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Beginning I — Inner Strength/Outer Grace
Be natural... be reverent... be present... be continuous... use both hands. Students learn the fundamental principles of Ohashiatsu/Ohashi Method as they apply to bodywork and, more importantly, to every aspect of life. You’ll learn how to work from Hara: your center and your source of inner strength and calm. You’ll learn:
- how to feel the life force or Ki energy flow in the body;
- location of the meridians along the Back and Yang Legs
- some of the major tsubos (acupoints);
- Ohashiatsu movements and techniques in supine and prone positions
As you near the end of the course, you will experience enhanced sensitivity as well as increased body awareness and grace, and by the end of the course, you will know how to give a full-body session.
Beginning II — Five Elements
Learning the principles and philosophy in the first course gives you the "how" to work with energy meridians. The Beginning II course provides the "why" to work with specific meridians by introducing the Five Elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Our appearance, our habits, our likes and dislikes, our emotions and attitudes are examples of our effort to be in harmony with the Five Elements that are in Nature and within us at all times. You’ll learn:
- the Five Element Makko-ho stretches to open your own meridians and balance the Ki energy,
- the Bo and Yu points – diagnostic points on the front and back of the body – to help us determine which meridians most need to be brought back into balance
- techniques in side position
Intermediate I — Hara Analysis, Stretching
This course demonstrates why Ohashiatsu is the best modality for givers. You will learn new techniques using your arms, elbows and knees, which increase body balance and grace, and gives the palms and thumbs a much needed rest. Using knees in conjunction with forearms, elbows or the hands allows the giver to make more than two connections with the receiver, resulting in a nurtured feeling. This is where Ohashiatsu as meditation can begin to be experienced. You will be introduced to:
- oriental diagnostic areas of the body,
- the energy qualities of Kyo and Jitsu,
- the psychological/emotional aspects of meridian energy and how they relate to the Five Elements
Intermediate II — Physiology/Psychology & Meridian Extensions
You will be introduced to the Masunaga meridian extension system. Dr. Masunaga, a psychologist turned shiatsu practitioner and teacher, found that the psychological and emotional aspects of the meridians manifested themselves in other parts of the body than the traditional meridian system had shown. By learning the Masunaga meridian extensions, you will delve deeper into how physical situations can manifest in the emotions and psyche, and how unbalanced emotions can result in physical aches, pains and illness.
Advanced Course — New Techniques & Transitions
This course expands the Ohashiatsu curriculum while also focusing on the essentials of Ohashiatsu: the difference between homologous and homolateral movement; how to perfect cross-patterning movement; use of mother/messenger hands. You will learn to make minor and major transitions during a session: from supine to prone, from side to prone, etc. smoothly and effortless. Other techniques and theory to be covered are a review of Masunaga meridians; sit-up position; neck techniques with and without the use of a scarf; bo and yu points; the four shins of observation; and analysis of body structure using kyo and jitsu theory.
One class is reserved for a Practical Application seminar, in which students demonstrate their ability on guests and are evaluated by the instructor. The course includes a written examination and a tutorial with the instructor.