Course Descriptions

Shiatsu: Zen Mind, Yoga Bodywork prone, supine and side positions with emphasis on whole body, covering the 12 meridians, including treating stomach, back, shoulders, legs, neck and head (25-35 hrs)

Thai-Shiatsu: Yoga Bodywork Intensive–Whole Body Flow & Hara Assessment This full-body sequence focuses on treating the whole body in supine and side positions, covering the 12 ordinary meridians and introducing basic Hara assessment (25-30 hrs)

Thai Lower Body Intensive prone, supine, and side positions with primary emphasis on treating lower body, legs and back (25-35 hrs)

Thai Upper Body Intensive prone, supine, side, and seated positions, with primary emphasis on treating lower and upper back, shoulder, neck and head (25-35 hrs)

Assessment and Treatment in Thai-Shiatsu Bodywork: Level IV (minimum 28 contact hrs)

Upon completion of these courses, participants will be able to:

  • Cultivate presence and care in interviewing clients and in assessing symptoms, reading the body, and Hara assessment
  • Practice 20 to 30 minute protocols in prone, supine, side and seated positions, treating physical issues related to stomach, legs, back, arm, shoulder, neck and head issues
  • State fundamental benefits, contraindications and ethical practices
  • Adapt to, and care for, the client’s safety, comfort and psycho-emotional issues
  • Use body mechanics and adaptations to give without depleting oneself
  • Integrate a basic understanding of traditional Chinese medicine, yoga therapy, mind-body medicine and aspects of anatomy and physiology
  • Use Qigong to cultivate awareness and sensitivity to vital life force
  • Empower clients to to care for themselves

Assessment and Treatment in Thai-Shiatsu Bodywork: Level V (minimum 28 contact hrs)

Continues theory and treatment protocols of Assessment and Treatment IV, including hara assessment and advanced treatment. Primary coursework focuses on case studies, practica and continued practice with instructor, students and guests.

Intention of Assessment and Treatment Courses

Courses help therapists to empower clients. Designed for professionals and interested individuals, courses are organized to give Thai and Shiatsu bodywork practitioners an understanding of life-changing Asian bodywork and therapeutic protocols, based on traditional Chinese medicine, yoga therapy, Ayurveda, and mind-body medicine.

Prerequisites Courses continue the training provided in TSB basic coursework. Prerequisites to these courses include at least TSB Level I Certification or a good foundation in Asian bodywork.

Methods of Assessment and Treatment include offering breathing exercises (pranayama), deep relaxation and self inquiry (yoga nidra), and meditation — Insight (Vipassana) and Loving-kindness (Metta) meditation from the Thai tradition; Japanese Zen meditation; and Taoist Qigong, breath and movement meditation. Protocols include offering yoga poses and Qigong breathing techniques, as well as practices of intention, visualization, voice/sound (nada yoga), ritual, and self-inquiry.

Courses are grounded in Western anatomy and physiology and mind-body medicine, including insights into the importance of connective tissue in dealing with injuries and chronic health issues. Therapeutic postures examine yoga energy anatomy (prana, nadis, chakras, and koshas). Qigong offers a direct experience of the dynamic play of the Five Transformational Energies and the interaction of yin and yang to create the circulation of life force (Qi in Chinese, Ki in Japanese and Prana in Sanskrit) along the energy pathways (meridians in TCM, sen lines in Thai massage, nadis in yoga).

Case studies examine common problems and protocols: presenting symptoms, posture and life style, diet, sleep, and support systems. Initial intake progresses from reading the body to hara assessment.