The Foundations of Shiatsu

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North Atlantic Books, 2007 - Health & Fitness - 192 pages
Shiatsu works by stimulating the body's vital energy flow in order to promote good health. The practitioner uses palms, thumbs and fingers, elbows, and even knees and feet to apply pressure and stretching to the energy lines or “meridians.” This text written by a renowned practitioner, has been designed as a comprehensive guide to the basic principles and methods of this practical healing art. The book provides a description of how and why shiatsu works and the ways in which to apply it. A straightforward explanation of the basics underlying shiatsu forms the starting point, followed by detailed advice on how the practitioner or student can prepare both body and mind for giving shiatsu. A discussion of the principles of applying techniques leads into practical, step-by-step instruction on a wide range of technique sequences, all accompanied by clear, explanatory line drawings and color photographs. These help beginners maximize their understanding of how to relieve stress and promote well-being through shiatsu.

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Preparing to Give Shiatsu
Applying Shiatsu Technique
Prone Sequence
Supine Sequence
Side Sequence
Sitting Sequence

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About the author (2007)

Chris Jarmey, MCSP, DS, MRSS, is the course director and principal of the European Shiatsu School, which he founded in 1985. He has served several terms as the education officer, medical liaison officer, and assessment panel member for the Shiatsu Society. He has specialist skills in therapeutic Eastern and Western exercise, and has been practicing and teaching shiatsu, yoga, and qigong for over 35 years.

Jarmey is the author of several successful books including The Concise Book of Muscles, The Atlas of Musculo-skeletal Anatomy, The Concise Book of the Moving Body, The Theory and Practice of Taiji Qigong, Acupressure for Common Ailments, and The Book of Meditation. His book Shiatsu: The Complete Guide is currently the leading reference book for shiatsu students and therapists.

Jarmey teaches body mechanics, bodywork therapy, and anatomy extensively throughout Europe, and currently runs a bodywork therapy practice in Marlborough, Wiltshire, UK.

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