HeartMind Bodywork is pleased to be participating in Yoga Rocks the Park each Saturday on the Boulder Library lawn during the month of June. Stop by between 9am and noon to learn more about our programs and to experience HeartMind Shiatsu free of charge.
The specific dates are: June 9, 16, 23 and 30. Join us for a fun morning of yoga, music, and bodywork!
In Five Elements, Organ Networks students deepen their understanding of Organ Network energies, particularly focusing on the nature of yin and yang and excess and deficient patterns in great detail the psycho-physical realm. Leon Hammer’s seminal work, Dragon Rises, Redbird Flies, provides the springboard for the study and treatment of the signs and symptoms of life energy patterns in body, mind and spirit. Students learn to discern between Yin Deficiency and Yang Excess, Yang Deficiency and Yin Excess and how these patterns of disharmony manifest and how they might best be treated to restore balance and harmony to the entire system. Of particular interest is the process of development and maturation over time, the recognition of enduring patterns, and the choices we have to shift to new and more powerful ways of being in the world. Students apply these principles to their own life, and by extension discover how they can use these powerful insights to assist clients in the treatment room.
In this level, students learn the rich and detailed tapestry of human wellness through an in-depth study of Etiology, the discernment of External Pernicious Influences, the Internal Endogenous Causes of Dis-ease, and the Five Fundamental Substances and Spiritual Essensces. These topics are covered through a lively combination of guided meditation, selected readings, lecture and discussion. In addition, tongue and pulse Assessment are introduced as tools for discernment of signs and symptoms. Practical discovery of the various patterns and etiologies as well as effective clinical strategies for treatment are explored. Much time is given to Supervised Clinical Practice throughout this level leading to a refinement of skill and increasing treatment room confidence.
Students deepen their work with the Masunaga Zen Shiatsu method through study of the Meridian Extensions and Six Divisions of Yin and Yang in body, mind and spirit. We explore the various manifestations of yin and yang, especially as expressed through Temperament and Personality. Yin Yang theory is creatively descibes the changes and transformations that occur in any natural system throughout time and space The recognition of the stages of transformation in any living system leads to deep and powerful insights into health and balance. By understanding the interactive dynamics of Yin Yang and the Five Elements, students learn to treat deficiencies or excesses in any element through any other element as a function of Creation and Control Cycle dynamics. In this class, we explore the application of this transformational theory to both the physical and psycho-spiritual body. Masunaga Meridian Extensions, Eight Temperaments theory of Yves Requena and Five Element Creation and Control Cycle theories inspire and inform our study and practice.
Incorporating the content of the previous three levels, students embrace a total overview of the body/mind/spirit energy to effectively meet clinical challenges that may arise in their practice. Additional tools of Extraordinary Vessel Theory along with extensive Clinical Supervision and Discussion bring students to the place where they can confidently integrate HeartMind Shiatsu services in a professional clinical setting. With successful completion of this level students earn a certificate of satisfactory completion of the HeartMind Shiatsu Basic Training.
Building upon the content of 101 students now learn the Theory of the Five Elements and how they manifest through the organ networks to enliven body/mind/spirit. The traditional correspondences of the Elements are the cornerstone of the course, grounding students in the basic attributes of each of the Five Elements and how they express themselves in Nature and in Humanity. Students begin to discern the signs and symptoms of each of the Elements, and in this way, begin to practice the art of creating treatment plans tailor made to the specific needs of each client. Yoga-inspired Meridian Stretch Exercises are practiced as both a tool of treatment and assessment, and traditional shu point assessment methods will be introduced.
In this final course of the Advanced Training, Students review the entire training. Refinement of all technique, theory and practical clinical applications of HeartMind Shiatsu are the focus, concluding with a final comprehensive written exam. Students are encouraged to step into a full, embodied expression of the method, demonstrate an ability to hold space and give effective treatments to meet the myriad conditions that clients bring into the modern clinical setting. The three layers of health; Reflexive, Conditioned and Constitutional are explored as a context for understanding how to facilitate extraordinary healing in the treatment room. A brief introduction to Graduate studies, and Constitutional Healing through the Extraordinary Vessel treatments as taught in the Classical Chinese Medicine interpretations of Jeffrey Yuen complete the training. A Graduation Ceremony, acknowledging student accomplishments, grants a certificate of Satisfactory Completion of the HeartMind Shiatsu Advanced Training.
2 Upcoming Courses
Taoveda Qigong~In this workshop, Matthew will guide participants in the Taoveda Meridian Qigong form.Participants will experience the vibrant medicine wheel of Meridian Channels, gaining valuable insight forpersonal and professional healing practice. Taoveda Qigong is excellent for client education with accessible,functional and inspirational stimulation of Meridian Energy Flow in a daily exercise format. In cultivatingMeridian Qi through Taoveda Qigong all systems of Body, HeartMind and Spirit can be purified, nourished andenergized.
Flying HeartMind Shiatsu~Interactive, engaging, and uplifting! Enjoy atasty bite of Flying HeartMind Shiatsu with a delicious serving of movement,contact, deep stretches and leveraged lifts, practiced in a traditional floorbased bodywork forum. These elegant moves can even elevate the receiverentirely off the floor to grant a feeling of total surrender. Matthew createdthese Flying techniques in clinical practice, and they serve to have aprofound effect on the extraordinaryvessel system.
In this workshop students will learn the foundations of the Flying HeartMind
Shiatsu techniques. Leveraged lifts and supported stretches release accumulated
energy patterns in a delightful and dynamic way.
• Life Energy manifestations in Body, Mind and Spirit
• Dynamic stretches and movements
In this workshop, students are introduced to the HeartMind Shiastu method,
adapted to be given on a standard massage table. Life energy meridian and specific
points are learned and practiced for effective incorporation in any massage practice.
• Prone and Supine approaches
• Specific point combinations
• Proper body mechanics for Shiatsu on the Table
• Stretches and Qi transmission methods
In this class we introduce the application of HeartMind Shiatsu principles and techniques in chair massage. Shiatsu literally means “finger pressure”. The art of HeartMind Shiatsu brings heartfelt presence, ease, concentration and energetic mindfulness to our bodywork practice. Participants will be introduced to the basics of the HeartMind Shiatsu Two-Hand Technique, meridian line stretching, and acu-point stimulation while working with a client seated in a massage chair.
• Addressing the meridian lines of the upper body
• Upper back, shoulder, arm and hand acu-points
• Neck and head acu-points for pain relief
• Proper body mechanics for HeartMind Shiatsu in a chair