Course Schedule 

All courses are open to students who want to refresh Shiatsu knowledge and skills. Space is limited, register early!

The Masunaga extension system is open to students who already have basic Shiatsu training. For each level, students must schedule a tutorial, a Shiatsu session, and attend a minimum of 2 practice sessions.   

 
 
Learn shiatsu !

Learn shiatsu !

Level 1: Introduction To The Primary Meridians in New York, NY

In this course you will be introduced to the history and the foundations of Asian medicine, the concepts of Tao, Ki and Yin-Yan. You will locate the pathways of the 12 primary meridians and learn how to feel the quality of Ki for each of them through palpation.

With the practice of specific exercises, you will develop the flexibility necessary to work with Shiatsu techniques. You will use meditation to center yourself before working with your partner, as you start a journey into self-awareness.

October 25-27, 2019

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm & Sunday, 11-8pm

Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by October 11, 2019

 
Level 2; Learn how to find tsubos

Level 2; Learn how to find tsubos

 

Level 2: The Five Elements Theory in New York, NY

We introduce the theory of five-elements. The theory includes movement and interaction of generation and control cycles, elemental associations: season, color, emotions, and more.

We locate the Hara where energy resides. By palpating the Hara diagnostic areas we find the energetic disharmony expressed by Kyo and Jitsu (deficiency and excess). This constitutes the basic assessment for treatment.

We locate the 12 associated points of the organs / meridians on the bladder channel (Yu points), the 12 alarm points on the front of the torso for each meridian (Bo points). We practice locating the 12 meridians in supine and prone positions, with special focus on the transitions from side to side.

November 22-24, 2019

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm & Sunday, 11-8pm

Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by November 8, 2019

 
Level 3; Learn how to find tsubos

Level 3; Learn how to find tsubos

 
Foot assessment

Foot assessment

 
 
Learn how to do hara assessment

Learn how to do hara assessment

 
 
Learn how to work on specific challenges

Learn how to work on specific challenges

 
Learn how to work on Gall Gladder meridian

Learn how to work on Gall Gladder meridian

 
Learn how to work no Heart meridian

Learn how to work no Heart meridian

 
Learn how to work on Conception Vessel

Learn how to work on Conception Vessel

 
Shiatsu

Shiatsu

 
DO IT YOURSELF shiatsu stretch: Wood meridian stretch

DO IT YOURSELF shiatsu stretch: Wood meridian stretch

Level 3: Introduction To Metal And Fire Elements in New York, NY

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

We introduce Metal and Fire elements: location and functions of Metal and Fire elements, their signs and symptoms of disharmony and their relationship with other elements.

Practice on supine and sideline positions.

December 13-15, 2019

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm & Sunday, 11-8pm

Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by November 25, 2019

Level 4: Introduction To A Shiatsu Treatment Plan in New York, NY

We introduce and discuss the Four Methods of Oriental Diagnosis:

  • Bo Shin (Looking):

  • Bon Shin (Listening/Smelling);

  • Mon Shin (Asking);

  • Setsu Shin (Touching)

October 15-November 19, 2019 4-7pm

Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by October 1, 2019

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February 28-March 1, 2020

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm & Sunday, 11-8pm

Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by February 7, 2020

Level 5: Pathology (20 Hours)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

We study causes and patterns of disease or imbalance and assess possible treatment.

Course Objectives

  • Etiology: the cause of the imbalance

  • Exogenous causes: six exogenic pathogens

  • Endogenous causes: the seven emotions

  • Other causes: inflection, injury and lifestyle

  • Patterns of imbalances and assessment

  • The eight principles

  • Zo fu organ patterns

  • The six channels (divisions)

  • The General Theory of Channels

  • The Five Elements

  • The Four Levels (Defense, Ki, Nutrition, Blood)

  • The Three Heaters

    March 27-29, 2020

    Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm & Sunday, 11-8pm

    Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

    Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by March 13, 2020

 

Level 6: Introduction To Clinic (20 Hours)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

We review the circulation of channels, the distribution of points, and the pathological symptoms of each channel. We introduce points for use in a specific treatment to enhance our practice.

April 24-26, 2020

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm & Sunday, 11-8pm

Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by April 10, 2020



Level 7: Introduction To The Masunaga System Of Water, Earth And Wood Elements (20 Hours)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Location of the Masunaga extensions (Water, Earth and Wood elements): Location of the meridians. ST/SP extensions GB/LV extensions BL/KI extensions


May 22-24, 2020

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm & Sunday, 11-8pm

Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by May 22, 2020

Level 8: Masunaga System Of Metal And Fire Elements (20 Hours)

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This level focuses on the Masunaga Metal and Fire approach and philosophy, the importance of the psychological aspect of his work. We will locate the extensions of the primary meridians reaching from the arms to the legs and the legs to the arms.

September 25-27, 2020

Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm & Sunday, 11-8pm

Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by May 22, 2020

Level 9: The Eight Extraordinary Vessels And Collateral Channels (20 Hours)

  • Eight extraordinary vessels:

  • Luo Channels: Kei Ketsu

  • Cutaneous Regions

  • Effective points

    October 23-25, 2020

    Friday 5-9pm, Saturday 1-8pm & Sunday, 11-8pm

    Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

    Tuition fee: $400 / $350 by October 9, 2020

 

Level 10: Supervised Clinic Application (50 Hours)

Students integrate their training and practice by providing Shiatsu to the general public in a supervised session.

Intake: 4 methods of Eastern diagnosis (Bo Shin, Bun Shin, Mon Shin, Setsu Shin)

Dates: TBA


 

真向法 Do It Yourself Shiatsu Meridian Stretches:

Do It Yourself Shiatsu Meridian stretches (Makko ho meridian stretches) are used as a self-assessment & self-healing technique by focusing on the specific stretches that were developed to improve the flow of Ki Energy. There is a stretch for each pair of meridians and, as they are based on the Traditional Chinese Medicine and created by Nagai Sensei in Japan, we follow the Five Elements creative cycle, (i.e., Metal, Water, Wood, Absolute Fire, Supplement Fire, and Earth). Begin the DIY Shiatsu stretches by grounding yourself through breathing, while you focus on centering the Ki Energy within the Hara. Keep centered throughout the exercise. It is essential that you settle into the stretches on respiration and the nothing is forced. Being aware of tension and pain that you feel along the meridian pathways. Do not force yourself into positions that you find uncomfortable – pain is not the goal, the intention & focus is. Always take a moment to rest and observe your body after each stretch. 

DIY Shiatsu Meridian stretches are not so much on the physical stretch but on opening up and moving the Ki Energy. It is therefore vital that you focus on the breathing and that you are aware of the changes going on within you during each stretch – this includes Body, Mind, and Spirit. 

Concentrate on relaxing and releasing during all these movements, and enjoy! 

We will help to find the most comfortable position for each person depending upon your needs. 

Let's stretch together to improve our Energy!

Thursdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2019 6-7:00pm

Tuition fee: $15 per person

 
Teacher training program to share the love of Shiatsu

Teacher training program to share the love of Shiatsu

Teacher Training Program: 

The Five Lights Shiatsu Teacher Training provides a pathway to incorporating the physical, psychological, spiritual and Zen aspects of Shiatsu into daily life.

 
Review shiatsu techniques, movement, and diagnostic skills

Review shiatsu techniques, movement, and diagnostic skills

Supervised Ongoing Practice Classes (100 Hours)

Techniques, Lecture and Demonstration

  • Treatment-oriented application

  • Classroom practice: Supervised practice performed on fellow students

Thursdays, September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17 & 24, 2019 7-9pm

Tuition fee: $15 per person

 
Practice Qi GOing to enhance Shiatsu skills and understand the ki energy flow

Practice Qi GOing to enhance Shiatsu skills and understand the ki energy flow

Shiatsu And Qi Gong:

気功 Qi gong, pronounced “chee gong,” is a gentle, flowing form of movement therapy that delivers a variety of health benefits. The words qi gong mean “energy work” or “energy cultivation.” Millions of people around the world now practice this regimen of meditative motion and deep breathing to enhance their physical and spiritual well-being.

May 16, 2019

Thursday, 6-7pm

Tuition fee: $15

 
Receive Shiatsu to maintain health and WELL BEING.

Receive Shiatsu to maintain health and WELL BEING.

Private Session:

Relax, revitalize and renew your energy.

Regular sessions help keep your energy balanced. You will develop a deeper awareness of body, mind and spirit connections and work toward your own healing.

 
Shiatsu workshop

Shiatsu workshop

Free Introductory Workshop with Kumiko:

Learn how the practice of Shiatsu enhances awareness of self and others and leads to improved health and well-being.

Kumiko will explain the basics of how acupressure points work and provide self-care tips. You will also have an opportunity to try our light palpation. Information on Five Lights Center's certification program will also be provided for those interested in further studies.

No prior experience required. Please wear loose, comfortable clothing.

When you attend the workshop, you receive $50 off the tuition fee for your next enrollment.

Saturday, September 28, 2019 11-12noon

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Location: Five Lights Center, 220 w 93rd st NYC, NY 10025

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