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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...

Medical Qi Gong

Qigong (or ch'i kung) is an internal Chinese meditative practice which often uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of qi within the human body, and enhance a practitioner's overall health. There are more than 10,000 styles of qigong and 200 million people practicing these methods. There are three main reasons why people do qigong: 1) To gain strength, improve health or reverse a disease 2) To gain skill working with qi, so as to become a healer 3) To become more connected with the "Tao, God, True Source, Great Spirit", for a more meaningful connection with nature and the universe. In its simplest form, the Chinese character for qi, in qigong, can mean air, breath, or "life force". Gong means...

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is believed to have been practiced in China for about 5000 years. According to Oriental Medical theory there are meridians or rivers of energy that is circulating throughout the body, feeding and nourishing the tissues and organs along their pathways. If the energy is deficient, excessive or stagnant in the meridians, then their corresponding organs and body parts can become diseased or function poorly.  There are about 365 main acupuncture points on the surface of the body. Manipulation of the energy at these points can influence the energy flow in the meridians. Acupuncture using very thin stainless steel needles inserted into the skin and muscles is very effective to rebalance energy flow in the body. Surprisingly the needles are quite painless, they are so...