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Interested in Shiatsu? Check Out This Exciting and Innovative Form: Flying HeartMind Shiatsu

09 Jan 2015


Many people have probably heard of shiatsu, even if they’re not very familiar with it and how it may differ from other forms of bodywork.  But even those ‘in the know’ on shiatsu may learn something at our April 17-19, 2015 workshop on Flying HeartMind Shiatsu with Matthew Sweigart.  Along with the Minnesota chapter of the AOBTA, we’re really excited to host Michael at our Minneapolis massage school to teach this exciting technique for the first time in our area.  If you’re a current Asian Bodywork or Shiatsu student or professional, this class is for you!

What is Flying HeartMind Shiatsu?

flying-promo-gray-300x134Matthew Sweigart is a bodywork professional who not only offers but teaches three therapeutic bodywork techniques under the banner of HeartMind Bodywork.  These modalities are: HeartMind Shiatsu, HeartMind Meridian Qigong and Flying HeartMind Shiatsu, and all are of Japanese origin, based on the philosophy of mind/body/soul wholism.  Rather than a structure, the body is viewed as something that can be nurtured so that it flourishes.  And unlike many massage modalities, these techniques are practiced upon a fully-clothed individual without the use of oils or lotions, and with minimal to no bare skin contact. 

Shiatsu can be thought of as ‘acupuncture without needles,’ as works with the same meridians and energy pathways.  HeartMind Shiatsu, while based in ancient Japanese practices, has arisen out of the skills and contributions of a 20th-century master in the field, Shizuto Masunaga, also incorporates modern insights as well as influences of indigenous American cultures.  Matthew has studied with Masunaga’s disciples, including Master Wataru Ohashi (author of Do-It-Yourself Shiatsu). 

Flying HeartMind Shiatsu puts a twist on traditional shiatsu, as it incorporates leveraged lifts and flowing motions.  “This flying free liberates the spirit,” says Matthew.  He has been teaching this technique for over 20 years, and his tips and methods will be beneficial for both the practitioner and the recipient.  Its purpose is to both activate and harmonize the body’s own energy forces, or Qi. 

CenterPoint is excited to present this 15-hour workshop.  Course has been rescheduled to April 17-19, 2015; register by March 27th.  For course details and registration information, click here. 

Call us today at 952-562-5200!