The Five Lights Shiatsu Training Program:
The basic curriculum of the Five Lights Shiatsu training program consists of eight levels of courses. Each course requires 20 hours of attendance including lectures, Makaho meridian exercise, mindful meditation, and demonstration. Students may take courses independently. Courses are available on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and retreat locations. After graduating from the Five Lights Shiatsu training program, students may apply for the instructor training program if they wish to offer Shiatsu programs in their area.
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.
Level 1: Introduction to the Primary Meridians
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.
- History of Shiatsu
- Definition of terms: Shiatsu, Ki, Yin, Yan, Meridians and Tsubo
- Quality of Yin and Yan
- Palpation and location of Meridians
- Basic function of Meridians
- Makaho exercises
- Ki palpation
- Learn how to give a full body session
Level 2: The Five Elements theory
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.
- Point location of BL and KI meridians.
- Discussion of Water Element, and its relationship with the other elements.
- Point location of ST and SP meridians
- Discussion of Earth Element, and its relationship with the other elements.
- Point location of GB and LV meridians
- Discussion of Wood Element, and its relationship with the other elements.
- Location of Bo and Yu points
- Location of Hara Diagnostic area
Level 3: Introduction to Metal and Fire elements
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.
- Location of LU and LI meridians
- Discussion of Metal element
- Relationship of Metal in the generation and control cycles
- Location of HT and SI meridians
- Discussion of Absolute Fire
- Relationship of Fire in the generation and control cycles
- Location of HC and TH meridians
- Discussion of Supplemental Fire
- Review of the relationship of Fire in the generation and control cycles
- Location and function of Bo points (Alarm points)
Practice on supine and sideline positions.
Level 4: Introduction to a Shiatsu treatment plan
We introduce and discuss the Four Methods of Oriental Diagnosis:
- Bo Shin (Looking)
- Bon Shin (Listening/Smelling)
- Mon Shin (Asking)
- Setsu Shin (Touching)
- Describe Bo shin, Bon Shin, Mon Shin and Setsu Shin. List the information to collect for each of them.
- Palpation to evaluate Kyo and Jitsu in the Hara.
- Palpation to evaluate the quality of Yu and Bo points.
- Location and function of Five Element points used in a Shiatsu treatment.
Practice and homework assignment.
Level 5: Introduction to Clinic
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.
Selected points and their location.
- Point selection: distal/local
Selection of specific points:
- Five elements points
- Antique points
- Source Points
- Luo connecting points
- Xi-cleft points
- Bo and Yu points
- Bo + Yu points
- Source + Luo connecting points
- Xi-cleft points + 8 confluent points
- 8 influential points
Level 6: Introduction to the Masunaga System
This level focuses on the the Masunaga 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.
- Location of the meridian extensions:
- LU/ LI extensions
- TH/HC extensions
- HT/SI extensions
- Introduction to Masunaga Back Diagnostic areas
Techniques and stretches used in the Masunaga system.
Level 7: Masunaga extensions:
Location of the Masunaga extensions:
- Location of the meridians.
- ST/SP extension
- LV/GB extensions
- BL/KI extension
- Locate ST/SP extensions
- Locate LV/GB extensions
- Locate BL/KI extension
Techniques and stretches used in the Masunaga system
How and when to use the Masunaga extensions in your practice along with the work on the primary meridians.
We will analyze the interactions of Kyo and Jitsu in different elements according to Masunaga system.
Level 8 (40 hours): Clinic level over a period of ten weeks
Intake and follow up with a client for a period of 10 weeks.
Application of the four methods of diagnosis: Bo shin (looking), Mon shin (listening and smelling), Bun shin (asking). Setsu shin (touching).
Our specific focus will be on the Setsu shin aspect of the four methods of oriental diagnosis:
- assessment of hara diagnosis area,
- assessment of back diagnostic area,
- assessment of bo and yu points,
- assessment of kyo and jitsu along the meridians.
Create a session based on the client’s condition on the day of the session.