Articles in English

By Bill Palmer

The Six Forms of Touch
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.


Movement Shiatsu and Disability
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.


The Anatomy of the Self
A description of the Three Burners and how they are related to the aspects of the Self described by psychotherapy.


The Tiger in the Grove
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.


Muscles Have Feelings Too
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.


Body Buddhism
Shiatsu as a way of Personal Development


Riding the Will
The Development of the Tai Yang and Shao Yin


Embodiment of Energy
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.


Working With Elders
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.


Body, Mind and Energy
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.


The Six Combined Channels
The Six Channels are maps of whole body coordination. Each channel is made up of two meridians but they perform an holistic function that is greater than the sum of their parts.


Health is a Dirty Word
How concepts such as balance and health can actually interrupt the process of an individual therapy


The Six Divisions and the Gestalt Cycle
How the Six Divisions represent dynamics in the personality as well as the physical movement development


Working with a Family with Cerebral Palsy
A case history about working with a child with cerebral palsy, and thence working with the parents as well


Movement Shiatsu as Developmental Process
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?’


Energy and Qi
A review of the scientific research into biological organisation and it’s reflection on the oriental idea of Qi


Kyo and Jitsu
A look at the etymology of these much used words and a deeper look at their meaning


Experiential Shiatsu
What does Experiential Work mean and how can it enliven and enrich Shiatsu and teaching.


The Sadist on Honeymoon
An exploration of the role of the Liver Energy in therapy and an explanation of the HUN


What is Movement Shiatsu
An old article published in the describing Movement Shiatsu


Movement Shiatsu by Henry McGrath
A graduate’s view of Movement Shiatsu training