Hara Shiatsu Therapy One of the Most Ancient Forms of Traditional Chinese Medicine has Only now Been Recognised by a UK Shiatsu Society

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The Zen Shiatsu School protocol for Hara Shiatsu Therapists has been recognised by the Zen Shiatsu Society, the first step in recognition by the General Shiatsu Council.

Hara Shiatsu Therapy was first introduced to the West by the Taoist Master Mantak Chia under the name of Chi Nei Tsang and evolved into its present form at the Zen School of Shiatsu. Master of the Zen School Kris Deva North wrote the protocol so that Hara Shiatsu could be recognized by the shiatsu governing body, validating recognition of Hara Shiatsu Therapists.

Hara Shiatsu Therapy works with the energy-flow of five major systems: energy-meridian, fasciae-tendon-muscular, nervous, vascular and lymphatic.

The navel area, the centre where all systems meet, connects - or separates - our upper and lower parts, left and right, front and back, inner and outer, mind and body. Here we feel our emotions, the causes of internal blockage and distortions, which often manifest as symptoms elsewhere. Many recipients of Hara Shiatsu have reported relief of some of these symptoms.

Hara Shiatsu Therapists share much of the theory with other forms of Shiatsu but with the addition of the Theory of Winds, a concept of Traditional Chinese medicine.

Energy blockages arising from organ obstructions and congestion in the abdomen can result in knots and tangles at the centre of the body's vital functions, impeding the flow of Qi, the life-force or bioelectromagnetic field described by Deepak Chopra as energy-intelligence. Emotions such as fear, anger, anxiety, depression and worry are related to different organs. When the Qi of an internal organ is in a state of imbalance, it emanates toxic wind. Diagnosing the energetic condition, the Hara Shiatsu Therapist uses intention and touch to influence Qi and "chase the winds."

Wind is an energetic vibration which, whether toxic or the vital source of life, enters the being through the "mountains," which include the pointed bones of the nose, coccyx, fingers, toes, knees and elbows. Winds drain out through "marshes" such as the anus, vagina, eye of the penis, pores of the skin, mouth, armpits, backs of knees and front of elbows. The mouth, navel, palm, sole and perineum are among the two-way conduits. Hara Shiatsu Therapists disperse or direct winds through marsh or mountain, often using supplementary meridians or points.

When obstructed the internal organs store unhealthy energies that can overflow into other systems and manifest as negative emotions and sickness. In search of an outlet these toxic energies create a cycle of negativity and stress, festering in the organs and overflowing into the abdomen, the body's garbage dump. The energetic centre of the body at the navel becomes congested and seem cut off from the rest of the body.

Hara Shiatsu Therapist training is in four parts:

Specialist Training

Self Development

Theoretical Learning

Practical Application

Accreditation of Prior Learning:

Recognized Diploma in Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Acupressure or Tuina, gives exemption from Classical Oriental Medicine modules of Theoretical Learning (i.e. non-specialist training)

Hara Shiatsu Training Courses and Classes for Therapists are offered at the Zen School of Shiatsu:

and London Healing Tao Center:


A list of qualified Hara Shiatsu Therapists in Chi Nei Tsang can be seen here:


The full protocol is here:



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