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?


For information about our instructional video courses, please click on the links below:

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!

 

 
 
 

To watch Part I, please click on the video below:

 
 
 
 

 

For more information about our online video course 'Hara: Treatment for the Digestive & Circulatory Systems', please click on the button below:

 

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.
 

 
 
 

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

 

The Digestive System and Conception Vessel

This video is an introduction to the online course 'Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems.'

Bodyworkers who can work skillfully with the digestive system offer tremendous benefits to their clients. Hara treatment is one of the most powerful ways to strengthen this area. To better understand the digestive system and its relationship to the Conception Vessel meridian, please click on the link below to watch a short video.

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. In the online video course called 'Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems' we give instruction in treating not only the organs, but the energetic factors which contribute to poor function of this area of the body. The series of techniques presented can be used as a complete protocol, or separately whenever they will be effective.

Many people today have digestive challenges, including obesity, 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. This course provides powerful, unique tools to assist them. Some of the techniques are original to this work, while others have a long tradition of use. Being able to offer a treatment like this provides tremendous benefits to clients who often do not have access to anything other than diet and/or medications to assist them in recovering digestive strength. 

 
 

 

For more info on the online course 'Hara: Treatment of the Digestive & Circulatory Systems' click the button below:

 

We welcome your comments & questions below.

Tips for Strengthening Your Digestive System: Part I

Learn some techniques to strengthen your digestive system. These are things that you can do for yourself immediately, including a never-before-taught style of hara Do-In that is extremely effective and easy to do.

This was a livestream session with Saul Goodman, so is a relatively informal video. Enjoy!

 
 
 

To watch Part II of this series, please click on the following link: Tips for Strengthening Your Digestive System Part II.


 
 

For more information about our online course "Hara: Treatment for the Digestive & Circulatory Systems"  click on the button below:

 

7 Principles of Shiatsu & the Soul of a Practitioner

Shiatsu has evolved over the years in how it is taught and practiced.  Some of the original power of this ancient healing art has been lost due to an emphasis on specialization and certification.  Although more contemporary methods of treatment, technique and diagnosis are very valuable, it is important to also integrate the original principles of shiatsu into your practice so that receivers and practitioners can reap its full benefits. Please read below about the 7 core principles of shiatsu.

 

1. Whole Body “Ki”

Original shiatsu diagnosis was very simple. The practitioner started by viewing the whole body as energy or “ki” (also called 'chi') and assessing the receiver in simple terms. Here are some examples of how the ki might be described:

  • stuck ki
  • dispersed ki
  • ki doesn’t move
  • yin or yang ki
  • heavy ki
  • weak ki

A practitioner could use any “impression” of ki that characterized the overall energy of the person.

 
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The treatment approach was often times simple and based around balancing the overall condition of the client. A shiatsu practitioner might say “If ki doesn’t move make it move” or “If ki is too dispersed then bring together & ground the ki.” The treatment might also include one or two specific targets, such as addressing the condition of an organ or body system.

Over the last 25 years shiatsu has moved much more towards details and specific diagnosis; sometimes the original spirit of a ‘ki oriented” shiatsu treatment is lost to conceptual exercises.  Learning to see whole body ki can bring more potency to the practice, and enliven it with the original spirit of shiatsu.*  

* Please click here for more information about our online instruction course in traditional shiatsu.  

 

2. A Person’s Ki Reflects the Sum Total of Their Environment & Way of Life.

The Ki of the whole body is like a fabric made of different threads. A person internalizes the forces and qualities of the world with which they interface and becomes a matrix of ki that reflects those influences. Some of the forces that compose the whole body ki are:

Life Energy

Life Energy

  • Environment
  • Food
  • People
  • Beliefs/ dialogue
  • Emotions
  • Language
  • Events

 

 

 

Seeing and having empathy for the forces that have formed a person's ki matrix, including the imbalances, helps a shiatsu practitioner direct his or her technique in a way that allows the treatment to reach the basic core of the receiver's needs.

 

3. The Body Has the Power to Heal Itself

In Shiatsu, we use touch to enliven the body's natural ability to heal itself. Shiatsu stimulates the the body’s healing power in two main ways:

  1. The treatment stimulates ki, which then activates the parasympathetic nervous system. This activates the regenerative functions of the body, including the immune system.
  2. The stimulation of ki also encourages the body to purge itself of life suppressing toxins and stagnating debris that has been stored in the body over time. This process is called “discharge."  It can cause the symptoms of a condition to temporarily get worse. After the the discharging process has subsided, a person feels much better and more alive, because the body is clearer and can perform the life functions with less interference.

Old school practitioners therefore felt that a treatment was very effective if the client became sick afterwards. This can be difficult for westerners to accept.  But these traditional practitioners understood that before healing takes place, the symptoms can appear to increase and that this is a very positive sign.

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We can also transpose the idea of discharge to transformation of emotional patterns and beliefs that undermine a person's health and happiness. When the physical body changes, these things change as well.  As that occurs, the life system can temporarily recreate situations that imitate the ones the formed the patterns in the first place.

 

 

4. The Spiritual Development of the Practitioner

Originally, shiatsu trainings were centered around the the physical, emotional and spiritual development of the student. Technique was often secondary. Classes always included exercises and practices for the personal growth of the aspiring healer. The training emphasized obtaining the strength, flexibility, and the awareness needed to navigate life and its’ challenge of constant change.

Many of the practices also focused on developing the perception of vibration, and the effect it has on our individual and collective lives. Practices such as chanting, aura clearing, palm healing, and activating chakras were used to give the future practitioner the health, vitality and perception for an effective, successful practice.

Please click here to listen to a lecture about the vibrational meaning of the word 'shiatsu' and learn more about what it represents.  

 
 

There were also techniques given for healing ancestors. This added greater depth to emotional and mental clarity. Shiatsu was ultimately presented as a way of life. A person needed to practice and develop themselves to acquire well rounded skills, experience and knowledge. Their practice was seen as a reflection of their own condition.

These may be difficult ideas for people to understand in our contemporary career-oriented society. Now many students want to go to school only to get a certificate. They pay their fees and feel entitled to have classes on their terms and to have the standards lowered to their expectations. Traditionally the right to practice was determined by the students dedication to the process and the fulfilling of the many unseen requirements that really create a qualified healing practitioner.* Originally, shiatsu was a path of service and self realization.

 

5. Beginner's Mind

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Beginner's Mind is the foundation of a shiatsu practitioner's attitude. Approaching each situation (treatment) as a blank page waiting to be filled in gives the possibility to see a situation clearly and accurately. Beginner's mind takes off the filters that tend to distort and prejudge what we are actually seeing.

At the same time, there is great value to protocols, systems and conceptual knowledge. These serve as structure for learning and developing skills. However, although protocol has an organizing effect on treatments, it must ultimately give way if we want to see each client as they are and allow their uniqueness to create the treatment map.

What we learn by exercising beginners’ mind in our sessions transposes into one of the most important lessons for being in the moment and enjoying life.

 

6. Hara is the LIfe Center

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Originally, hara was presented as much more than a diagnosis vehicle. It was taught as a very potent treatment element that initiates deep healing and change. Hara was presented as the life center and a microcosm of a person's universe.**

The development of a practitioner meant an evolving awareness of hara. It meant creating a strong physical hara through training as well as a metaphysical understanding that hara is the key to centeredness in life, relations and purpose. Hara is not really something to be talked about. It is an experience of connection to nature and the earth. 

** Please click here to read about our video instruction course in traditional hara treatment.

 

 

 

 

 

7. Energy Follows Intention and Attention

A shiatsu practitioner learns to direct energy with intention

A shiatsu practitioner learns to direct energy with intention

Shiatsu is a practice of balancing ki. We move ki, calm ki, activate ki, soften ki, etc. We use our perception of energy and vibration to harmonize unequal forces of the clients ki to improve their state of well being. In life, we can use consciously formed intention to direct energy in order to create the circumstances we desire. In treatment, we can form our intention to direct energy where and how we want it to flow within the receiver's body.

Intention creates an atmosphere that supports the practitioner in their work and the client in their healing. Attention is where we focus our ki. Whatever our attention goes to, is magnified and becomes bigger in proportion. Often we see clients who have many good things in their lives, but they are focusing on the 10-15% that may be difficult. Therefore the 10-15%, in real space and time, dominates their life and appears to be 50-90% of their reality.

At the soul level, clients are the ultimate mirror for the healing practitioner who is walking the spiritual path. The people and clients we attract in our lives have the problems and habits that reflect our own on some level. Shiatsu practitioners are not curing people.  They are entering into a partnership during the treatment that encourages the innate healing power of all involved to awaken. This is where we can set our intention and focus our attention.


* For more information about our video instruction course in traditional shiatsu, please click on the link below:

Lumbar Flexion Part I: move chi in the lower back/hips/hara

Shiatsu is about moving chi. Traditional shiatsu techniques empower a practitioner to give effective treatments that create deep change.  To learn a great technique for stimulating chi in the lower back/hips/hara area, please click the play button below.  Part II & Part III of this technique are presented in the full online course Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters.  

 
 

New Online Shiatsu Course

This is one of the almost 40 techniques presented in the new online course "Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters."  Click below for more info:

 

We welcome your comments & questions below.

Learn a Traditional Shiatsu Technique: Chest Activator

Shiatsu is about moving chi. Traditional shiatsu techniques empower a practitioner to give effective treatments that create deep change.  To learn a great technique for stimulating chi in the chest/lung region, please click the play button below:

 
 
 

 New Online Shiatsu Course

This is one of the almost 40 techniques presented in the new online course Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters.Click below for more info:

If you are not quite sure if this course is for you, we offer a no-risk guarantee:  if you are not satisfied you can get a full refund within 30 days.  

 

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The Inspired Shiatsu Practitioner

We have been sharing a series of videos about the origin of shiatsu in order to bring the spirit of this work back into the heart of shiatsu practice. This next video is called 'The Inspired Shiatsu Practitioner.' It is about bringing inspiration & creativity back into your daily treatments. So many bodyworkers tell us that this is a major issue in their practices! 

Please click the play button below to watch:

 
 

 

The Heart of a Shiatsu Practice

I am inspired to share this material at this time because I have seen many bodyworkers growing frustrated and bored with the application of complex diagnosis and rigid protocols. I see them struggle to give strong, effective sessions that build a thriving practice.

A practitioner may know many techniques and concepts but not be generating chi flow within treatments, which is the factor that creates the most positive and reliable results.  Although modern meridian treatment is very valuable, it is best combined with a strong foundation of more simple, whole body chi techniques. This information has been dropped from many curriculums during these last decades of shiatsu standardization and accreditation.  Learning (or relearning!) the roots of shiatsu can bring inspiration & creativity back into your practice and your life.


In order to provide this foundation in traditional shiatsu, we offer an instructional video course called Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters.  For more info, please click below: 


We welcome your comments & feedback below.  We would love to hear from you!


In case you missed the last two videos, here they are:


Whole Body Chi - diagnosis, treatment & discussion

Early on in Saul Goodman's bodywork studies, he had the good fortune to study with several of the shiatsu pioneers that brought the practice to the West. In this video he shares some of their diagnosis and treatment methods, along with answering some FAQ's about learning shiatsu through video instruction.  

Please click the play button below to watch the video:

 

 

For information on our new online course "Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters"  please click on the link below.

We welcome your comments & feedback below.

The Original Spirit of Shiatsu

Early on in Saul Goodman's bodywork studies, he had the good fortune to study with several of the shiatsu pioneers that brought the practice to the West. He took classes with Masunaga, Yamamoto, Kushi, Bo-In Lee and Ohashi.  As shiatsu has become more standardized in the last 25 years, much of the spirit & style of these original teachers has fallen out of use. 

He would like to share some of the things he learned in order to revive the spirit of this traditional shiatsu.  This will bring more vitality into your practice & your life!  Click the play button on the image below to watch a short video called The Original Spirit of Shiatsu:

 

 
 

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Hara Technique: Pumping Up the Hara

This technique is very good for bringing energy to the lower hara. This area becomes weak from excessive sitting, poor diet, lack of walking, and lack of other leg movements. Lower hara weakness will cause poor elimination, organ stagnation, and stiffness in the hips, and will also contribute to sexual and urinary weakness.

Using this pumping technique creates powerful stimulation in the body. Because it increases circulation and chi in such a strong way, do not use it under the following conditions:

  • • pregnancy
  • • heavy menstrual bleeding
  • • Crone's disease or diverticulitis

We welcome your comments and questions below!

 

Please note:  This video is from our new online shiatsu class "Hara: Traditional Techniques".  For more information, please click on the button below:

Hara Treatment: The Essence of Traditional Shiatsu

What is Hara?

Hara is a Japanese word.  Anatomically, it refers to the region of the abdomen, but it means much more than that.  Hara is the center of a person, not only physically, but also energetically.  Some believe it to be "the spiritual center of the soul and the body’s life processes" (http://medical-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/hara).  

Hara massage is the most important aspect of a traditional shiatsu treatment.  When I was learning shiatsu, hara was always in the center of discussions about theory, technique and treatment development.  During the last few decades, the tendency in shiatsu training has moved towards using the hara to diagnose the rest of the body systems, rather than doing diagnosis and treatment of the hara.  Any pressure that is used in the hara is usually very light.  Although this type of work has great value, there is something else to be added that also has great value:  hara treatment that uses deep, penetrating contact.

 
 

When someone receives traditional 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.  

 

Strong Hara Treatment = Strong Practice

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

Many practitioners shy away from applying penetrating technique to the hara.  There are many reasons for this:

  1. Shy of New Territory - Practitioners are sometimes shy to work on clients' haras because it is new territory. Most clients are not familiar with this kind of bodywork and are cautious to have this area of their body touched, especially in a deep way.

  2. Fear of Causing Harm - Many manual therapists are fearful that applying pressure to the hara will hurt their clients. They don't feel confident in applying the techniques because they have not been educated in the application and effect of this work.

  3. Benefits are Unknown - The tremendous benefits of traditional hara treatment are not that well known these days. Even when students learn some basic hara work, they often fail to incorporate it into their treatments due to a lack of understanding of its true potential.

  4. Lack of Education - The therapeutic importance of hara treatment is often overlooked in teaching curriculums. Most shiatsu programs have simply stopped including traditional hara work as part of their classes. Working with the hara more as a diagnostic tool, and a dominance of meridian study and treatment, has become the new normal. Therefore, many manual therapists have simply not learned how to treat the hara.

Because these factors, most bodywork practitioners miss out on one of the most effective ways of building a strong practice.  And people seeking out bodywork miss out on one of the most powerful ways to improve their physical, emotional and psychological well-being - hara treatment!

 

An Opportunity for Practitioners and Clients

Learning how to give traditional hara treatment is one of the best opportunities for practitioners to help clients and improve their practice.  The good news is that most of the techniques themselves are not physically complex.  They don't require extensive positioning, diagnosis or technical skill.  Whereas some bodywork skills require months/years of practice to begin to use effectively, you can learn these techniques in a relatively short amount of time.  Hara work is also easy to integrate into any type of bodywork treatment.  

What hara treatment DOES require is the ability to listen, to observe, to be responsive.  Of course this is not always easy and requires great skill.  If you want to be an effective practitioner who facilitates transformation, you need to be clear, healthy and aware.  You need to keep developing yourself.  Keeping your own hara clear and strong is an important part of that journey.  So eat good quality food, chew it well, and do some Do-In (self shiatsu) on your own hara if you know how.

Traditional hara treatment is not just about the techniques.  It encompasses a whole cosmology.  Each individual is seen as a microcosm of the universe, and the hara is seen as a microcosm of a person's whole life.  By working with this part of the body, you are helping shift a person's whole being towards wholeness, vitality, and balance. 


For more information on our 2 online courses on hara treatment, please click on the links below:

 

 

 

 

 

Learning Shiatsu Shin Tai via Video - Is it effective?

After almost 40 years of teaching, Saul has begun to offer some online video classes for the first time. Why now?

Shin Tai International launched its online teaching classroom in the spring of 2016, and many bodyworkers have taken advantage of getting some Shiatsu/Shin Tai training in this new way.  There were several factors that led to the creation of this online venture, and we thought it might be interesting for you to read a little about why and how we decided to do it.

After almost 40 years of traveling to teach Shiatsu/Shin Tai, Saul decided to stop. He wanted to spend more time at home to be near family and to delve into certain projects that require deep immersion. Then, the shiatsu school that he used to own and has taught at here in the states for a very long time began transitioning to another location. In the midst of these changes, people kept requesting classes with him and we had to keep saying no :(.  

LIve Class: Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters

LIve Class: Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters

Saul is still teaching some classes here in the states.  And many Shin Tai enthusiasts can go to live classes with other excellent instructors in the US and Europe.  But many of these wanna-be students can not get to where the classes are.  

I love Shin Tai and I love Shin Tai classes, even after attending almost every one Saul has done for over 20 years (I'm Lynn, Saul's wife). I know that this bodywork helps people experience more vitality, balance, and fulfillment. I know many other bodywork practitioners felt the same way. I wanted to find a way that could allow more people to learn shin tai, so that that they could benefit from its unique capacity to invigorate health and consciousness. But we had to find a way that did not involve traveling, and that would allow Saul to spend less time in the classroom and more time delving into the development of new material that has been gestating for awhile. Thus was born the online Shiatsu Shin Tai teaching classroom.  

 

Can Shiatsu Shin Tai be taught through videos?

The answer is yes.... and no. We had concerns that bodywork could not be taught through videos. That students had to be in a classroom live in order to feel, understand and learn this often challenging and subtle material. We thought that maybe without working with classmates in-person, participants might not be able to learn the unique techniques and evaluation skills that are necessary in order to do shiatsu shin tai. But people kept asking for classes, and Saul did not want to travel anymore..... so..... we decided to try it out.

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

So far the results have been beyond what we expected. Students who have enrolled in the courses are giving very positive feedback. Many seem to be surprised at how much they are getting from the videos and instructional materials. I myself have been almost shocked at how much I've learned during the countless hours editing all of the films. I simply did not expect that the powerful experience of live classes could transmit through the videos, but it does! And the fact that you can watch the videos over and over is a benefit you do NOT get when you take a class live.  

 

 


Let's go over some more of the pros and cons of live and video classes....

Video vs. Live Classes

There are advantages to learning both in-person and through video.  Below are some of the main points that we feel are most important.

Benefits of live classes include:

  • You get the benefit of giving treatments to people of different body types and conditions.

  • You get to experience different practitioners practicing on you, which is a powerful part of learning this work. Without experiencing the effects of the bodywork personally, you can not truly understand how it works.

  • In addition to that, receiving treatments helps your system become clear enough to expand your perceptual abilities so that you can use the techniques and theory in the most effective way.

  • You get live feedback and assistance as you are practicing.

Benefits of online learning include:

  • You get videos and lectures that you can watch again and again.

  • You have the benefit of learning directly from the developer of the work.

  • There are accompanying written materials that are not normally provided in the live classes.

  • Assistance is provided by way of an interactive comments section under each video and a private facebook group that shares experiences and questions.

  • Some people find it easier to focus in their own environment, without the distractions of other students.

Many people are choosing to combine doing the online work while they study with an instructor in-person. It is also common that students who have previously taken live courses enroll in the video modules to supplement their knowledge and skills. Massage and shiatsu therapists that have never studied with Saul are taking advantage of getting some training even though they have not studied Shiatsu Shin Tai with an instructor in-person. Some shin tai instructors and students have taken both live courses and the video modules. It really is a choice of what works for you logistically and what your learning style is. 

We recommend that serious Shin Tai students supplement the online video courses with live courses. To find other Shin Tai instructors, please go to:  http://www.shintaiinternational.com/teachers/.  

 

What online classes are available?

There are presently 6 online courses available.  Five of them are are shorter modules (equivalent to about a day of classroom work), while the class Shiatsu Techniques of the Masters is equivalent to a 3 day live class.  

Here is a sample from one of the online modules:

 

 Excerpt from Online Course called "The Spine"

 

Please click on the links below for detailed information about our instructional video courses:


Now people all over the world can learn some Shin Tai online. These courses are designed to help practitioners build thriving practices, and find more satisfaction and inspiration in their daily work.  If you are interested in learning more about the online classroom, please go to: http://shin-tai-international.teachable.com/course....

Sponsor a Shin Tai Class

We receive ongoing inquiries about where Saul Goodman is teaching Shiatsu Shin Tai classes.  During the last two years he stopped traveling to teach for the first time in over 30 years, and only taught courses where he lives in Doylestown, PA.  There are several Shin Tai teachers now in Europe who are running a variety of classes in several different countries (England, Scotland, Croatia, Switzerland, Slovenia, and Austria to name a few), so many students in Europe are able to learn the basic Shin Tai materials.

For now, Saul has not scheduled anything overseas, but he is beginning to schedule some classes in different locations here in the United States.  If you live in the U.S. and are interested in learning Shin Tai, yet have no courses near you (or if you love Shin Tai and want to share it with people in your area) you may want to consider sponsoring a shiatsu shin tai class.

Sponsoring a class is a great way to deepen your own knowledge, create a circle of people near you with whom you can exchange treatments and resources, and supplement your income.

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Please email us at info@shintaiinternational.com

or call (267) 372-1644 for more information.

Shin Tai at the Beginning of Shiatsu Curriculum

From Liz Arundel, Shiatsu Shin Tai Teacher, Scotland Just back from the teacher Training at the BSS in London.  We had such a fabulous time, exchanging Shin Tai treatments, playing with proprioceptive exercises and Qi Gong, showcasing the talented styles of teaching we all have, and sharing gorgeous food.

Thanks to Char Scrivener, Gill Hattersley, and Tracy Krikler for all the organizing.  The School is strong and providing excellent Shiatsu Shin Tai training for future students. So delighted to be back 'home'. Thanks gang!

 

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The Primary Information System Takes Primary Placement in Curriculum

Teachers at the British School of Shiatsu in London are gearing up for the beginning of their 2014-15 courses.  For the second year in a row, they are beginning their curriculum with Governing Vessel/Spine and Conception Vessel/Hara classes.  The study of the primary information system of the body (GV/CV) is now the primary part of their shiatsu curriculum.  

It makes so much sense to begin the study of shiatsu with the study of GV/CV!  The British School of Shiatsu is the first shiatsu school to make the core Shin Tai courses the first part of every student's training.  Beginning in autumn of 2013, Char Scrivener and Gill Hattersley, the directors of the school, put  the Governing Vessel/Spine and Conception Vessel/Hara classes before the more traditional shiatsu study.  Reports are that students seemed to thrive with the new curriculum, and that it was a fantastic success.