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Macrobiotic Shiatsu

Founded by Shizuko Yamamoto and based on George Ohsawa's philosophy that each individual is an integral part of nature, Macrobiotic Shiatsu supports a natural lifestyle and heightened instincts for improving health. Assessments are through visual, verbal, and touch techniques (including pulses) and the Five Transformations.

Treatment involves non-invasive touch and pressure using hand and barefoot techniques and stretches to facilitate the flow of Qi and to strengthen the body-mind. Dietary guidance, medicinal plant foods, breathing techniques and home remedies are emphasized. Corrective exercises, postural rebalancing, palm healing, self-shiatsu, and Qigong are included in Macrobiotic Shiatsu.

Macrobiotic Shiatsu Long Definition

This form was originated by Shizuko Yamamoto.

Macrobiotic Shiatsu is therapeutic oriental bodywork based on George Ohsawa’s
philosophy that each individual is an integral part of nature. The term Macrobiotic
refers to a large view or understanding of life, and a basic assumption in this form
of shiatsu is that good quality in all areas of life brings us into harmony with
nature, and, therefore, to good health.

Macrobiotic Shiatsu supports a natural lifestyle and heightened instincts for improving
health, nutrition, and personal relationships. Complaints are remedied by
balancing the physical, emotional, and spiritual health of the recipients. Dietary
guidance, medicinal plant food, breathing techniques, and home remedies are


Macrobiotic Shiatsu Five Criteria

Provided by Patrick McCarty on December 20, 2004

  1. Knowledgeable and able to teach all aspects of TCM theory as referenced
    in the 500-hour curriculum. Instructors should integrate use of Yin and
    Yang, Five Phases, Eight Principles and Six Divisions. Knowledge of the
    associations connected with the above concepts and their application to
    Macrobiotic Shiatsu theory and technique.
  2. Knowledge of the effects on the body and health conditions of all varieties
    of food from a macrobiotic perspective. Instructor should have an
    understanding of physiological and energetic qualities of each of the major
    components of a traditional macrobiotic diet (whole grains; vegetables—
    both land and sea; beans and bean products; nuts; seeds; fruit; fermented
    foods; and beverages, as well as animal and sea foods.) Knowledge that
    the purpose of wholesome food is to produce “clean” blood.
  3. Specifically skilled in the use of feet as well as hands in treatment.
    Knowledge that all technique originates from “hara” combined with
    coordinated breathing of both practitioner and receiver.
  4. Skilled in direct abdominal (hara) palpation and assessment. This includes
    knowledge of internal organ locations and ability to interpret normal and
    abnormal conditions discovered through assessment.
  5. Skilled in understanding client lifestyle choices with respect to diet,
    exercise, breathing, sleep, and relationships and the ability to make
    appropriate suggestions for homework (such as dietary change, exercise,
    emotional and behavioral considerations, etc.) to create more health-promoting conditions in these areas.

Macrobiotic Shiatsu Criteria PDF

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