Bringing timeless healing philosophy and skills to personal health and wellness, to harmonize and balance the stress of modern lifestyles.
Derived from the Chinese word Xin (pronounced “shin”) HeartMind is the powerful “poly-word” that encompasses our healing philosophy. Often translated simply as heart, Xin actually encompasses a greater understanding of the heart as the place in our body where spirit and mind reside. True wisdom, and access to higher consciousness come to us through Xin, the HeartMind.
Shiatsu is a bodywork practice developed in Japan over centuries. Shi- is the Japanese word for finger, and –atsu is the word for pressure, so a literal translation of shiatsu is “finger pressure.” In the HeartMind style, we base our forms on traditional Zen stylings of effortless ease, and masterful coordination. Drawing on the teachings of Masters Ohashi and Masunaga, we infuse the physical practice of HeartMind Shiatsu with poise, grace, ease and comfort. Qualities which pay dividends far beyond the treatment room and out into every aspect of your life. Graced by Eastern understandings of life energy flow in nature and human nature, you then possess the gifts that lead to life’s rewards!
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. This creates a practice that is life-changing and life-long. We give you a depth of practice that promotes your career longevity and vibrant health for life. What’s more, as a HeartMind Shiatsu Certified Practitioner or instructor you experience the deep satisfaction of sharing this with your clients as well, making a vital contribution to a happier, healthier world for all!
As HeartMind Shiatsu Certified Practitioner, you integrate the thinking mind with the feeling mind. This grants you access to the power to heal physical, emotional and spiritual trauma and distress, to quiet incessant mental chatter, allow true inner peace to grow and to become a clear channel of universal, unconditional love.
Matthew is the primary instructor and director of the HeartMind Shiatsu Professional Training. Supervising all levels of HeartMind Shiatsu Training in Theory, Practice and Clinical Supervision. He began his own training in 1985, founding Ohashiatsu® Chicago in 1988, where he taught and practiced with the Ohashi Institute curriculum for 18 years. In addition to Ohashiatsu®, Matthew has studied with many Qi masters and shaman over the years, including Li Junfeng, Roger Jahnke, Jeffrey Yuen, Paul Pitchford, Sun Bear, Alberto Villoldo and Brandt Secunde. Since moving to Northern California in 2000, he has developed the HeartMind Shiatsu curriculum, blending Ohashiatsu, Zen Shiatsu, Qigong, Classical Chinese Medicine and Shamanic Wisdom. Matthew is the author of Pathways of Qi, Touching Ki, HeartMind Meridian Qigong, Elemental Meditations, Harmonizing Heaven & Earth DVD and its Companion Manual, and the HeartMind Shiatsu Meridian Gestures and Functions Chart. He is the proud father of two awesome young men.
Dave Goetz, Co-Director of HeartMind Bodywork in Boulder, Colorado currently teaches qigong and maintains a personal and professional development coaching and bodywork practice. He discovered a life-long passion for Eastern thought when he read the Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramahansa Yogananda at the age of 19. Dave attended Indiana University where he studied Eastern Philosophy, Tibetan Buddhism, Taoism, and Environmental Studies, graduating in 1980 with a B.A. in Economics. He has been a daily practitioner of meditation using the techniques of Self-Knowledge as taught by Prem Rawat since 1979. In 1982, Dave co-founded the Oak St. Market, a natural foods grocery store in Evanston, IL where he was the co-owner and managing partner. In 1990, Dave began studying shiatsu at Ohashiatsu® Chicago where he first met Matthew Sweigart and soon became his teacher’s assistant. In 1997, Dave sold his natural food store to Wholefoods Market and then moved to Boulder in 1998 where he focused his passion full-time on massage, shiatsu, yoga and qigong. He attended the Boulder College of Massage Therapy in 2000, graduated with honors with over 1100 hours of training and was the president of his class. Soon afterwards he completed his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, CSCS credential and was a personal fitness trainer and massage specialist for RallySport Health club from 2002-2004. In 2004 he formed a collaboration with Matthew and co-produced the HeartMind Shiatsu Meridian Chart and soon after the DVD, Harmonizing Heaven and Earth. In 2006, Dave co-founded the Bodywork Bistro that closed its doors in the summer of 2019. He has been teaching HeartMind Shiatsu at the Healing Spirits Massage Training Program since 2007. In 2010 he completed his Yoga Teacher Training at CorePower Yoga. Dave has had the privilege of studying with qigong masters, Li Jun Feng, Chunyi Lin, Roger Jahnke and Jim MacRitchie from 2002 until the present. From inspiration ignited by his qigong practice and his experience of CorePower Yoga his qigong and yoga path has transmogrified into a practice he calls Qi-Yoga-Flow. “I love the amazing feeling I get from practicing qigong, and I also love the intensity and strength I get from practicing power yoga, so I’ve unabashedly combined the two.” More information about Dave and his work can be found at davegoetzbodywork.com and he can be reached via email at email@example.com.
Becky Whitmer, Registrar and General Trouble Shooter
Becky is a 2006 graduate of Healing Spirits Massage Training Program of Boulder, CO, and has been a practicing massage therapist ever since. In 2007, she began her studies in HeartMind Bodywork and Qigong and is a practitioner and instructor of both, having earned her Certified Instructor certificate in 2015. Her path as student, healer and teacher actually started in 1990 as a student of Ashtanga yoga which eventually led to yoga teacher certification in 2003. She has completed over 500 hours of hatha yoga teacher training through the Shambhava School of Yoga. In the years since becoming a massage therapist, has been an enthusiastic student of Breema, Thai Yoga Massage, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Amma, to name a few. Becky is also a certified End of Life Doula. An avid whitewater kayaker and all around nature lover, Becky is constantly reminded of the healing power of communing with the 5 Elements, and is inspired to share this with others in the classroom and on the Shiatsu mat. All of this is reflected in her warm and down to earth teaching style which emphasizes both the inner and outer experience of bodywork and mindfulness practice. She serves on faculty and as administrator for the HeartMind Shiatsu trainings.
Jessica graduated from the Healing Spirits Massage Training Program in Boulder, CO in July of 2009, specializing in Shiatsu and Cranial Sacral Therapy. She stepped into a teaching role as a teacher’s assistant, under Dave Goetz, for the Shiatsu course at Healing Spirits in 2010 and was lead teaching the first level of HeartMind Shiatsu training by 2012. She has accumulated an additional 600 hours of training in HeartMind Shiatsu, graduating as valedictorian of the HeartMind Shiatsu Advanced Training in 2012. And she graduated from the HeartMind Shiatsu Instructor Training as a Level 2 Instructor in the summer of 2015. Her passion for and pursuit of Qigong has deeply complemented her bodywork, and she started sharing that love in a teaching capacity in 2012. Her personal practice supports an ever-increasing passion for this work, which continues to deepen as a result. She seamlessly integrates body and energy work in her sessions with clients to help them return to a place of balance and ease in their bodies, minds, and spirits.
Nate has been practicing massage therapy since 1997, which has included working in Integrated Medical Offices, Physical Therapy Clinics, and Sports Performance Centers. In addition to his private practice of massage therapy and personal training, Nate is currently the Massage Therapy Director for an Occupational Medicine practice in the Boulder/Denver area. He has taught anatomy, orthopedic and sports massage therapy for over 15 years and has been a faculty member at several massage schools, including the Boulder College of Massage Therapy, Healing Spirits Massage Training Program, and the Brenneke School of Massage (Cortiva Institute Seattle). Nate continues to teach Continuing Education courses locally and nationally, and is also an Associate Professor at the Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder. Nate holds a Master’s degree in Human Movement Science through the Arizona School of Health Sciences. In addition, he is a Certified Corrective Exercise & Performance Enhancement Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.