the most we can accomplish with this type of bodywork? In order to access the true transformative potential of shiatsu and shin tai (a form of shiatsu that uses Governing Vessel & Conception Vessel as a primary means of evaluation and treatment), we have to understand the origin and nature of touch.

Touch and touch response is the most basic sense of the primitive cell. Touch makes the distinction between the cell and its environment through responses in the cell membrane. The membrane registers changes in chemical composition, light, vibration, and pressure. 

Touch contains the information of all the other senses. For example, particles of a substance need to ‘touch’ the olfactory receptor neurons in the nasal cavity in order for it to be detected as a smell. When a sound is made, the vibrating sound waves that are created need to touch and vibrate the ear drum in order to be heard. Touch is a factor in all of the sensory experiences, and pressure is the medium through which it is discerned. 

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Because touch is the most primal sense of the primitive cell, it is the most potent means to restore the primal life force of the body. And because touch applied with pressure is a primary characteristic of shiatsu, this type of bodywork has tremendous potential to effect change at this level of the body. Rather than try to emulate other methods of therapeutic practices (such as acupuncture) by introducing more complexity and focusing on specialized diagnosis and treatment strategies, we can instead amplify the unique transformational possibilities of our work by using it in a way that is in alignment with its true nature. By focusing on using shiatsu to restore primal life force through touch, we can unleash its greatest potential. 

 

 

If you are reading this article, you have most likely chosen to practice bodywork in some capacity. This means you have an affinity for this style of healing. Rather than study to become a doctor, a chiropractor, an acupuncturist, etc., you have chosen to learn about bodywork. You are attracted to using touch as a means of listening, healing and transformation because it suits some part of your nature. In uniting your own nature with that of shiatsu lies an extraordinary opportunity for you to provide an expanding experience of freedom and creativity to those who come to you seeking health.

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The Healing Process

Treatments Create Change

A person's whole story is in their body. Bodywork gives us one of the best opportunities to listen to someone and understand what they are experiencing, and them to shift parts of their life that are painful. It can transform the health of a person's organs, emotions and life system. Treatments can assist someone in the initiation of changes that will lead to engaging in present time with vibrant health. 

People who come to us for bodywork want to achieve well-being and healing; underneath that is always a desire for joy. One depends on the other. Joy can be difficult to experience without a foundation of physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health. So clients come see us and tell us about symptoms and conditions they would like to cure, situations that they would like to change. They tell us that they are not happy and would like to be.

If we can go to the client’s system and help restore strength, alignment and resilience, real change will begin to happen in their body and life. What is behind their discomfort and sickness will come to the surface and make itself known. This is not always easy; healing is a double edge sword. As someone gets stronger and healthier, they also come face to face with the situations and behaviors that caused disharmony in the first place. These factors led to compression in the body and over time caused nagging, uncomfortable aches, pains and symptoms.

 
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Photograph by shin tai instructor hermann grobbauer

 
 
The more we can perceive and understand different stages of healing, the better we are equipped to handle ourselves and those whom we treat with skill and sensitivity. 
 

The Healing Process

As a practitioner works with a client over time, there are usually several elements of the treatment that are priorities in creating positive change. Then there are other factors that can supplement those main elements, providing integration or supporting discharge of physical and emotional toxicity. These various elements of treatment shift; sometime there are certain aspects that remain primary for a singular treatment, or over a period of months or even years. Something that could seem secondary for one period of time could take center stage at another period.

At a certain point of this treatment process, there is a border that is crossed where a person begins to connect to what has been underneath their sickness and suffering. Usually they do not want to experience this. Treatments and healing are fine as long as they fit into a convenient timeline and do not not require that business-as-usual life gets interrupted. But when healing requires a cold hard look into behaviors and beliefs that undermine the health, happiness and prosperity that they are seeking, people often start to panic and look for the exits. 

All types of excuses appear, often seemingly coincidental, to push the healing out of a priority position and back out to it’s normal, peripheral status. As a someone realizes that they will have to go through a real revolution of behavior and thought transformation, and an unravelling of conditioning, they miraculously create situations that enable them to cancel sessions so that they can delay making changes and jump back into the ways of life that cause the sickness. They unconsciously sabotage the healing process in which they had previously been quite enthusiastic.

 

Avoiding the Avoidance

It could be that taking a break from treatments is necessary for someone to have time to discharge and integrate changes. Faster is certainly not always better when it comes to healing. But a 180 degree turn-around from being actively involved in addressing certain behaviors and conditions that have been creating distress, to reengaging in ignoring (and even enhancing) more destructive tendencies is an indication of a usually unconscious decision to avoid addressing the key things which undermine health. 

When you recognize this possibility in a client, it can be invaluable to discuss the healing process in a nonjudgemental way. A bit of encouragement at the right moment can help keep someone on a path towards greater health. Let them know that they are in a period of tremendous opportunity to shift their life direction, and that a little more self-care can go a long way towards promoting healing. This may not be in the form of more treatments, but rather any lifestyle choice/behavior that promotes their well-being. Your sensitive words delivered with compassion can help a client avoid their avoidance, especially when they understand the pattern that may be playing out. 

We all move through this healing process to different degrees. Perhaps you have recognized some of these patterns in yourself, either now or in the past. It is valuable to learn about it so that we can observe it in ourselves and our clients. We do not do this judge, but rather to have the clarity to understand what is occurring. This helps us as practitioners progress into greater health and adeptly guide clients in their journey. The more we can perceive and understand different stages of healing, the better we are equipped to handle ourselves and those whom we treat with skill and sensitivity. 


 

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The Bioplasmic Body & Proprioceptive Exercise

During a recent 'Governing Vessel & the Spine' course, we livestreamed a portion of a talk on the bioplasmic body and proprioceptive exercise. Because it was live, the video is informal and the sound quality is not great, but please enjoy the content. Make sure to turn up the volume on your device/computer as well as the video.

This material is integral to developing the sensitivity to do Shiatsu Shin Tai bodywork.

 
 

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Tips for Strengthening Your Digestive System: Part II

Learn more techniques to strengthen your digestive system. These are things that you can do for yourself  to increase health, balance and clarity. If you missed Part I of this series, it is below this video.

This was a livestream session, so is relatively informal. Enjoy!

 

 
 
 

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Facial Diagnosis - an introduction

Facial diagnosis is an important tool for a shiatsu practitioner. Learning how to read the face to diagnosis the condition of the organs can give valuable information about how to craft a client's treatment. This video is a short introduction to this healing art. It is part of an online shiatsu course called 'Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems.' For info & enrollment, please click on the button beneath the video.

 

 
 

This video is part of an online course called 'Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems.' For info & enrollment, please click on the link below:

Treatment of the Ileocecal Valve

The Ileocecal valve lies at the juncture of the small and large intestines. This valve often gets stuck open, disrupting movement of waste material into the large intestine. This technique helps to strengthen this area of the body and restore its proper function. 

This video is part of the online course called "Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems." For info & enrollment please go to the link:
Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems.

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 course are powerful tools to address these ailments and assist clients in recovering digestive strength and balance. Some of them are original to this work, while others have a long tradition of use.
 

 
 
 

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