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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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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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 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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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

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Dimensions of Energy in the Body

Dimensions of Energy in the Body

One of the unique aspects to Shin Tai bodywork is that it addresses various dimensions of energy in the body.  Depending on the need of the receiver during a treatment, a practitioner may work with their skeletal alignment (structural work), muscles, fascia, meridians, chakras, and outerbody layers.  These different components of the physiology can all be an important part of increasing the flow and balance of life force.  This video goes through a brief description of some of these 'dimensions' and their main qualities.

Shin Tai practitioners are trained to know which layer or dimension is a priority during treatment.  There is an endless variety of combinations that might present themselves.  Developing acute perception and an array of techniques to address the various dimensions is integral to skillfully facilitate more freedom in someone's system.

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This is a short clip from a Governing Vessel/Spine course in December 2014.  Saul is discussing the effects on the body when someone is operating from a set of beliefs and conditioning that is not true for them.  Shin Tai bodywork can help release not only restrictions that were caused by the stress of following beliefs that are not true for oneself, but also the underlying patterns of the beliefs themselves.

Shiatsu Shin Tai: A Natural Prevention for Orthodontics

Shin Tai: A Natural Prevention of Orthodontics

Shiatsu Shin Tai treatments can be a natural prevention of orthodontics in adolescents.  There are several ways that shin tai techniques can change patterns of restriction and misalignment in the whole body, and also specifically in the jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

First of all, stress patterns in the meninges and soft tissue system exert force throughout the body.  This often creates compression and asymmetries in the cranial bones.  This can lead to a cramped palate, unbalanced movement of the maxilla, and disfunction of the TMJ, all of which can be reasons to recommend orthodontic intervention.

Also, there are correspondences between the hip structure and some of the cranial bones - the mandible, maxilla, occiput, temporals, and sphenoid bone in particular (see Secrets of the Skeleton by Dr. Mees for wonderful photos that illustrate this).  As puberty unfolds, compressive forces in the pelvic region due to different physical and emotional stresses can amplify, creating a mirror of tension patterns up in the cranium.

The 8 year old girl (Ana) in this video was told she would probably need braces soon in order to make more space for her adult teeth.  To try and prevent this, her mother is going to bring her for a series of treatments.  We have had good success with this approach in the past.  Even two of our own children were able to avoid orthodontic work that had been deemed necessary!

 

What kind of treatment strategy works best?

The treatment in this video shows a series of central channel releases, and then specific work on some of the cranial bones.  More treatment will be needed.  An optimal schedule would be 3-5 sessions within a 2 week period, and then once a week for a few weeks.

The cost and effort needed to get a series of shin tai treatments is MUCH less than getting braces.  Many people are not programmed to think of it in this way, so it is a good idea to offer this information so that parents can make an educated decision of where to invest their time and money.  Even if an adolescent still needs orthodontics after a series of treatments, there is a very good chance that treatments will lessen the time the braces are on, and the degree of change that will be needed.

Client feedback is important!

Interesting to note that near the end of this session (around 20:20) Ana tells Saul her mouth feels "relaxed, and not so cramped as it always does."  Already she could feel a difference, even though she wasn't told specifically what the treatment was for.  She also mentions that when she wakes up she feels aching in her body, especially her ankles.  The ankles are a reflex area for the pelvis;  let's see if freeing up stress patterns in her pelvic structure help to relieve this aching in her ankles.

Other things to observe in this video are different motions and phases of motion that show up during the treatment.  The expanded frequencies in the room (atmosphere shift - a Phase III indication) become quite pronounced several times, and this comes through on the video.  After the treatment Ana did not want to leave and proceeded to snuggle up on the BodyCushion for quite awhile while her sister received some bodywork.

Identifying specific motions, and also really feeling the general environment of Ana's system and the room during the video is a wonderful way to improve your skills as a practitioner.

Shiatsu Shin Tai Treatments for Clarity & Change

Many times when people receive Shin Tai bodywork, they want to know more about the process of change and healing that are initiated.  This is great, because the more understanding someone has about it, the more the effects of the treatments are amplified.  Please use this article for yourself as well as sharing it with your clients.  

All the best,

Saul Goodman 

What do Shiatsu Shin Tai treatments do?

Shiatsu Shin tai treatments focus on restoring the flow and circulation of life force. When life force does not circulate well, the body gives delayed, past time information. This makes it difficult to see what is going on in the present, and clouds our ability to respond appropriately to current events.  Treatments help to free the information system, and enable one to function more in real time.

Receiving treatments on a regular basis clears the information system at a deeper level.  It keeps our inner guidance system on track, while freeing it from inaccurate past time chatter.  Projects, goals and relationships are empowered by the real-time information provided by a clear system.

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How often should someone get treatments?

In order to maintain ongoing, real-time clarity, getting 1 to 3 Shiatsu Shin Tai treatments a month is optimal. The frequency also depends on the life demands during the current time period.

Can treatments facilitate deep change?

Treatments can facilitate deep change and transformation of unproductive life patterns - patterns that undermine health, well being and the ability to experience happiness.  Change on this level has great rewards, but at the same time can present many challenges.  We have to be willing to go underneath the surface to address beliefs and behaviors that we don’t see or are not willing to consider.

It is like trying to fix up a distressed house. We can’t just paint the outside and rearrange the furniture to make it a healthy living space.  Approached in this way, the house will continue to deteriorate and provide less and less support for our life. It will continue to take more of our energy trying to keep up with the negative results of disrepair.

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structural repair for deep healing - house

To get real results, it is essential to get the functional systems like electrical and plumbing back into good working order so that the house can provide a healthy, nurturing environment. The foundation of the house needs to be addressed as well, so that there is structural integrity to insure long term stability.

The quality of life change that many coming for treatments are seeking requires a reorientation of what our own “inner-formation system” provides on a moment to moment basis. Treatments that liberate our inner guidance, so that it can deliver real time information and perception, greatly enable this kind of paradigm shift. The results can be blissful and the challenges many.

What indicates that deep change is underway?

  • the enthusiasm to engage is recovered
  • there is more willingness to participate
  • one feels more relaxed
  • your body works better
  • what you want to do, and the priorities for doing it, become clear
  • choices you make are based on what is healthy, functional and in alignment with your life direction
  • you start to experience more ease in life events

Challenges that can come with deep change:

  • Deep change can reveal what we don’t want to see about our self and our beliefs.
  • Sometimes the first signs of change come in small degrees and are indirect.
  • Often the initial indications of change can feel unrelated or insignificant to the main issues.
  • We want to stop treatments when difficult, self-sabotaging feelings come to the surface.
  • Being in real time causes us to be relentlessly honest with ourselves and others.
  • We may transfer negative perceptions and feelings onto the practitioner that is facilitating this process.
  • We may need to distance ourself from people, situations, and activities that contribute to negative feelings and behaviors.
  • We create reasons for dropping out of the treatment process, such as having no time, something else came up, not enough money, conflicting work schedule etc.

It is a good idea for practitioners to educate their clients about some of these possible challenges.  This helps clients to recognize them more easily, understand the process of healing, and gain the will to persevere through the challenges.

Treatment Frequency for Life Quality Change

A series of 10- 20 treatments are recommended to initiate deep life quality change.  Treatments are received one or two times a week .  After a short break of 3 to 6 weeks, another series of 10 treatments is recommended.

Once these sessions are completed, treatments 1-2 times a month are optimal to help stay in real-time. The frequency of course also depends on current life circumstances.

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Healthy Eating healthy meal

Clients who want to experience this in-depth treatment process are also asked to participate with homework that revolves around various types of exercise, activities and basic nutritional changes.

Participants are required to make a commitment of time and energy.  This kind of personal investment help assure that the process leads to an expanded life experience in many aspects: creativity, work, relationships, prosperity, health, and life direction to name a few.

It has been quite rewarding to work with people who decide to engage in a treatment strategy like this.  The dynamic life changes that occur are inspiring and enjoyable for both the practitioner and the receiver!

For information, cost & scheduling, please contact:

Saul Goodman at nonsensei@aol.com or (267) 372-1644

Lynn Goodman at lynn@shintaiinternational.com or (267) 347-2290

Advanced Central Channel - a short Shin Tai treatment using anterior contacts

This short demo treatment was given during an Advanced Central Channel course given by Saul Goodman in November 2014. It includes work with some anterior contacts. Central Channel is part of Shiatsu Shin Tai. It works to free the body of menningal stress patterns. As space and motion are recovered, the body begins to literally enter more fully into the present time continuum. Central Channel work has been referred to as the 'jazz' of bodywork due to its complexity, intelligence, and creativity.

The material in this treatment is geared for practitioners who have already done extensive study in Shiatsu Shin Tai, although the concepts could be helpful for any bodyworker to see.

These anterior contacts usually present themselves once life force is really activated in the body,and there are phase II & III motions. Common locations include the sternum and manubrium, the ribs, the xyphoid process, the top of the pubic bone, and the collar bone.

 

Shiatsu Shin Tai is a comprehensive, precise, and highly effective healing touch therapy developed by Saul Goodman. It expands on traditional Shiatsu massage to create an evolutionary system of diagnosis and technique that stimulates the flow of life force in the body.

 

Conflict Resolution Exercise

Conflict Resolution Exercise

When you are in a conflict situation with another person(s), there is something you can do within your own body that is quite effective to encourage the power struggle to lessen and resolution to become possible.  This conflict resolution exercise is simple and can be done even while in the midst of trying to communicate with another person.  The main challenge is to remember to try this WHILE you are in conflict - it is often the time you will be least willing and able to take any responsibility for lessening the conflict!

 

  1. Put your attention on your solar plexus, the area right below your sternum (breastbone).  Breathe to that area, and try and relax and loosen it if it feels tight.  You may notice a numb or tingling sensation there after your attention is on it for a few moments. 
  2. Now put your attention on your chest, under your sternum.  Again, use your breath to stretch the area so that it feels a little more flexible and pliant. 
  3. Now imagine that there is a circle of energy rotating between your solar plexus and sternum, cycling life force to flow between the two areas.  You may encourage this in a loop pattern, or a line between, it doesn't matter.  Just get some energy or a visual picture of energy moving between the areas. 
  4. Do this for a few seconds up to a few minutes.  

 When you stay inside your own 'home' (body),  your interactions with others

will be more honest, clear and productive.   

Notice what happens to the conflict in the time right after you do this short exercise.  99% of the time there will be a softening in at least one of the party's point of view and/or ability to listen.  Suddenly the conversation will become less reactive and more solution oriented. 

Often there will be a marked difference in how you are feeling towards the other person(s), and the stress level in your body decreases.  At the very least, putting your attention on your own body brings your energy more within, and immediately you will be more effective.

I have used this technique countless times in my life, and still do.  With all the different wounds we are carrying around, we need as many tools as possible to help us be easier in our lives.  Even if you feel you need to make a strong stand on something or set a firm boundary, this simple exercise can help you do it without negativity and the desire to hurt another.  This is the beginning of the end of war.   

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!

 

British School of Shiatsu Teacher Training Shiatsu Shin Tai Cervical Adjustment

 

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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.

The Unique Power of Shiatsu Touch

Shiatsu Touch:  Restoring the Capacity to Grow and Develop This is a short clip from Conception Vessel/Hara course in Doylestown, PA on May 24-25.

Touch offers such a unique healing opportunity, especially the quality of shiatsu touch that shin tai practitioners are trained to deliver ~

Central Channel and Motor Neuron Disease

I am sharing this extraordinary account of a Central Channel treatment by a practitioner who recently completed the Central Channel course in Nottingham, UK. “The person in question was diagnosed (…. with motor neuron disease) three years ago and can only move her head and neck, her right thumb and forefinger and shrug her shoulders. I followed the protocol and although unconvinced of stage one (following a cross-over) having challenged the occiput, the sacral notch - short leg side, both legs and then back to the beginning for another cross-over, I tried the sacral zones. When I got to the second sacral zone, the client told me she was experiencing an electrical current up and down her spine, which, after a few minutes went off. She asked could I make the contact again because she felt something most unusual was happening. One and a half hours later, on her insistence that I keep reconnecting with the same place, I let go of the point. In that hour and a half, the client (remember she is paralysed apart from neck and shoulders and her left index finger and thumb) had movement through her shoulders into her back pulling her arms back, her buttocks down both thighs and calves and into her feet. Her breathing went through the phases of motion, 1, 2 and 3. My own breathing was deeply affected and the individual who assisted me in moving the client, felt intense pain in his second sacral zone each time I adjusted. When the client was brought to upright, she cried (not a crier) and said she felt deeply calm and peaceful, the kind of release of endorphines that you get after a long run or vigorous exercise. Her body has not moved this much in almost a year. I have not seen any movement in her legs - whatsoever, in at least 6 months.”

I am reminded of the power of this work and the responsibility that practitioners hold in facilitating these changes. I emphasise that this is a very UNUSUAL situation, in terms of response and the length of time the contacts were held. ShinTai work aims for a gradual unfolding of stress patterns so that changes can be integrated into the system. The guidelines are to progress slowly with clients who show signs of deep compression or neurological condition, just a couple of contacts (few seconds to minutes), shorter treatments, watch carefully, take time, and be patient to facilitate new movements into the system in gradual increments. The effects of this unfolding can take several weeks/months to show up. This practitioner had all the best intentions and focus while working, and is continuing to monitor this client. A challenging experience for any practitioner and a good learning for us all.

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.

Shin Tai in Slovenia

Shiatsu Shin Tai in Slovenia

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.

multi-dimensional experience

The Strong Effect of Central Channel Release

by Hermann Grobbauer This is a picture report of a Central Channel treatment with a woman who comes regularly for treatment. The first time she came for shiatsu treatment, she was suffering from 30 years of migraines – often 3 times a week. She said to me later that she would need three sessions to trust this work (this was in 1996).  Since then she started with yoga-meditation, and also did some shiatsu trainings and shamanic studies with my teacher and me. She said her life changed a lot.  The migraines appear only sometimes and she handles them well.

In 2002 she got diagnosed with fibromyalgia. She started again with regular Shin Tai treatments, in addition to homeopathic treatments with her doctor.  Shiatsu Shin Tai always gives her release of the pain.

These photos were taken in June 2010.  She came with acute symptoms and had a lot of pain in her tissues.  I took the pictures, because I wanted to know if there would be a change of position with only central channel contacts.  After the treatment I showed her the photos.  She was very surprised. She thought her right side was up… I got her permission to use them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first two photos are when she laid down for her treatment.  She said she felt comfortable and 'straight' on the cushions.

The third photo is how she looked after a few central channel contacts, without me making any manual changes to her position

 

How Deep Can You Allow Yourself to Be Yourself?

by David Imhoof, Zurich, Switzerland Hello everyone.  Thank you for this possibility to write down and share my experience with that work!

Over the last weeks I have been treating (for the first time) two clients with Hemiparesis. It is interesting for me to witness, how quickly fascia starts moving, how meridians respond all along their way through the system very clearly, and how motion into RES 1 (phase of resonance) takes place over the treatment(s) through SHIN TAI and SHIASTU techniques (I have to adapt them to the the situaton what is another very interesting part of development for me). Today I wondered:   That at some level, those clients seem to enable movement in an easier way - in spite of their "disability". Some parts of the body with actually no conscious feeling actually is what starts reacting most in terms of motion in that part of the body, but also towards "starting the motor" running. Probably it is because I am giving those "yearning"-KYO-joints, -muscles, -bones, -meridians etc. the attention.

I asked myself again: How deep can you allow yourself to be yourself?

Some other clients seem to constantly not allow themselves to feel the sensations in- and connectedness to their body. But cut themselves off those possibilities, the moment new sensations start to popp up in a glimpse of a moment. "It might be not acurate..." At the other hand, how deep can I allow myself to let happen what happens? Staying in that neutral and clear focus of listening, without pushing or judging!? With patience. We really are growing as slowly as plants I guess. But a small step might also have a huge effect.

Since the "Teachers Training" I feel on some deep level more at ease with myself, trusting my work - my focus has eased down as well, without getting unpresent - and I realise; another kind of "understanding" is growing about "reading what is there." It is like an unspectacular beauty in a very spectacular way.

Let the Receiver's Body Do the Work

Shin Tai - Central Channel Shin Tai treatments have many pauses where the practitioner is watching and waiting.  The increased life force in the receiver's system is taking over the 'work' of the treatment.

Let the receiver's body do the work; encourage their body to do the work.  Their body knows best how to balance, adjust, and evolve.  When the receiver's body does the work it recovers its powers of self-healing, self-maintenance, and regeneration.

Saul Goodman

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