EAST MEETS WEST
The Shiatsu style founded by Shizuto Masunaga is known as Zen Shiatsu. Masunaga was a Shiatsu therapist and professor of western psychology in Tokyo.
To develop his Zen Shiatsu therapy, Masunaga combined elements of Shiatsu and the Taoist roots of Chinese medicine with Western psychology, physiology and philosophical thoughts of Zen Buddhism – as well as his experiences from countless Shiatsu treatments. Masunaga also expanded the Chinese meridian system. Learn more about the individual “Masunaga Meridians” and Masunaga’s theoretical framework for his Zen Shiatsu therapy
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Masunaga wrote two books about the theory and practical application of Shiatsu. “Zen Shiatsu: How to Harmonize Yin and Yang for Better Health” and “Meridian Exercises”, in which he introduces yoga-like exercises that specifically stimulate and harmonize the flow of energy in the meridians and organs. These exercises are also known as Makko Ho Exercises.
The most comprehensive shiatsu book today is by Carola Beresford – Cooke “Shiatsu Theory and Practice”.
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of your own being!