Dutch School for Classical Shiatsu 

 Dutch School for  Classical Shiatsu    

  Institute for Oriental Therapy studies 



The first year is taught by Anushka Hofman and this year forms the basis for the upcoming therapist. In this year the foundation is laid for the professional practice. The student becomes familiar with the basic techniques and principles of Shiatsu and Do-In.


Do-In is inherent to Shiatsu. The following will be taught, among other topics:

Breathing techniques with the use of Chi-Kung exercises (iron shirt style) 

Stretching of the 12 meridians with accompanying explanations

Partner exercises for awareness and stretching of the meridians with diagnostics, and examples of imbalances within the meridian system.

Exercises for the preparation of the body to enable performance of the treatment

Development of “Ki” through concentration, meditation and moving meditation exercises with explanation of the most important factors and exercises applicable to the upcoming therapist

This encompasses the use of all the basic techniques. The focus is on the quality of the touch. The following will be discussed, among other topics:

·         Correct use of fingers, thumbs, hands, elbows, knees and feet                                  

·         The cooperation and connection between the two hands, the ‘yin’ as supporting/ mother hand
          and ‘yang’ as the active hand                                                                        

·         The katas: correct postures for practising Shiatsu with a person in the front lying position, back
          lying position, sitting position, and side lying position. The focus is on the breathing, the
          relaxation of the body and the use of one’s own bodyweight for the correct amount of

·         The feeling and experiencing of “Ki”                                                                   

·         Meridian stretching to activate specific meridians                                             

·         The application of Shiatsu in correspondence with the day, time, season, and theory of the five

·         Learning to understand en feel KYO (empty) and JITSU (full) with the hands        

·         Introduction to the 4 “SHINS”: Bo-Shin: Observation, Bun-Shin: Listening, Mon-Shin: Conversation
          and analysis, Setsu-Shin: Touching and feeling


The theoretical aspect encompasses the philosophy and basic principles of Traditional Oriental medicine. The following is discussed, among other topics:

·        The concept of yin and yang and their meaning and applicability in relation to Shiatsu and Do-In                       

·        The concept of ‘Hara’ and it’s role as the center of the body, the center of gravity and furthermore the power source of the body

·        The concept of “Ki”, and it’s physical and psychological meaning                                

·        A proper understanding of the relationship between oriental and western interpretations of both physiological as psychological syndromes                    ·        Introduction to diagnostics: facial diagnostic, tongue, voice and breathing

Programme of the weekends                                                                                       
The programme of the weekends follows a fixed order:

1st weekend
Disciplined Katas for the backside of the body in the front lying position

2nd weekend
Disciplined Katas for the front and back side of the body, respectively in the back lying position and the front lying position

3rd weekend
Disciplined Katas for the front side of the body in the back lying position

4th weekend
Disciplined Katas for the front side of the body in the back lying position

5th weekend
Disciplined Katas for the body in the sitting position

6th weekend
Disciplined Katas for the body in the side lying position

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