For the first time, an expert in the Asian art of finger-pressure massage shifts the practice of shiatsu from the floor to the massage table--increasing the comfort of the patient, conserving the energy of the therapist, and augmenting the effects of the treatment. Skillfully integrating current Western scientific research with traditional energetic concepts and techniques of shiatsu, Carl Dubitsky provides a new perspective on this ancient healing art. His analysis of the muscular anatomy of the points and pathways is unique in Western literature, making shiatsu techniques more accessible and comprehensible to health professionals and bodyworkers of all schools.
BodyWork Shiatsu grounds its discussion of shiatsu in a thorough review of traditional Asian medical theory, explaining the concepts of yin and yang, the five elements, and the flow of life energy, qi, along with the meridians of the body. These concepts form the basis of the health professional's approach to examination and treatment. The heart of the book contains detailed instructions in applying shiatsu to the massage table--from basic finger technique to choosing equipment--with specific recommendations for treating each part of the body. The fruit of the author's many years of immersion in both Eastern and Western systems of massage, BodyWork Shiatsu is an invaluable aid to all those interested in advanced applications of shiatsu as well as those wishing to incorporate basic principles of finger-pressure massage into their health-care practice.
Director of the Healthsprings Clinic in Boulder, Colorado, Carl Dubitsky has studied and practiced shiatsu, Amma, and martial arts massage for more than 20 years under such widely known Asian masters as Koichi Nakamura, Eizo Ninomiya, DoAnn T. Kaneko, and Soo Se Cho, in addition to studies at the Swedish Institute for Medical Massage in New York City and advanced work with Owen James, an original student of Ida Rolf. He is certified by the American Oriental Bodywork Therapy Association.
"A well-reseached and thoughtful bridge between bodywork and modern medicine. . . its thoroughness and precision provide the depth of concrete information that is missing from virtually all other works."
– Dean Juhan, author of Job's Body
"Carl Dubitsky brings compassion and expertise to his therapeutic and educational endeavors. His work is powerful and effective."
– Robert K. King, Past President, American Massage Therapy Assoc.
"A monumental effort and a 'must read' text for professional practitioners of Oriental bodywork therapy or massage therapists interested in Oriental bodywork therapy. The book is meticulously researched, and very well-written in fabulous detail with cited sources."
– Massage Magazine
"Packed with valuable information presented in a clear, concise, and useful manner, Bodywork Shiatsu takes the mystery out of energy work. A well-researched and thoughtful bridge between body work and modern medicine and between the mutually supportive truths of ancient and modern sciences. It is a significant exploration into the concrete anatomical, physiological, and neurological reasons why shiatsu in particular--and bodywork in general--can be such effective therapeutic tools."