Names in Shiatsu

Here is info on some prominent names in Shiatsu.

DoAnn Kaneko

“Dr. Kaneko was born and raised in Japan.  He is a graduate of: Saint Paul Rikkyo University (1970), Toyo Acupuncture College (1979), and SAMRA University & Health Sciences (1985).  He is a second generation practitioner of his family’s traditional healing art practice: Anma Massage (Meridian Anma) and acupuncture.”

SHIATSU ANMA THERAPY: DoAnn’s Short & Long Forms (Paperback)

The Bamboo Princess and the Music Hands Man: Based on the Bamboo Cutter’s Tale

Tokujiro Namikoshi (1905-2000)

founded the Japan Shiatsu College in 1940 and systematised a form of shiatsu therapy based on Western anatomy and physiology. In Japan, Namikoshi’s system enjoys special legal status, and its adherents often credit him with the development of shiatsu; the story is told that at age seven, Tokujiro Namikoshi developed a technique of pressing with his thumbs and palms as he tried to nurse his mother who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.”

 Shiatsu by Tokujiro Namikoshi

Shizuto Masunaga (1925-1981)

was a Japanese Shiatsu practitioner and author of books on Shiatsu. He was born in 1925 in Kure, Hiroshima Japan and graduated in Psychology from Kyoto University. In 1959, he graduated from the Japan Shiatsu College and went on to teach Psychology at the college. He is the author of Shiatsu which became Zen Shiatsu when translated into English and published in North America and Europe in 1977. He also wrote several other Shiatsu books. He died at the age of 57 in 1981.”

Zen Shiatsu: How to Harmonize Yin and Yang for Better Health

Kiyoshi Kato

“SEITAI SHIATSU – This specialized form of Japanese massage was developed over the last four decades by Master Kiyoshi Kato. It is practiced in residential treatment centers in Osaka, Japan and has a distinctly medical emphasis. While “Shiatsu” means “finger pressure,” “Seitai” itself means “whole body.” This form of Shiatsu involves rubbing the entire body. Rubbing is used 80% of the time, and pressure 20% of the time. In a logical sequence, all body areas are treated to stimulate the circulation of blood and lymph, relax the body, mobilize the spine, and enhance organ function. The Seitai form includes ampuku therapy and hara (abdominal) diagnosis.”

See Seitai Shiatsu – Japanese Therapeutic Bodywork by Richard Gold

Wataru Ohashi  (b. 1944)

“More than traditional acupressure massage and shiatsu, Ohashi’s nurturing touch techniques are an alternative health maintenance choice for people who want to learn how to achieve more energy, while also relieving tension, stress, and illness.”

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