Aiki Healing Arts

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Aiki healing arts are those modalities based on harmonising the life energy in the body. This then allows the full health of body and mind to manifest. These arts at Shin Sen include Ki Shiatsu Therapy, Macrobiotics and Kotodama.

Ki shiatsu is a health system that works on the Ki (life force) in the body and also the meridians (energy channels) that run throughout the body. The practitioner through a certain quality of touch, firstly awakens the body’s natural healing power. Then he/she also will diagnose where weaknesses and strengths lie and through finding the unique set of pressure points that each receiver has, will then harmonise and balance the Ki in that person’s body.

This results in ever-deepening health and well-being. Ki-Shiatsu is effective for all physical problems, for dissolving tension, alleviating pain and healing dis-ease. It is a powerful way for restoring harmony to mind and body, creating tranquility and well-being. It is very pleasant to receive as it is both rejuvenating, revitalizing and relaxing.

Treatments usually last from one hour to one and a half hours and are done on a Japanese futon through cotton clothing.

Ki Shiatsu is taught to Diploma level at Shin Sen Dojo and many people have reached advanced levels and have active professional practices throughout Australia and overseas.

At Shin Sen Dojo, you can train in Ki Shiatsu at any level from beginner to advanced. Also treatments are available from Sensei or other senior practitioners.

Ken McLean Sensei is Australia’s longest serving Shiatsu practitioner and is the founder of the Ki Shiatsu Therapy. Ki Shiatsu has been acknowledged in Japan as being of the highest quality of Shiatsu.

Ki-Shiatsu as a Holistic Integration of Natural and Oriental Medicine.

Ki-Shiatsu is an integration of previous streams of Shiatsu including the Namikoshi method, barefoot shiatsu, zen shiatsu and Macrobiotic Shiatsu. Were as Namikoshi primarily works on thumb and palm pressure following the various energy lines of the body and applying the pressure to the various tsubos (energy pressure points).

At a basic level this follows an ancient oriental medical understanding. In ancient times it was observed that when people were unwell or injured, various points on their body would become painful or sore and that when they recovered, these points would then recede and disappear. It was discovered that by holding these points in a particular way, the person would heal and recover far more quickly. Although this view is simple, it is effective when applied.

Zen Shiatsu developed by Masanaga is a further evolution in its approach to diagnosis. It emphasises the harmonization and balance of Ki. It sees that Ki can be in excess or can be deficient in areas of the body, particularly the organs. In ancient oriental medicine, the principle of Kyo and Jitsu developed. Kyo meaning empty and Jitsu meaning full. This is the view that everything is connected and interelated. If an organ has too much energy then another organ must be deficient and thus the harmony of the body is based on the even spread of energy throughout.

Ki-Shiatsu is a deep synthesis and integration of all that has gone before and continues to evolve. It incorporates the principle of interconnectedness and sees that if anything happens on a physical level it also will manifest mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. For example if someone’s kidney energy is low, some symptoms will include tiredness, lack of confidence and feeling low in inspiration. They may have a sore back and stiffness in the ankle area.

So with a deep harmonising Ki Shiatsu treatment, the body moves into balance and the pain will disappear, flexibility will return, vitality increase and a feeling of inspiration and aspiration will increase.

Sometimes an organ may be becoming too full – which then takes energy from another organ. Staying with the kidney example:- The Kidneys pool the reserves of vitality that we need for our life including work and relationships. The liver on the other hand governs strength, work and purpose. So if someone over gives to, say their work, then often the kidneys become depleted and the person lacks energy for other relationships in their life.

In the body there would arise special points that would address this imbalance and change the relationship between the liver and kidney. This is one part of the empty/full principle as spoken about earlier.

Of course, their is also the dietary patterns that develop to feed an unbalanced condition. A holistic expression of Shiatsu would be to look into this area as well. When people clearly understand in a deeply detailed way the art of nourishment, they then can become their own doctor.

True life medicine works beyond the symptomatic level. It addresses the cause that gave rise to the symptom. Beyond cause and symptom is education the person to the way of life that dissolves all future problems. This is the highest level of medicine and is called the medicine of humanity.

Ki Arts Within Ki Shiatsu

Within the physical technique of Shiatsu there is also the way of treating the Ki Meridian body and beyond. The meridians are deeply connected to the nervous system, including the ortho and parasympathetic and the enteric nervous systems, effect all the functions of the physical body. When one can influence the meridian and Ki level of a person, the nervous system of the person they are treating calms and harmonises and then strongly effects positively all the functions of the body and mind.

Most systems of massage, physiotherapy and even shiatsu don’t reach this level of treatment. The Ki-Shiatsu practitioner engages in deep training _(more on this) i_n mind/body unification in order to become sensitive to and learns how to activate the Ki Level of human beings.

Ki Shiatsu has absorbed the venerable Ki traditions of Seiki Jutsu, teate, reiki, Kiatsu and Shinki. These are all basically different streams and traditions all sharing the common goal of treating Ki. Ki-atsu is a word used in Ki-Shiatsu when finding master points (points unique to harmonising a particular person’s energy) to hold gently and direct Ki into the area. Shin Ki is the finest, or purest level of Ki treatment usually involving laying palms on or above an area and can also involve movements to work chakras and the energy field.

The Aiki Principle within Ki Shiatsu

The Aiki principle – blending energy – means to do what most is appropriate for that person. This involves the full spectrum of technique from yang to yin.

Yang technique could involve strong but pleasant pressure with elbow and knees and sometimes even feet to treat a particular condition. Yin technique would be more gentle using Ki.

Both are as effective as each other, however with good judgement, sensitivity and intuition, one uses the most appropriate for the person’s condition. All treatments are enjoyable to receive and create deeply effective results.



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Energy levels increase so that one can give more of one’s self to the areas of one’s life you wish to express more.

On a practical self-defense level you develop the ability to comfortably and enjoyably deal with multiple attackers as you train to develop “the State of Flow” that Aikido brings out. This in the zone state then can be applied to daily life – leading to living a full, wonderful and adventurous life.

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