LONDON SEIKI SHIATSU WORKSHOP with Tzvika Sensei - Day 3


I have completed Level 1 of Seiki Shiatsu (5 x workshops) and passed the assessment of the side position ‘Kata’. At the next workshop, I will have two more assessments (Tsubo specific treatment & ‘Aiki'). And I will start learning Level 2 Seiki Shiatsu. EXCITING! I have studied and trained in different styles of Shiatsu, Thai massage and other bodyworks. Still, Seiki Shiatsu is the only one I feel I want to continue learning and practising.

Tzvika Sensei has been practising and teaching only Shiatsu for over 35 years. He has never wanted to do anything else and is never bored with Shiatsu. The more he practices Shiatsu, his awareness becomes deeper and discovers new things, and it is never-ending. He always says learning never stops, and he is never satisfied. Once you are satisfied with what you are, you stop growing.


I’m looking forward to the next workshop in April!



For more information on Seiki Meridian Shiatsu: It is a Japanese traditional medical Shiatsu, acupressure therapy, developed by Tzvika Calisar. Tzvika Sensei/teacher, currently based in Israel, has over thirty-five years of experience in practising and teaching Shiatsu. He lived in Japan, studied, practised and taught various styles of Shiatsu for over a decade. He frequently travels to teach Seiki Shiatsu worldwide including Europe and the UK. The workshop takes place every three months in London.


Dates for the London workshop in 2020: April 24-26 July 24-26 October 9-11For information on Seiki Meridian Shiatsu, visit https://www.seikishiatsu.orgFor workshops in London, contact me. Eri Ito seikishiatsu.uk@gmail.com









LONDON SEIKI MERIDIAN SHIATSU WORKSHOP with Tzvika Sensei


Day 1: We reviewed the side position sequence ‘kata’. In the lecture, Tzvika Sensei talked about the main difference between the two ways of oriental medicine diagnosis which are;


1. Analytical: diagnosis based on the theoretical knowledge such as the theory of acupuncture points and channels with exact anatomical location, and symptomatic pattern differentiation of diseases (e.g. TCM, acupuncture)


2. Intuitive: By developing the sensitivity to Qi so that the practitioner becomes able to visualise Meridians/channels, thus, able to diagnose and treat the patient accordingly (just like the old masters in China used to do thousands of years ago). And it is the Seiki Shiatsu method.


Tzvika Sensei explains how the diagnosis which relies on logic and analysis (TCM) alone cannot make the practitioners reach a higher level at their skills in healing and treatment. I am going to write about it in a later post.Tzvika Sensei says, 'I cannot teach you how to find Meridians, but I can teach you how to develop the sensitivity so that you can visualise and reach them in everyone.’]


For more information on Seiki Meridian Shiatsu: It is a Japanese traditional medical Shiatsu 🇯🇵, acupressure therapy, developed by Tzvika Calisar. Tzvika Sensei/teacher, currently based in Israel, has over thirty-five years of experience in practising and teaching Shiatsu. He lived in Japan, studied, practised and taught various styles of Shiatsu for over a decade. He frequently travels to teach Seiki Shiatsu worldwide including Europe and the UK. 🌎 ✈️The workshop takes place every three months in London.🇬🇧


Dates for the London workshop in 2020: January 24-26 April 24-26 July 24-26 October 9-11For information on Seiki Meridian Shiatsu, visit https://www.seikishiatsu.org For workshops in London, contact me. Eri Ito seikishiatsu.uk@gmail.com







During the workshop Master(Sensei) Tzvika described his experience of practising Buddhism in the past. Tzvika Sensei wanted to become egoless and a ‘better’ person by exerting himself rigorously to strict Buddhism of chanting and praying for hundreds of times every day. Despite his devotion, he felt he was becoming even more egoistic, ‘maniac’, self-centred, and felt worse.


What he was trying to say here is that always striving to be ‘better’ or ‘spiritual’ by strictly following ‘spiritual practices’ to remove ego will not automatically make you 'better', egoless or enlightened. Because the ego is part of us and it is not ‘bad’ or ‘evil’. The ego itself is neutral. We need the ego to survive in this world to deal with all the practical matters in daily life. Wanting to be ‘egoless’ or ‘better person’ is still the ego’s desire, and without ego, nothing can be accomplished in this physical world. Tzvika Sensei explains that ego is also the fuel for action.


Tzvika Sensei explains this clearly with an example of a rocket. The fuel or propellant of the rocket has the power to go beyond the Earth’s gravity. Once ignited, the propellant creates enough thrust to get into space from Earth. When the rocket reaches space, the fuel/propellant is no longer needed, thus detached and released from the rocket.


This can also apply to the Tsubo treatment of Seiki Shiatsu.


1. We need to have an intention to awaken the internal healing force within the patient, which comes from our ego and is the necessary first step; we have a clear purpose/intention (ego) to find Tsubo/Seiki point in the patient by connecting with our own Seiki which resides in our own heart (not the actual patient). In the Seiki method, we do not look for Tsubo/Seiki points by physically searching, palpating or trying to locate anatomically. Instead, we tune into it within ourself first and 'see' it in our heart (I know, it is difficult to understand its concept by words. You need to experience it).


2. Once we identify the zone, which is the area where all Meridians pass, we try to find the exact Tsubo/Seiki points within the zone. Tsubo could be found on any Meridian, but they can be felt only by the right intention (awakening the internal healing force) and correct application of Seiki method (correct angle, direction, posture, the focus of gaze, the movement centred around the hara/abdomen, etc.)


3. Once we find the Seiki point/Tsubo, we express our heart towards the Tsubo by deepening the pressure slightly and angling accurately. Because Tsubo is the expression of our life force, by stimulating and releasing it by the correct application of pressure with clear intension, our internal healing force is awakened; thus, healing takes place within the patient.


4. At this point, we need to let go of our intention (ego = fuel/propellant used for launching the rocket is no longer needed). It is the domain/world of Qi/Ki, and at this stage, you need to let go of your ego and intention entirely and stay connected to Seiki and just observe. The sensation of Ki/Qi felt through Tsubo could be described as below: - something is pushing against your thumb - something is melting under your thumb And there are many layers and depths to the levels of Qi/Ki, and it is never-ending as the healing becomes deeper.


* Seiki meaning 'life force or vital energy', is the state of primordial energy before it divides to Yin and Yang. Therefore, Seiki contains, transcends and unifies the two opposing forces of Yin and Yang, thus everything.


Seiki Shiatsu method is systematic, thorough and needs to be precise. It requires the practitioner's multiple aspects of focus and skills such as intention (mind& heart), posture (physicality), the movement centred around the hara/abdomen (like Japanese martial art), the singly-focused gaze (mind & eyes). And Seiki Shiatsu practitioners are encouraged to practice Aiki (the exercise based on Japanese martial art, Aikido) to cultivate the sensitivity to Qi and the correct use of their body), and internal work such as meditation or self-development to develop awareness within.

The teachings are mainly practical with some lectures interspersed between practices. Tzvika Sensei pays attention to each student, and his instruction is tailored to their individual needs at their level. So anyone can join the workshop at any level anytime. The workshop is filled with lots of laughter with Tzvika Sensei's humour and jokes, but also intense learning and healing can take place. I have attended four workshops so far, and there has never been a dull moment!


For more information on Seiki Meridian Shiatsu: It is a Japanese traditional medical Shiatsu 🇯🇵, acupressure therapy, developed by Tzvika Calisar. Tzvika Sensei/teacher, currently based in Israel, has over thirty-five years of experience in practising and teaching Shiatsu. He lived in Japan, studied, practised and taught various styles of Shiatsu for over a decade. He frequently travels to teach Seiki Shiatsu worldwide including Europe and the UK. 🌎 ✈️

The workshop takes place every three months in London. 🇬🇧

Dates for the London workshop in 2020: January 24-26 April 24-26 July 24-26 October 9-11

For information on Seiki Meridian Shiatsu, visit https://www.seikishiatsu.org For workshops in London, contact me. Eri Ito seikishiatsu.uk@gmail.com



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