The Six Forms of Touch is a system of training that emphasises the WAY in which you contact a person rather than the techniques or meridians you choose to work with. The forms of touch are not treatment techniques. By this I mean that they are not techniques to be used when there is an imbalance in a particular area. Instead they describe six different dimensions of therapeutic contact and a good therapist will be using all of them. However, if there is an imbalance in one aspect of a person’s energy, then one should be clear that your contact with the client includes the form of touch associated with it.
Instead of seeing disability as a problem, Movement Shiatsu views the way in which people use their bodies as their successful ability. Starting from ability gives the client a sense of empowerment and allow them to explore and challenge themselves without being a victim to their condition.
This article explores how Movement Shiatsu views Kyo and Jitsu. The original Chinese or Japanese characters for these words have a much deeper meaning than the simple translations of Empty and Full. The article shows how the deep meanings change the approach to treatment.
The model underlying Movement Shiatsu is that each part of the body is an autonomous agent, like a little person. This attitude changes the way in which you touch and helps each part of the body to speak in the first person, expressing what it needs in a very precise way. Bodywork can be seen as group therapy for the body.
Energy needs to be embodied before change takes place. Sometimes working with meridians is not enough to help someone to embody their energy. This article describes how Experiential Anatomy can be used to help.
This article introduces a method of training for ageing people, which can be started before old age, which develops three Yin capacities: Radiance, Equanimity and Benevolence. These capacities are aspects of the Tai Yin, Shao Yin and Jue Yin energies and do not decline with age. With their development, the ageing person not only is rescued from many of the physical conditions of old age but also grows into a state which is still valued, still useful and still attractive to other people.
Babies learn to inhabit their bodies and at the same time develop consciousness. So the physical development provides the foundation for emotional and mental experience. This interview describes the historical development of Movement Shiatsu as an exploration of the body-mind connection.
Another case history which describes the process of Movement Shiatsu working on something which would normally be the province of psychotherapy. This case history also explains the principles behind the work and is the first time I gave a satisifactory answer to the question ‘What is Energy?’