Ryōhō Shiatsu


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What is Shiatsu?

When people feel pain or discomfort, they instinctively touch the painful area in order to relieve themselves. This instinctive gesture was developed into an art form in Asia through massage and digitopression. Subsequently, Chinese medicine demonstrated the interaction between meridian energy and the physical body. Created in Japan, Shiatsu (which means “finger pressure”) is the combination of these two approaches, instinctive and theoretical, technical and energetic. This manual technique was recognised as one of the most worthy of interest by the European Commission in 1997. It has also been an official medicine in Japan since 1964.

Latest articles

The Hirata Zones and Shiatsu

The Hirata Zones and Shiatsu

While many Shiatsu practitioners like to use meridians and moxibustion to support their treatment, few are familiar with Dr Hirata's zones and Ontake method of using moxas with pieces of bamboo. We've already written about the life of Dr Hirata on this blog, a genius...

In memory of Akinobu Kishi (1949-2012)

In memory of Akinobu Kishi (1949-2012)

Where did I end up there? All around me howls and screams, people rolled likecarpets across the floor, thrashing, shaking, plus a hell of a racket - in other words: pure chaos, mayhem! Was I perhaps too naive when I registered for a Sei-Ki workshop with Kishi in the...

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    Learn Ryōhō Shiatsu

    Ryōhō Shiatsu is a style of Shiatsu which originated in the martial arts branch, the two founders being long-standing martial arts practitioners. Its study integrates all the dimensions of shiatsu, namely :

    • Mechanical shiatsu (relaxation and osteo-articular mobilisation)
    • Energetic shiatsu (meridians, families and combinations of points)
    • Therapeutic shiatsu (pathologies, pulse taking, oriental diagnosis)
    • Personal development (self-shiatsu, feeling work, meditation, qi gong, etc.)
    • Western medicine (anatomy, physiology, ethics, hygiene, pathology)
    • Oriental medicine (theories, energetic physiology, visceral psychology, moxibustion)

    To study this style, all you have to do is go to one of its schools.