Course: Introduction to
Japanese massage Shiatsu
SaM, Havlíčková 15, Plzeň
Time: Tuesdays 10:00 - 11:30
6 weeks: 3.4., 10.4., 17.4., 24.4., 15.5., 22.5.
Price: 1 500,- Kč
1 200,- Kč for yoga teachers, dance teachers, professional actors, masseurs,
and holders of a Shintaido ČR subscription. Two people who register together
pay the discount price 2 400,- Kč.
Shiatsu (Jap.指圧, literally "finger pressure") is a
Japanese style of therapeutic massage that is done fully clothed, using no oils
or lotions. In Shiatsu we use precisely-applied pressure of the thumbs,
fingers, palms and sometimes elbows to improve circulation and deep relaxation.
Deep relaxation has many proven health benefits such as
- Lowering blood pressure
- Improving digestion
- Reducing chronic pain
- Improving concentration and mood
- Improving sleep
- Boosting confidence to handle problems
Shiatsu is based on the ancient principles of
traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine, and you can learn effective
health-maintenance techniques through Shiatsu without necessarily delving into
the details of the Five Elements Theory, the meridians and their functions, or
the hundreds of acupressure points on the human body. This way of learning is
very intuitive and literally hands-on.
Learning to give a Shiatsu massage also has benefits.
When you learn to give massage properly, you also become aware of how to
improve your own alignment, posture, and breathing, and how to position
yourself to apply pressure effectively. Much like Judo, Shiatsu is about using
the minimum effort to achieve the greatest effect. One of the common misconceptions
about massage is that you need to have strong hands. In Shiatsu, the natural
strength of your whole body working harmoniously is what produces the
beneficial effect of the massage. Therefore learning massage also includes some
holistic physical conditioning exercises.
What you will learn in this 6-week course:
• basics of giving a massage: posture, breathing,
body mechanics, how to manipulate and position the client comfortably
• 12-meridian stretching sequence (a kind of
simplified Japanese yoga) to tone your body before practicing massage
• hip- and leg-strengthening exercises from
Shintaido, a modern Japanese exercise and training system
• a few important acupressure points for general
health and self-massage
simple full-body massage sequence (part 1)
on the shoulders, back, legs, and feet (the backside of the body from
the shoulders down), which you will be able to practice with friends, your
partner, etc. - you will make them very happy!
Format of the class:
• Simple stretching exercises together to warm-up
and prepare the body for massage
• Demonstration of massage techniques, body
positioning, and mechanics
• Practice doing massage with a partner
• Exchange roles and practice receiving massage
• Short explanation of relevant theories from
traditional Chinese/Japanese medicine
Questions and feedback
What to bring:
• Comfortable clothes for exercise and massage
• Drink, snack
• Notebook and pen for writing notes
The course fee includes printed materials and
online access to additional resources. We'll use a textbook by Paul Lundberg.
There are many styles of Shiatsu. This is a textbook about the same style of
Shiatsu (Masunaga style) that the David Franklin) studied. https://www.databazeknih.cz/knihy/nova-kniha-shiatsu-umenim-dotyku-ke-zdravi-a-vitalite-156368
Working with other people:
You may register for the course together with a
friend or partner, but anyway you should expect to give and receive massage
from everybody who participates in the course.