Explore the Ohashiatsu® training courses
The Ohashiatsu training courses are split in two levels: Basic and Professional level. Each level offers various modules that need to be completed in order to advance to the next level.
Here's the breakdown of the levels:
Basic Level (Certificate):
- Beginning 1: fluidity and inner strength
- Beginning 2: the five elements
- Intermediate 1: diagnosis of Hara and inner stretching
Professional Level (Specialisation):
- Intermediate 2: meridian psychology and the Masunaga system
- Advanced 1: Masunaga study and free movement
- Advanced 2: advanced techniques with Ohashi
Beginning 1: fluidity and inner strength
In the First Level Beginners the fundamental principles of Ohashiatsu are learnedin their application to body work and to every aspect of life: to be natural ... to have respect ... to be present ... to be continuous ... to use two hands. The benefits are immediate as you become calmer, more centered and learn to accept yourself and others better.
We will study:
- How to feel the life force or Qi energy flowing in the body
- The Yin and the Yang
- How to locate the 12 meridians throughout the body
- How to locate and understand the use of some important tsubos of each meridian (acupuncture points)
- The fundamental movement in Ohashiatsu and the use of the right posture
- Techniques in the supine and prone position
At the end of the course you are able to practice a complete basic treatment.Wear comfortable clothing that allows movement.
The basics of Eastern Diagnosis: setting the diagnosis
This 12-hour course allows you to learn to observe the human being and hismicrocosm-macrocosm relationship from a different point of view. The purpose ofthe curriculum is to create a better understanding of the principles of Eastern diagnosis and to develop the ability to read the body and make a diagnosis. According to Ohashi, the information is already there and you just need to learnhow to read it.
- Understanding the lack of balance
- Constitution and condition
- The 4 types of TCM Diagnosis (Bo-Shin, Mon-Shin, Bun-Shin andSetsu-Shin)
- Reading of the face, observation of the tongue, listening to the wrists
- How to take anamnesis and collect information for case studies
Beginning 2: The five elements
In the Second Level we understand the "why" of working with specific meridians
and present the theory of the Five Energy Transformations or Five Elements, Fire,
Earth, Metal, Water and Wood.
Our appearance, our habits, our preferences oridiosyncrasies, our emotions and attitudes are examples of our effort to remain in harmony with the Five Transformations that are in nature and within us at all times. The meridians and acupuncture points are studied in more depth and techniques are learned in the lateral position.
We will also learn
- The Makko-Ho stretching exercises of the Five Elements which open the
relative meridians and balance the Qi energy
- The BO and YU points, diagnostic points that help us understand which
meridian most needs to be rebalanced
- The meridians of Conception Vessel and Governor Vessel
- How to treat the body in a lateral position
From the Beginners 2 onwards, students are followed in groups of 2 or 3 for private lessons that take place in addition to the hours of lessons held during the course. The content of each lesson is developed on the specific needs of each student and the areas that need to be strengthened.
Tutorials are recommended at each level of the course. Sometimes additional tutorials are required to improve the student's knowledge and ease before entering a higher level.
This is a theoretical course that introduces basic anatomy and physiology. It
includes the study of the musculoskeletal system, the structure of cells and tissues,
the nervous system, digestive system, respiratory system, urogenital system,
endocrine system, cardiovascular system.
Basic Level of Ohashiatsu®
The basic level of Ohashiatsu® consists of the following courses. All courses at this level must be completed before enrolling in the Professional Level
- Beginning 1
- The basics of Eastern Diagnosis
- Anatomy 1
- Beginning 2 + tutorial
- Intermediate 1 + Tutorial + Case Study
- 60 hours of practice classes
- private sessions
- written test
- practical exam
Intermediate 2: meridian psychology and the Masunaga system
During the Second Intermediate the Masunaga meridian extension system will be
introduced. Doctor Masunaga, a psychologist turned practitioner and teacher of
shiatsu and body techniques, found that the psychological and emotional aspects of
meridians manifest in parts of the body other than those shown by the traditional
By learning the extensions of the Masunaga meridians, you will be able to understand more deeply how physical situations can manifest themselves in the emotions and psyche, and how an emotional imbalance can produce physical
pain and disease.
- Extensions of the meridians, emotions and related behaviors
- The roots of Kyo and Jitsu and how they are formed in our life
- Study of personal characters
Eastern Diagnosis with Ohashi (course open to all students including the basic program)
The Eastern Diagnosis of Ohashi will teach you how to "read the body" to discover
the physical, mental and spiritual conditions in yourself and in others.
This 15-hour course allows you to observe the human and natural world with new eyes. Ohashi compares Eastern and Western methods with humor and sensitivity, and brilliantly outlines the precepts and apparent contradictions of Eastern Medicine in a
language understandable to all.
The deeper objective of the course is to present the unity of body, mind and spirit, emphasizing the fact that reconciling with one's weaknesses is just as important as using one's strengths.
In Anatomy 2 the shape and function of anatomy in relation to body systems are
examined in the context of the theory of the Five Energy Transformations.
Advanced 1: Masunaga study and free movement
In Advanced 1 the techniques and concepts of Ohashiatsu are refined and expanded. We will learn to practice micro and macro transitions during the treatment: from supine to prone, from lateral to prone etc., safely and effortlessly.
We will learn the treatment in a sitting position. The program is completed by the
use of the four diagnostic methods of observation and the analysis of the structure
of the body using the theory of Kyo and Jitsu. During the course there will be a
practical application seminar.
Advanced 2: advanced techniques with Ohashi
Advanced 2 is a very challenging and challenging course. As it is also the final
course, it should be considered as another learning experience rather than the last
Try to think of it like all other courses, a place to learn what you need to improve. Of course, it is important that you are, and feel, prepared for this course. But remember that studying lasts a lifetime and it will take many years and many more before you feel more than just a beginner - and rightly so.
Among the new techniques learned at this level: meridian muscle toning, sedation, new diagnostic methods, moxibustion, and how to treat the neck with a foulard. Application
seminars, case studies and private lessons form the outline of the advanced courses,
which conclude with a written exam and a practical exam with Ohashi.
Master Ohashi will teach the 2nd Advanced Level:
Assisted by a Senior teacher, he personally assesses each student through the private lesson and the exam.
4 sessions with COI or COC
A minimum of 4 treatments received since the Ohashiatsu professional level has
been undertaken are required to obtain the diploma. An important aspect of learning Ohashiatsu techniques is receiving treatments from Certified Teachers
(COI) and Consultants (COCs).
The private sessions allow the student to “feel” the work and to learn directly through their own body. Receiving individual treatments from different Teachers makes it possible to understand differentiated approaches.
Minimum 90 hours of practice classes
For graduation, a minimum of 90 hours of guided practice is required from the
beginning of the professional level of Ohashiatsu. Guided practices are essential to
help students improve the techniques learned in the classroom.
The Teacher conducts an initial meditation and opening exercises and assists students with reviewing the techniques and maintaining correct posture as they work with each
Once the courses of the professional program have been completed, the practices
and treatments received requested during the last course, Advanced 2, each student
will take a written and a practical exam, directly with M ° Ohashi.
Ohashiatsu® Professional Level
To complete your professional level of Ohashiatsu you must complete the following:
- All courses of the Basic Level (Certificate)
- Intermediate 2 + Tutorial + Case study
- Anatomy 2
- Eastern Diagnosis with Ohashi
- Advance 1 + Tutorial + Case study
- Advance 2 + Tutorial + Practical exam +Case study
- 90 hours of practice classes
- 4 Private Session
- Written exam
- Practical exam with Ohashi