In the HeartMind style of Shiatsu we link graceful, coordinated bodywork practice with powerful and conscious cultivation of HeartMind understanding. We slow down and listen in to the wisdom of the heart.
HeartMind Shiatsu Professional Training is perfect for the person seeking to build a fulfilling career in the healing arts. This comprehensive 500 hour career training meets all national standards for the professional practice of Asian Bodywork Therapy. Founded in the profound and effective holistic disciplines of Classical Chinese Medicine and Traditional Japanese Floor-based Bodywork Therapy, HeartMind Shiatsu is a powerful approach to healing a variety of modern conditions.
This engaging one-on-one private coaching session is your gateway to a career in the Healing Arts. Our expert faculty provide you with a powerful consultation on your dreams and goals, and explore how the HeartMind Shiatsu training could be right for you.
What We Offer
To create health and harmony in community through teaching timeless holistic healing philosophy, healing touch, movement and life energy cultivation.
To awaken the energy of timeless wisdom traditions, to cultivate a way of being, in a wholesome lifestyle, that enables you to tap into the abundant healing energy of the universe.
To heal the many wounds of time and circumstance and support each student on a journey to their own wholeness. To help you to “Stand like a mountain, and flow like a river” in all aspects of life. And to teach you how to help others do the same.
“The energy that keeps the earth orbiting the sun, and the moon orbiting the earth, and all the growing things to live and thrive on this amazing blue/green planet, is the very energy that can heal your life, and all those whom you touch with healing grace.”
HeartMind Shiatsu is a community of learners dedicated to increasing the presence of positive contact and healthy interaction for personal growth and fulfillment. We hold a strong commitment to cultivating unconditional love, non-judgement and non-attachment. We create a community in which the healing of old wounds may flourish, through deep acceptance and holding sacred space for true, full and honest personal expression in a non-shaming, empowering environment.
We realize that this is a journey, and each of us is on our path to deeper and fuller ability to live from a place of healing whole-heartedness. We release the bonds of shaming and blaming, cultivate the five freedoms of perception, thought, feeling, wants and choice, so that each person in our community is recognized for the sovereign and unique being that they are. When people enter into our circle of growth and cultivation they find a home that they have been dreaming of, waiting for, imagining could be. Each person is supported not just in cultivating their ability to heal others, but truly discovering the tools that will help them heal themselves.
This is the path of the healer, to consistently commit to this deepening of wisdom connection. To draw from the classics, to be inspired by the masters who have preserved the healing traditions through the generations. At HeartMind Shiatsu we look to the classics of ancient Chinese medicine as our main framework of study, and learn to discern the patterns of natural qi energy flow that connect us all to the primordial ground of being.
We know that we are ever and always connected in breath to the great flow of life. As such, we transcend anything that could be called ethnic. This is not Chinese medicine. This is human medicine. And it comes alive in each of us on our human walk, and our willingness to awaken in each moment to all that our experience has to reveal.
In this great endeavor, we follow the three pillars of practice. 1. To practice. 2. To gain experience. 3. To awaken to insight. From our practice we gain experience. From our experience we awaken to insights. And we take our insights back into our practice. From there we gain more, and ever deepening experience. And more and more layers of insight reveal themselves to us, as we continue.
A word of caution from the teachers of the wisdom tradition.
“Better never to get started! Once started, better finish!”
If you choose to get started, the HeartMind culture is here to support you as you continue, and help you to finish in a good way with power, grace and beauty in your healing touch!
The HeartMind Shiatsu training journey is a deep dive into embracing the path toward developing skillful means as an Asian Bodywork Therapist. Our training meets and exceeds the national standards set by the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia. Our exceptional curriculum spans 18 months, and allows the time and space for you to mature into the discipline and practice and for it to yield its bountiful blessings as you flower into a skilled therapist.
In HeartMind Shiatsu we help you to cultivate the healer within, so that you may realize through honest endeavor to gain a skill set that will serve you for life. This is true vocational career education that can build within you the healer’s heartmind, that you may embody this healing practice in your every day life, and shine the light of holistic health high for all to benefit. Full descriptions of our training lie in the many pages of this site, and you are invited to enter in with us, to the profound realm of the high healing arts.
HeartMind Shiatsu Professional Training is perfect for the person seeking to build a fulfilling career in the healing arts. This comprehensive 500 hour career training meets all national standards for the professional practice of Asian Bodywork Therapy.
This excerpt from the HeartMind Bodywork Harmonizing Heaven and Earth DVD demonstrates for you the foundation exercise sequence known as the Meridian Stretch Exercises. These exercises were developed by Iokai Shiatsu Master Shinto Masunaga from a Japanese system known as the Makka Ho, or “Look Straight Ahead” Exercises. Six sequences flow gracefully together in an entire set that stimulates and balances the energies of the twelve primary meridian channels.
The beautiful Bodywork Bistro Living Arts Center at 3825 Iris St. in north Boulder, CO features a beautiful movement studio with stunning views of the flatirons and the front range of the Rocky Mountains. Our monthly trainings, student clinics, and various complimentary workshops are offered here, giving our students access to deep healing and comprehensive professional training, with all the amenities of a modern and progressive city close at hand.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes the HeartMind Shiatsu training distinct from other Shiatsu trainings?
A robust and joyous style of energetic bodywork, HeartMind Shiatsu brings extensive self-exploration to the forefront of the practice. Matthew Sweigart, author of Pathways of Qi and Touching Ki, and a Master of Asian Bodywork Therapy, was a long time student and senior Instructor of the Ohashi Institute, with more than 30 years clinical and classroom experience. He developed the HeartMind Shiatsu stylistic approach by innovating from the core teachings of the Ohashiatsu® floor-based technique, combined with the powerful and inspiring concepts of Classical Chinese Medicine on a foundation of the Masunaga Zen Shiatsu Kyo/Jitsu, Mother/Messenger Hand bodywork approach. Qigong movement, enhanced therapeutic relationship support and deep personal cultivation highlight the HeartMind Shiatsu training. In the United States there are more than 10 styles of Shiatsu recognized by the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®). Each of the various styles have their own differentiations of focus in theory and practice, primarily derived from the unique contributions of Master teachers that distinguished themselves in clinical practice. With a quick survey of the AOBTA.org you can explore the various recognized styles.
What kind of people study HeartMind Shiatsu?
Students who enjoy the HeartMind Shiatsu training come from all walks of life, but generally share a deep care and concern to make the world a better place. Compassion, care, and loving intention to support, serve and ease the suffering of humanity is at the core of their reason to be alive. At the same time, they are also deeply interested in promoting and preserving their own health and wellness, and eager to learn a complete system of holistic healthcare rooted in traditional wisdom teachings. One good way to think of this is to compare HeartMind Shiatsu to Physical Therapy. HeartMind Shiatsu is to Chinese Medicine, what Physical Therapy is to the Western Medical profession. If you have a desire to have a credential like a Physical Therapist, but with an Holistic, Eastern medical twist, then HeartMind Shiatsu training could be right for you.
What kind of problems does HeartMind Shiatsu help?
As an holistic healthcare system, based on the vast medical philosophy of Chinese Medicine, HeartMind Shiatsu can provide effective and supportive care to a variety of presented conditions. Important in the philosophy and practice is that this is not a disease treatment method, but rather a wellness promotion method. We like to say, “we don’t treat disease. We promote balance. As balance is restored, we watch disease go away!” The effective range of HeartMind Shiatsu supports you in working with the special population with whom you are most called to work. Stressed out modern lifestyles, work stress, sports injury, rehabilitation, pregnancy and women’s health, parenting support and elder care, trauma and addiction recovery, nutrition and exercise support and general wellness are some of the many applications of the method.
How much time does it take to master HeartMind Shiatsu?
What can I realistically expect from a career as a HeartMind Shiatsu Therapist?
Does graduating from HeartMind Shiatsu training give me a professional Massage Therapy license?
How is HeartMind Shiatsu different than Massage Therapy?
HeartMind Shiatsu is a traditional form of Asian Bodywork Therapy. The focus of the work is rooted in an understanding of and working knowledge of the Qi energy system of Chinese Medicine. Western style Massage Therapy is rooted in an understanding of and working knowledge of the Western science of the physical anatomy of the muscles, ligaments and bony structures of the body. Most Western Massage is practiced on a table with the client disrobed, with lotions, oils and liniments applied to the bare skin of the client. HeartMind Shiatsu is practiced on a futon mat on the floor with the client fully clothed, and focuses on the application of energy techniques to effect the Qi energy system of body, mind and spirit. No lotions or oils are involved in the process, though in some cases essential oils may be employed.
Do I have to already be a Massage Therapist to take this training?
Do I need prior training in bodywork therapy or energy medicine to enroll in HeartMind Shiatsu?
No. HeartMind Shiatsu training assumes no prior knowledge. An awareness of other styles or even some training in other styles may provide a helpful background. Generally, good study habits and the willingness to engage in learning a new discipline are the only prerequisites.
Do you have an affiliate program?
HeartMind Bodywork proudly affiliates with an array of like-minded individuals and institutions from Acupuncture doctors to Yoga studios and Holistic studies programs. At the same time we nurture relationships with all our Alumni to continue with HeartMind Shiatsu as a partner for life, with ongoing studies, teacher training and a referral benefit program for promoting this rich and inspiring program to others.
In my recent Pathways of Qi, Exploring the Meridian Medicine Wheel workshop in Chicago, I introduced the idea of the five freedoms. These are essential to exercise in the presence of unconditional love for a true, full and deep sense of wholeness and self-acceptance. They offer a sure way to escape the struggle of toxic shame and self-deprecation, and to claim and exercise them is a significant piece of ongoing personal cultivation.read more
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