Join us for a lively and inspiring evening of discovery. We will present an overview of the HeartMind Shiatsu curriculum, experience a sampling of the modality through hands-on group practice, and finish the evening with some delicious refreshments. We’re sure you will enjoy the views from the Bodywork Bistro Living Arts Center, home to our school.
HeartMind Bodywork is pleased to be participating in Yoga Rocks the Park each Saturday on the Boulder Library lawn during the month of June. Stop by between 9am and noon to learn more about our programs and to experience HeartMind Shiatsu free of charge.
The specific dates are: June 9, 16, 23 and 30. Join us for a fun morning of yoga, music, and bodywork!
In Five Elements, Organ Networks students deepen their understanding of Organ Network energies, particularly focusing on the nature of yin and yang and excess and deficient patterns in great detail the psycho-physical realm. Leon Hammer’s seminal work, Dragon Rises, Redbird Flies, provides the springboard for the study and treatment of the signs and symptoms of life energy patterns in body, mind and spirit. Students learn to discern between Yin Deficiency and Yang Excess, Yang Deficiency and Yin Excess and how these patterns of disharmony manifest and how they might best be treated to restore balance and harmony to the entire system. Of particular interest is the process of development and maturation over time, the recognition of enduring patterns, and the choices we have to shift to new and more powerful ways of being in the world. Students apply these principles to their own life, and by extension discover how they can use these powerful insights to assist clients in the treatment room.
In this level, students learn the rich and detailed tapestry of human wellness through an in-depth study of Etiology, the discernment of External Pernicious Influences, the Internal Endogenous Causes of Dis-ease, and the Five Fundamental Substances and Spiritual Essensces. These topics are covered through a lively combination of guided meditation, selected readings, lecture and discussion. In addition, tongue and pulse Assessment are introduced as tools for discernment of signs and symptoms. Practical discovery of the various patterns and etiologies as well as effective clinical strategies for treatment are explored. Much time is given to Supervised Clinical Practice throughout this level leading to a refinement of skill and increasing treatment room confidence.
Students deepen their work with the Masunaga Zen Shiatsu method through study of the Meridian Extensions and Six Divisions of Yin and Yang in body, mind and spirit. We explore the various manifestations of yin and yang, especially as expressed through Temperament and Personality. Yin Yang theory is creatively descibes the changes and transformations that occur in any natural system throughout time and space The recognition of the stages of transformation in any living system leads to deep and powerful insights into health and balance. By understanding the interactive dynamics of Yin Yang and the Five Elements, students learn to treat deficiencies or excesses in any element through any other element as a function of Creation and Control Cycle dynamics. In this class, we explore the application of this transformational theory to both the physical and psycho-spiritual body. Masunaga Meridian Extensions, Eight Temperaments theory of Yves Requena and Five Element Creation and Control Cycle theories inspire and inform our study and practice.
Incorporating the content of the previous three levels, students embrace a total overview of the body/mind/spirit energy to effectively meet clinical challenges that may arise in their practice. Additional tools of Extraordinary Vessel Theory along with extensive Clinical Supervision and Discussion bring students to the place where they can confidently integrate HeartMind Shiatsu services in a professional clinical setting. With successful completion of this level students earn a certificate of satisfactory completion of the HeartMind Shiatsu Basic Training.
Building upon the content of 101 students now learn the Theory of the Five Elements and how they manifest through the organ networks to enliven body/mind/spirit. The traditional correspondences of the Elements are the cornerstone of the course, grounding students in the basic attributes of each of the Five Elements and how they express themselves in Nature and in Humanity. Students begin to discern the signs and symptoms of each of the Elements, and in this way, begin to practice the art of creating treatment plans tailor made to the specific needs of each client. Yoga-inspired Meridian Stretch Exercises are practiced as both a tool of treatment and assessment, and traditional shu point assessment methods will be introduced.
Your journey to becoming a HeartMind Shiatsu professional begins here. Classmates travel together on a voyage of discovery through body, mind and spirit, developing skillful means in healing touch. They learn to perceive and work with Meridian Channels of Life Energy, and find a delightful entry into the magic of connection with self and others. A timeless healing craft that has been handed down for generations, HeartMind Shiatsu Meridian Magic brings healing skills into your hands in a gentle, caring environment designed to bring out the healer within you. With completion of Meridian Magic you will have the skill to give a full-body basic Shiatsu treatment to friends, family or to integrate into an existing professional practice, and set the foundation for deepening your study with the continuation of the HeartMind Shiatsu Basic and Advanced training program. Personal Life Energy Cultivation practice through the HeartMind Meridian Qigong exercise system is incorporated giving students a vital approach to the art of self-care.
In advanced Clinical Skills graduates participate in an on-going Graduate Clinic, offering HeartMind Shiatsu sessions to the public in an open clinic setting. The clinics are supported by clinical rounds in which they discuss their case-work with their colleagues and clinic supervisor. Periodically, day long trainings are held that offer continued refinement of technique, deepening understanding of theoretical constructs and ongoing practice building coaching.
In this final course of the Advanced Training, Students review the entire training. Refinement of all technique, theory and practical clinical applications of HeartMind Shiatsu are the focus, concluding with a final comprehensive written exam. Students are encouraged to step into a full, embodied expression of the method, demonstrate an ability to hold space and give effective treatments to meet the myriad conditions that clients bring into the modern clinical setting. The three layers of health; Reflexive, Conditioned and Constitutional are explored as a context for understanding how to facilitate extraordinary healing in the treatment room. A brief introduction to Graduate studies, and Constitutional Healing through the Extraordinary Vessel treatments as taught in the Classical Chinese Medicine interpretations of Jeffrey Yuen complete the training. A Graduation Ceremony, acknowledging student accomplishments, grants a certificate of Satisfactory Completion of the HeartMind Shiatsu Advanced Training.
2 Upcoming Courses
Taoveda Qigong~In this workshop, Matthew will guide participants in the Taoveda Meridian Qigong form.Participants will experience the vibrant medicine wheel of Meridian Channels, gaining valuable insight forpersonal and professional healing practice. Taoveda Qigong is excellent for client education with accessible,functional and inspirational stimulation of Meridian Energy Flow in a daily exercise format. In cultivatingMeridian Qi through Taoveda Qigong all systems of Body, HeartMind and Spirit can be purified, nourished andenergized.
Flying HeartMind Shiatsu~Interactive, engaging, and uplifting! Enjoy atasty bite of Flying HeartMind Shiatsu with a delicious serving of movement,contact, deep stretches and leveraged lifts, practiced in a traditional floorbased bodywork forum. These elegant moves can even elevate the receiverentirely off the floor to grant a feeling of total surrender. Matthew createdthese Flying techniques in clinical practice, and they serve to have aprofound effect on the extraordinaryvessel system.
Taoveda Qigong Yoga Flow
In this vibrant experiential workshop, with Matthew Sweigart, AOBTA® Certified Instructor and David Goetz, CMT, Certified Yoga Instructor, participants will be guided through breath, movement, posture, stillness, affirmation and imagery into a felt sense of Medicine Wheel of Meridian Energy. An exploration of Yin/Yang, Elemental and Somatic functions yields a state of balanced well-being. Practitioners of Qigong, Acupuncture and Acupressure will experience Meridian Channels as manifestations of a vibrant Medicine Wheel gaining valuable insight to inform their personal practice. Taoveda Qigong Yoga Flow is also excellent for client education, offering accessible, functional applications of Meridian Energy Flow in a daily exercise format. In cultivating Meridian Qi through Taoveda Qigong Yoga Flow, all systems of Body, HeartMind and Spirit are purified, nourished and energized. Learn more….
Matthew Sweigart began his healing journey in 1985 with a Macrobiotic Dietary transition and the study and practice of Japanese Shiatsu through the Ohashi Institute, NYC where he was on Senior Faculty for 15 years. Learning personal qi cultivation with dozens of various Qigong, Yoga and Native American ritual elders brought forth in Matthew a direct experience of the Medicine Wheel of Meridian Energy, through which HeartMind Bodywork and the Taoveda Qigong Yoga Flow system was developed. He is co-founder/director of the HeartMind Bodywork Training programs.
David Goetz is a graduate of Indiana University and Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Owner of Bodywork Bistro, co-owner with Matthew Sweigart of HeartMind Bodywork. Dave developed a strong interest in Yoga and Taoism during his late teens after his favorite cousin died suddenly from a fever. He began searching earnestly for answers and while in college he met a teacher who showed him how to connect within to his “Inner Stream of Joy and Contentment”.
He began studying Shiatsu in 1990 with Matthew Swiegart. He continued his yoga practice within the Iyengar yoga tradition. In 2003 he began practicing Qigong and personal cultivation with Master Chunyi Lin, Master Li Jun Feng, and Roger Jahnke. In October of 2010 he completed his 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at Core Power Yoga. He now teaches Shiatsu, Yoga and Qigong at the new Bodywork Bistro Living Arts Center, and for “Healing Spirits Massage Training Center” in beautiful Boulder, CO.