"Each one of us is irreplaceable, with unique qualities that shine out. Wisdom and loving compassion helps us reveal more of these qualities and achieve greater things".

- Shinso Ito 

hoto Credit: Hisashi Ichinose

Kumiko Kanayama is a practitioner and teacher of Intuitive Shiatsu™. Intuitive Shiatsu™ is a method she developed after many years of study with her uncle, Ohashi, a pioneer of shiatsu in the West. After many years of teaching as a Certified Ohashiatsu® Instructor, Kumiko sets out to her own to pursue her discoveries about the intuitive dimensions of Shiatsu, and impart her growing knowledge to others.

Kumiko’s years of study and practice of Ohashiatsu helped her develop sensitivity to and awareness of the Ki energy in self and others, the focus that gives us life. She came to understand that the state of Ki balance and harmony promotes and maintains health and well-being, of body, mind, and spirit.

Kumiko became a Certified Ohashiatsu® Consultant in 1991 to work with people of all ages, all walks of life, and every ethnic and spiritual background. In 2001, she became a Certified Ohashiatsu® Instructor after experiencing 9/11 in NYC and its effects upon the New York city community.

She has taught courses in both the US and Europe. Her intellectual curiosity and special interests led her to create and develop numerous elective courses and workshops: Review of the Elements, Neck, Curious Meridian, Hara Assessment, Tsubo Workshop and many more for professionals and pre-professional students.

During and subsequent to her completion of Ohashiatsu training, Kumiko studied with many eminent teachers, including Dr. David Coulter, the author of Anatomy and Hatha Yoga, Domenico Bassi, Siegrid Maidon, Silvia Marchesa Rossi, Mitchell Wolf, Sam Berlind and Maureen Miller. Kumiko also learned from Jeffrey Yuen, Sister Jeanne Mera, Dr. Diane Connelly, the author of Traditional Acupuncture: The Law of the Five Elements, and Dr. Albrecht Heyer, who is a producer of Heyer Insights. One of Kumiko’s most inspiring teachers, Pamela Hannay developed Shiatsu techniques for work with animals. Siatsu Therapy for Horses benefits not only the horses, but also creates more strength and balance in the body of the practitioner. Pamela describes her techniques as “the dance of celebration of the energy.” When the giver connects with the energy of the horse, the session flows and there is no intellectual decision guiding the work; it is pure instinct and joy.

Kumiko has studied Sounds Vibrational therapy, Color therapy, Dowsing therapy, Reiki, Reflexology, Amma therapy, Tai Chi Chung, Aroma therapy, Moxa, medical astrology, Zen meditation, Sotai, Yoga, and Buddhist training. Early in her adult life, she was a student of the Zen arts of Japanese jewelry and ceramic makings. She has also pursued studies at several holistic centers in US: New York Open Center, Omega Institute for Holistic Studies, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Himalayan Institute and Integral Yoga Institute.  

By working with her clients and teachers, sharing with her students and being with her young daughter, Kumiko continually hones her Intuitive Shiatsu™
technique. She talks through hands without words, awakening the spirit by waiting, focusing, releasing and restoring the energy in the tsubos and meridian lines.

Kumiko founded Go Shiki Kan; Five Lights Center in 2012, continues to practice and share the love of art of Shiatsu in New York city. Dedicated to her Mother; Yasuko Kanayama and her Father, Naohiro Kanayama, to expresses her focus on joyful and instinctive giving, strong community, and the light and energy of hands, both literal and symbolic.

Her work is characterized by her deep sense of spirituality and her strong commitment to working intuitively. Kumiko is a versatile practitioner: she is capable of exerting tremendous and focused power in her treatments (reducing the strongest of bodies to a pliant medium), but her fluid physicality and receptive, gentle nature enables her to combine well-tuned lightness with incisive pressure as needed. Her philosophy is deeply entrenched in her commitment to spiritual serenity and human touch communication as a means to harmony, not only in her own life but in the lives of those she touches.

Kumiko would like to offer the power of being in the moment, the NOW, for us all to discover our potentialities, and all to be empowered to offer goodness to the others with whom we share our precious earth.

Thank you…for being who you are...
Each encounter is unique…
Each moment is different…
Life is a circle, Shiatsu is the continuous movement and movement is the Ki / life force..  Enjoy!


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by Jean-Yves JOANNY 

Guest Lecture

Simone Carbonel grew up in a fishing village in the south of France. She developed an early interest in natural healing to prevent disease and maintain health. After graduating from college with honors in French Literature and Philosophy, she travelled extensively in India and the Orient engaging in Viniyoga and Vipassana which she practices to date. Her first training in Foot Reflexology was in Italy where she lived for 25 years.

Eventually Carbonel  moved to the United States to continue studying Complementary Therapies. She has a Certificate of Mastery in Reflexology at Laura Norman & Associates School of Reflexology in 1987, is ARCB (American Reflexology Certification Board) Certified, and a member of ICR (International Council of Reflexology). Carbonel currently teaches Foot Reflexology in New York City and in Europe. In 1988 she studied shiatsu at Ohashi Institute. She is a former Ohashiatsu instructor for Beginner and Intermediate levels which she taught for eight years.

In 1989 she trained in Jin Shin Do ® Bodymind Acupressure. A Registered Jin Shin Do ® Acupressurist, she offers Introductory classes in Self-Jin Shin Do ® Acupressure, and gives private sessions. She obtained the Degree of Associate in Occupational Studies in Massage Therapy from the Swedish Institute College of Massage and Allied Sciences. She trained in 5 Element Shiatsu at the Swedish Institute, and in Zen Shiatsu with Pauline Sasaki. She is Nationally Certified in Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork and a NYS Licensed LMT and NYS Licensed Acupuncturist.

Simone maintains a private practice in Acupuncture, Shiatsu, Jin Shin Do and Foot Reflexology in New York City and in Europe. Sessions are available by appointment only.

Ki is both "life force" and substance.

Everything we see and touch: a stone, a tree and our body. What we perceive and feel: Sounds, vibrations, colors, odors and emotions. These are manifestations of Ki. It is the origin of life as we know it, allowing transformations, like that of food into new cells to support our physical and mental functions.

Ki itself is infinite and eternal.


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Guest Lecture

Wendy S Bolognesi has been a passionate proponent of Asian bodywork since her introduction to Shiatsu in 1978.  She studied at the Ohashi Institute, where she was certified as a Shiatsu therapist in 1990 and as an Ohashiatsu instructor in 1992.  She has been teaching, practicing, and studying Shiatsu ever since.

At the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy (BSMT), where she has been a faculty member since 1993, Wendy created and teaches a course in Asian Massage Techniques which focuses on Shiatsu as well as Acupressure and Thai Massage.  It is one of many courses she has developed and taught, on her own or in collaboration, at Bancroft and in other settings.

Along with teaching numerous courses in Shiatsu and other forms of Asian bodywork, Wendy has extensive experience in teaching Swedish, deep tissue, sports, and seated chair massage, as well as Reiki, anatomy and physiology, first aid, CPR, and spa treatments. She is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education to teach a wide range of courses in massage therapy and Asian bodywork.

In nearly twenty-six years at BSMT, Wendy has worked intensively with and for students:  teaching a wide variety of courses, working with students with varied learning styles, advising, tutoring in specific subjects as well as in preparation for certification exams, supervising internships and student clinics for the public, developing and supervising student volunteer projects, and developing new courses and curricula.  In the course of a multifaceted career, Wendy has gained experience in managing a variety of sometimes competing responsibilities, heading a department, and enhancing academic programs.

Wendy’s practice of massage and her teaching have deep roots in the community as well as at BSMT.  She treats clients in Worcester, Barre, and Hardwick, MA, and she often presents or co-presents workshops and continuing education classes in community settings.

Among Wendy’s particular interests is the self-application of acupressure for the treatment of PTSD & addiction, a subject she continues to explore.  She has engaged her students in volunteer work, such as providing massage for veterans at a local shelter. In 2001, she began teaching canine massage, and she looks forward to expanding her work in this area.