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Zen Shiatsu

In 1988 I studied and became a practitioner of Zen Shiatsu after studying with David Sergel in Boston. This method of body work was developed by Shizuto Masunaga of Japan. Zen Shiatsu, also known as Masunaga Therapy, is a form of meridian shiatsu. A difference between Masunaga's Zen shiatsu and earlier forms of shiatsu is that Zen Shiatsu uses not only thumbs and palms but also fists, elbows, and knees. Often the massage table is folded down the ground so the body weight of the practitioner can be use in the pressure. The primary precept of Zen Shiatsu is the importance of remaining in a Zen-like, present state when practicing shiatsu; nourishing weak , deficient or kyo areas and dispersing excess, tight or...