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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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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To Talk or Not to Talk: Treatments & Advice

To talk or not to talk, that is the question -

This article began as a response to an email from a shiatsu shin tai practitioner. She was experiencing complicated responses to treatments herself, as well as in people who were receiving bodywork from her. A main question she had was regarding the role of a practitioner in providing advice to clients about lifestyle choices (diet, exercise, therapy, etc.). She also had concerns over the fact that most receivers did not have the will or ability to address changes that they needed to make to improve their health. 

These are issues that are important for all of us as bodyworkers to address. We realize quickly after beginning to work with people that there is more to giving treatments than the hands-on work, although that is primary. From the initial hello and discussion, getting a receiver on the futon/table, leading them into the treatment itself, and getting them up and on their way afterwards, it can be a bit of a juggling act to keep the session focused on the hands-on work. People coming for treatment are often in dire need of compassion and assistance, and it is our job to make sure our hands do most of the work rather than our mouths!

 


Below are sections from the email (italicized in quotes) along with my responses (not in quotes) -

"In my experience, it is a real minority of people who are willing to put the immense time and effort that is needed into self healing. A lot of this is cultural conditioning that other people can cure or heal you, without the 'patient' having to do anything. People are very reluctant to address diets, other than maybe a basic alteration. We are so disconnected from our food and bodies, that it has become imperceivable that food and emotions are underlying the majority, if not all of the discomfort in our bodies and minds."

Shin Tai (an evolving form of shiatsu) focuses on clearing the primary information system of the body (the governing vessel & conception vessel meridians). This is done through working on many layers of the body: bones, muscles, organs, meridians, chakras, outerbody....  The practitioner learns to read which layer is the priority and works accordingly. Working directly with the body is considered the practitioner's main job. They are trained to clear restrictions and create more alignment & vitality. This helps to reestablish the receiver's will to take care of themselves.

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When the body is more clear and 'online', the receiver then has access to more accurate information as to what will be best for them at that time. This might be in regards to diet, exercise, relationships, environment, job, etc. Their own body has the most wisdom regarding life choices and direction. Practitioners are instructed to give some pointers and references, but mainly to trust in the process of the treatment itself to empower the receiver's body to direct their life. Therein will be the most accurate, real-time information to best serve the receiver.  

 

"I spent years in therapy, believing that if I fixed the emotions (childhood sexual abuse), then everything would be ok. But that didn't work. Then I moved to bodywork, thinking that would solve everything. But that didn't work either. Then the spiritual life took precedence as a solution. But no, that didn't solve everything either! Now it's on to dietary needs!!"

The fact that you are finding your way along different avenues that support your healing and development is in part due to the therapy, bodywork and spiritual work that you did. It is normal that the priority of what to address can change over time. For example, sometimes diet will be most important, and then it can shift to bodywork. Often, we as receivers do not recognize changes that are occurring because we are so attached to them showing up in a certain form.

That being said, shiatsu/shin tai practitioners are trained to give some instruction on diet, exercise and other self-development practices. Practitioners are also trained to know when and how to give information that could be helpful to a client. Of course these skills require years of practice and development, and every practitioner has different capabilities and strengths that they can offer their clients.

But always the main role is to do the bodywork. Not talk too much, nor get into the client's story or issues through words too much. If it seems like therapy or a nutritionist or a trainer could be helpful, the practitioner may give references. But we let the touch do our main work. That will empower the client to learn to listen to their own inner guidance, their own blueprint. Nothing could be more accurate than that. Getting caught up in discussions and advice about diet, etc. often do not penetrate and create shifts in the client. But working beneath the words, beneath the typical advice - that's where shin tai can offer a unique opportunity to empower transformation! It is not personal and can save the practitioner a lot of energy.  

"I feel we are doing clients a disservice by not mentioning lifestyle. When people seek treatments, they often have no real idea of what is involved or the depth of what they are entering into. They just want to be 'fixed'. Personal responsibility is not something many people want to hear about. I have a 9 year old who feels and sees the effects junk and certain foods have on his system, as he holds a cramping stomach or has to stop playing football while he has another coughing fit. But then he sees others eating those foods and not having any visible negative effects. He won't do a 3 minute qi gong exercise to help strengthen his bladder, yet hates wetting the bed! Adults have many, many more years of resistance in them.

I was extremely disillusioned with shiatsu and had been for a while. Shin tai has recovered some life force around bodywork for me. Ironically, I am feeling the effects of shin tai at a deeper, more fundamental level, even during a time when both my physical and mental health is at such a low ebb." 

When life force is recovered, people naturally have more energy and will to address the changes they need to make. They also have access to what direction would be most useful for them at a given moment in time. Of course, every choice is 'useful', but some bring health and development with more ease than others. The goal in shin tai is to empower the receiver to heal without so much suffering, without so many hard lessons that wake them up through crisis. It was years of experiencing clients not being able to make changes in the factors that created their illnesses that led shin tai work to make hands-on work the priority for introducing change into the receiver's life.

If you were receiving treatments with me and I heard how you were feeling and how you became disillusioned with bodywork, I would encourage you to really notice the feelings underneath that. Feel them. Feel how your body feels when you feel like that. Going through that and those feelings is actually uncovering the tone of pain that underlies your physical symptoms. Support yourself in whatever ways you can and whatever ways seem most pertinent and potent.


Touch offers a unique opportunity -

One of the unique strengths of bodywork is its ability to introduce change from deep within the body. Without any words, without giving any advice, without the receiver needing to consciously process past trauma - change moves forward. Restrictions loosen, life force surges, organs regenerate, emotions mature. Psychological distortion lessens. Consciousness and physical health grow.

 
 

It does not mean all problems go away and health is perfect. When I began receiving bodywork over 20 years ago, I was in a serious physical and emotional condition. I had little knowledge of how to take care of myself. I was so unaware of my body (although I didn't think so!) and unable to take much responsibility for my situation. Through a combination of treatments, lifestyle changes, supportive relationships and many, many painful 'mistakes' I worked my way towards a stronger more balanced state. But I still require much self care to function at a level that many people seem to take for granted. 

 


Unleash the inner guidance -

It is each individual's responsibility to keep listening to their inner guidance as it grows in sensitivity. We can encourage our clients in this direction. That guidance will continue to lead them through layers of choices that may be dynamic, changing over time with the needs of their body. It is best to not to get attached to one way of eating, one path of healing, rigid beliefs about what is best and what will work. These things will change, they will shift. Each person can grow in power to read and act on the information that lies within their own body to lead then towards regeneration and vibrant health. There will be unexpected directions that this will take, and it is important to keep listening and engage in every stage of the journey.

It can be effective to share this knowledge with our clients as they move through the healing process. Look for moments when it is appropriate to talk to them them about how the work is affecting their body and their life. Keep your eye out for the times where a little bit of advice can go a long way. But keep the focus on using your hands. They will help unleash the inner guidance that lies within the body.


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Holiday Shiatsu Challenge

A family gathering can be a great time to do some shiatsu with your family & friends.  You can set up a table or futon in the corner of a room and offer 10 minute sessions.  Do more traditional shiatsu - lots of rocking, stretching and invigorating pressure - rather than something like fascia or central channel work.  Keep it light and stimulating.

Holiday Shiatsu Challenge

Here is the specific challenge:  Get three of your family members, friends (or even pets!) into your 'shiatsu area' to get some bodywork during the coming holidays.  We challenge you to find a way to share a little bit of shiatsu.   Do at least three techniques on at least three people (not clients!) before January 1st.  

It will help relieve some of their stress, and also give you a boost of fresh energy and perspective during the sometimes challenging (!?) situations that pop up when people that grew up together reconvene.  Plus, it's an opportunity to create some positive healing in yourself and those around you.  

If you are spending the holidays on your own, you can still participate!  Spend at least 3 ten-minute sessions doing some Do-In, QiGong or other self-care practices.

 
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Shiatsu & the Primitive Nature of Chi

This is a short clip of Saul Goodman discussing the primitive nature of traditional shiatsu.  Saul is highlighting the strength of the original shiatsu that was introduced to the west in its ability to address the primitive energy, or chi, of a human being.  

Saul actually studied with Masunaga and greatly respects his teachings, and he also wants to stress that the use of organ diagnosis and meridian treatment should not override paying attention to the the condition of overall chi in the body.   

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:

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for Bodyworkers

When giving hands-on help to those in need, there are a few key points that can make everything you do more effective and safe.  Each of these things could be a whole course in and of themselves.  In fact, in Shiatsu Shin Tai classes we cover them quite extensively.  For now, we will touch on them briefly in order to help improve the quality of your work.

 

1.  Never Force

Always use pressure and movement that is within the receiver's comfort zone.  The goal is to gently encourage the body into new ranges of mobility and freedom.  A receiver may feel slight discomfort at certain points of the treatment, but it should be a 'good pain,' not an 'I can't wait until this is over' pain.

 

 

 

A good way to go about this is to go into each technique as far as is easy, and then take it just a little farther.  If you notice your receiver clenching their body, tightening the whole area you are working on, or holding their breath, you are using too much force.  As you do a technique, the area you are working with may soften or increase in flexibility.  At that point you can take the technique a bit further, always staying within the receiver's comfort zone.

 

2. Use Proper Body Positioning

When doing treatments, using your body properly is of utmost importance.  In shiatsu, practitioners are trained to move and apply technique always coming from their hara.

 

 

 

Hara is a Japanese word that has many layers of meaning.  Anatomically it refers to the abdominal region of the body, or our center of gravity.  But hara can also extend to mean life quality.  Hara is a central theme in the thought process and way of life in China and Japan.  Whether it is shiatsu, martial arts, flower arranging, noh dancing, or any activity, the origin of action is in the hara.

When practicing the techniques in this course with your family, friends and clients, it is important to have an awareness of your hara as you are working.  You can begin on your own to practice moving from your hara, by keeping some focus on your center of gravity and your hip joints.  Allow your belly to relax and settle down into your pelvic structure as you work.  This will help you be comfortable and treat with power, without exerting much physical effort.  

Watching the demonstrations in our videos and courses will give you enough information to begin to cultivate an awareness of moving from your hara.

 

3. Go Slower with Children, the Elderly & the Sick

We can do bodywork with children and the elderly, and with people who are in a weakened condition.  But there is an important difference to be made: always treat with LESS pressure and LESS movement.  If someone's system is not fully developed (a baby through the late teen years) or in a weakened state (an elderly person who is not in vibrant health or someone who is ill), we want to introduce change more slowly.  The idea is to stimulate an amount of movement and energy flow that the receiver's system can handle with ease.

 

When motion and energy are stimulated in the body, toxins that have been compressed are released.  These toxins can be chemical, emotional and psychological.  The physical toxins need to be flushed out of the system through the bloodstream, skin, intestines, and/or kidneys.  The emotional and psychological 'toxins' or stresses need to release through the web of a person's emotional landscape and belief structure.  If too much toxicity and stress is released at one time, it can become bogged down and cause sickness, discomfort and excessive emotional turmoil.  We want to make sure not to give a very young, very old, or a weakened system too much to handle at one time.

So pay attention to who you are treating. If they are very young or old, or in a weakened state, go slower.  Work with less pressure. Treat for a shorter period of time. If the technique says 'do three times', do it one or two times.  The basic rule of thumb is that if you don't force, the body will release what it can handle.  If you force, you may stimulate too much change at one time.  Sometimes there will be some discomfort after a treatment.  But we are looking to not overwhelm the system with too much change at one time.

 

4.  Tools of the Trade:  Be Creative

You will see that Saul usually works on a futon when demonstrating techniques in the online courses.  He also uses something called the BodyCushion, a set of cushions designed to give the receiver maximum support.  These things are useful, but you do not need these things to give a great treatment. 

 

 

If you are already a professional bodyworker, you most likely have a massage table or futon, plus a variety of bolsters and cushions handy for positioning.  If you don’t have these things, don’t be afraid to be creative.  Your receiver can lie on some blankets on the floor or on a bed.  When I was starting out, I even practiced on people on my dining room table!  A couple of sleeping bags made it a great surface to use.  You can also use rolled up blankets or pillows to help provide support when needed.  Work with what you have to make your receiver as comfortable as possible.  

Note:  When working with a receiver in prone position (face down/lying on the stomach), it is important to make sure their neck does not get stiff from being turned to the side. If a receiver is uncomfortable lying with their head turned to one side, put a small pillow or rolled up towel underneath the shoulder on the side to which their head is turned. This relieves some pressure in the neck and makes them more comfortable.

Shiatsu Student Shares Energy Work with Community

Shanna Mitchell, a student at the International School of Shiatsu, was invited to share some shiatsu energy exercises with a Philadelphia community program called The Listening School Project.  She sent us the following article and photos/videos about the experience.

The Listening School Project is a part of a larger #ROOTEDinSW program which is a joint effort between Bartram's Garden and  Philadelphia Mural Arts. The project is designed to encourage community connections to art, nature, and each other.  The Listening School has been developed/nurtured under the leadership of Katie Bachler who took the idea to local youth in SW Philly and partnered with them to learn and share through a mobile art station/information booth. As a part of the program, the youth are offered classes and workshops to learn more about connecting with art and nature in the environment around them. 

They take what they learn and go out around the neighborhood to talk and share with people.  They do this by travelling the neighborhood with a cart loaded with info, art supplies and plant samples (mugwort is their favorite).  They talk with people about connecting with nature, using local plants as medicine, creating art... And now Do-In!

In addition, community members are invited to create a piece of art and/or share a story about how nature, art, and other topics curated by Katie and the youth impact their lives.  All of the collected stories will be put together in a culminating compilation which will then be shared with the community. 

It was so great to be invited to spend time with them and share some of the things I've learned from Saul, Lynn and the other awesome folks at the Shiatsu school.  We talked about energy and practiced the bouncing Chi building exercise, Do-In, the proprioceptive floating exercise and the "Ahh" "Suu" & "Mmm" chanting.  Afterwards they made some art reflecting how they experienced the energy in their body.


It was a really great experience for me.  I'm excited for more like it!  Everything was really well received and I think the exercises will be great tools for them to have under their belts.  They had some great feedback seem eager to practice and share what they learned.  I'm excited to check-in with them over the coming weeks to hear about their experiences taking this new information out into the community.  I'll be sure to pass on any updates.


 

Some videos of the students trying out the exercises:

Shiatsu Shin Tai Demo Treatment - focus on Advanced Central Channel

Here is a video of a demonstration Shiatsu Shin Tai treatment given during an Advanced Central Channel course in Doylestown, PA, USA. Saul Goodman is the instructor, treating David Imhoof, a Shin Tai teacher from Switzerland. The treatment is well into Phase II and III motions when the filming begins, so many alternative contacts are used. The receiver's body is doing much of the work during a treatment once there are these motions present. There are some wonderful exhibitions of paravertebral contractions, medial/lateral heel motion, occiput/sacral synchronization, and shoulder/scapula motion.

The course included learning alternative contacts for Stage I-V, anterior contacts, working with the cranial sutures to do vertebral adjustments, and other material.  Progression into more non-linear treatment was the focus.  

 

This course was followed by a 2 day Advanced Central Channel Clinic on Oct 29-30.  Students participated in various group treatment exercises to take the material further.  We also be observed and treatments of outside participants to learn more about how to integrate this advanced work with other Shin Tai work, as well as massage, shiatsu, craniosacral, and chiropractic.  

New Shin Tai School in Slovenia

From Jani Golobic: Hi friends,

I'm happy that I can tell you that we started with a 3 year, 700 hour Shintai/Shiatsu school in Ljubljana, Slovenia.  "We" are Gill, Char and me.  We have 12 students, and I think this is wonderful beginning.  Hurrah!

The curriculum is modeled after the one they have created in England, with Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel being taught before the more traditional shiatsu course.  Shin Tai is really making headway.

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Shiatsu Shin Tai Bodywork Enhances Development

Bodywork Accelerates Motion Awaken Motion

Shiatsu Shin Tai bodywork initiates accelerated wave movement in the body.  We begin to physically, emotionally, and mentally integrate experiences and information that were formerly believed to be only available to us through reaching very high states of spiritual development, or by leaving the physical body altogether.  As Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel motion increases and the Central Channel accelerates its activity, the wave experience is activated while we are still in the three-dimensional form.

 

Higher Frequencies Affect Perception

When we bring a higher frequency vibration into our body, the whole quality of our material world is transformed in terms of how we create and perceive it.  In this way, we are using our physical form and its resonating capacity to bring the entire material plane into a higher vibration.

We are unifying within ourselves the paradox of particle (body) and wave (consciousness) and activating the abstract functions of our higher mind.  Evolution is taking place as a result of the interaction between our consciousness and our pre-programmed cellular memory.

Enhance Development & Expansion

We can see that the circulation of energy, as one of our primary experiences, not only directs our growth and development during gestation, but it also regulates information exchanges in this world.  As the GV and CV accelerate and integrate with the other energy functions along the spine, it opens the possibility for our continued development and expansion into a multi-dimensional experience.

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Teaching Central Channel in Scotland: Feedback

By Liz Arundel Dear Friends,

I wanted to give you some feedback on the first Central Channel course in Scotland and what I learnt from the experience.

We had 2, 3 day weekends 6 weeks apart. This big space between the weekends was due to the room only being available at those times. The students said that it was very helpful having time in between to digest the information and practice and rewrite their notes.

2 students sent me their typed notes by email after the first weekend for me to check for mistakes (there were a few but not many) and then we shared them with the group. They had a good grasp of the info and I think it helped them to type them out.

We had 9 students and 5 teachers on the first weekend! We, the teachers, were all very excited about the course and the students picked up on the significance of it being the first CC in Scotland. I felt very honoured to be teaching this material and the other 4 teachers (Char Scrivener, Kindy Kaur, Rachel Boase, Petra Elliott) all made very valuable contributions to discussions and helped clarify the information. At times it was like a mini teacher training for us all! The benefit of having so many of us in the room was that when they worked in 3s, each group had a teacher with them which they found very helpful for guidance and questions. It also gave the teachers an opportunity to teach their group, just like in Hungary! Seeing their confusion really taught me humility, patience and compassion and reminded me of how I felt when I first started learning this work and right up to the TT!

On the second weekend it was just Kindy, Petra and myself. The group was more confident and less confused this time and more settled and clear themselves from all the work they had received so there as a better flow to the 3 days. Clearly the CC was working! So having 3 of us guiding the class was perfect. Kindy led some of the proprio exercises which the class  really enjoyed. After Stage 5 the class did a short treatment in 2s on their own and that helped their confidence.

Alot of their questions were useful in clarifying information. When I was demonstrating Stage 2 and 3 they didn't come up in the person I was treating but stage 4 appeared so they saw how non linear the process was. So I showed them on the spine where to contact and then reviewed it after the practice session when the stages did come up. With Stage 5 it was right there at the beginning of the demo! There was more phase 3 motion in the second weekend while I demoed and when the class practiced which gave them heart that it was working. Lots more proprio suggestion from givers and priopro sensations from receivers in second weekend too.

After all the writing on the board the first weekend, it was suggested to me to organise a powerpoint presentation of the stages for the second weekend so didn't have to spend so long writing them up. This was a major logistical challenge for me as I'm not great with computers. So I got some help from a friend and I did it, only to find that I didn't have  any powerpoint technology at the centre. So I printed out my powerpoint notes for the class for stages 4-6 (just the basic info) which they said was very helpful and it gave us more time to go into the finer details of stage 5 in particular.

I had an hilarious moment when I was showing on the spine the anatomical difference between C1 and C2 and had turned the spine anteriorly and forgot to turn it over to show the spinous processes on the back but gamely tried to show them the processes on the front. Kindy's face was a picture of horror. When I realised  a few seconds later we had a good laugh! So always good to admit mistakes immediately!!

So I'm trying to organise a review weekend in September so follow up their progress. They all have buddys to practice with and go over the material and notes. I feel it was a great success and can't wait to teach the next one.

I hope all your plans and teaching are going well.  Love and hugs to you all,

Liz (Arundel)

Using the Reflex Test to Treat the Chakras

This is part of a Shiatsu Shin Tai demonstration treatment with Saul Goodman.  The focus is on using the reflex test to help diagnosis solar plexus and sacral chakra imbalances/misalignments, and choose subsequent treatment. This was during a week long course on treating chakras, and how to prepare the body for effective chakra work.

For Shin Tai practitioners:  notice the second and sometimes third phase motions as the treatment progresses (intermittent paravertebral spasming, the head turtling, lateral rib motion, pelvic tilt, etc.).

Treatment with a Little Girl

This is a short clip of a treatment done with a four year old girl.  She asked her mom for a 'tweetment' so her mom brought her.  She came in, laid down on the body cushion, and after a few contacts got up and was finished! The voice was dubbed in afterwards.  Notice the many 2nd and 3rd degree resonance motions she exhibits in such a short time.

Atlas Self-Treatment

This is a great self-technique if feeling overwhelmed with too much to 'do' or unable to move on doing anything: Atlas VertebrateThe atlas, or 1st cervical vertebrae, has a natural movement that can become restricted or unbalanced. When it is functioning optimally, it moves in an horizontal infinity pattern, gently reverberating this rhythmic movement throughout your spine. In Shin Tai work, there is a correspondence between stress in the atlas and being projected into the future/having a fear of the future.

Lay on your back and palpate your own C1. Lightly touch each side of your atlas and enjoy the side to side sway of its subtle motion, noticing restriction or asymetrical movement. Encourage more symmetry and freedom and pay attention to sensations in your body.  Feel for a softening of any rigid sensation in the atlas, and/or for the shape and movement to become more clear.  Do this work for 5-10 minutes.

After treating yourself, notice changes in your feelings, mental state, and physical condition throughout the next day or two. Is there any more engagement into the present moment (which paradoxically becomes more fully synthesized with the past and future)?