WHAT IS OHASHIATSU®?
The Ohashiatsu® is a method of toning and healing contact that gives energy, relieves tension and fatigue. Studying Ohashiatsu® means starting a journey of self-discovery and self-healing.
Developed by master Ohashi over the years of practice, teaching and observation of human nature, Ohashiatsu® incorporates contact techniques, movement, meditation and philosophy of oriental care. The courses and treatments of Ohashiatsu® are truly holistic experiences, involving at the level of body, mind and spirit.
Ohashiatsu® has its roots in oriental bodily techniques, in which pressure is applied to parts of the body to relieve pain, tension, fatigue and other symptoms. Instead of focusing on pressure at specific points used in acupuncture, Ohashiatsu® emphasizes feeling and working with the overall flow of energy throughout the body and allowing it to follow its natural impulse to healing, following not only the patterns of meridians, but with the involvement of all the components that make up the person. The quality of a treatment depends not only on the practitioner's technical ability, but also on the qualities of empathy, compassion and respect, qualities that are at the heart of Ohashiatsu® courses and treatments.
The primary difference between Ohashiatsu® and traditional shiatsu and other massage methods is the maintenance and improvement of posture, movement and well-being of the treatment. When you give Ohashiatsu®, you feel energized and regenerated by the way your body moves and how your Ki energy strengthens because you are meditating while you work.
About Sensei Ohashi
In Japanese the name “Ohashi” means “big bridge” –
the perfect symbol for someone who has devoted his life to bringing Eastern modes of healing to the West. The originator of Ohashiatsu®/OHASHI Method®, Ohashi’s modality is a unique method of healing touch cultivated and based on ancient principles of meridian energy manipulation, traditional shiatsu (acupressure), Oriental medicine, Japanese martial arts and Zen philosophy. Ohashi continues to bridge the cultural gap between East and West, and between past and present, by demonstrating the continuing relevance of traditional healing therapies to contemporary society.Ohashi’s experience with traditional oriental healing began in his infancy. Born in 1944, near Hiroshima, Japan, his weak constitution made him vulnerable to illness. As a young child his strength was restored and is maintained by healing techniques central to his teachings. Believing that the Eastern concept of health can benefit 21st century men and women, Ohashi has dedicated himself to the teaching and practice of this philosophy.
Ohashi came to the United States in 1970 after completing Chuo University and studying with different teachers of Eastern healing theory and therapies. In Washington, D.C., he became the first shiatsu therapist at the Watergate Health club, where some of the nation’s leaders became his clients, but his interest in education motivated him to start teaching.
He moved to New York City where he founded the Shiatsu Education Center of America, which eventually became the Ohashi Institute. From 1974 to 2011 the Institute offered a complete study program and graduated thousands of students in Ohashi’s method of shiatsu.
He is the author of Do-It-Yourself Shiatsu; Zen Shiatsu, with Masunaga; Reading the Body: Ohashi’s Book of Oriental Diagnosis; Beyond Shiatsu: Ohashi’s Bodywork Method; Natural Childbirth, The Eastern Way and Touch For Love: Shiatsu for Your Baby.
He has also produced 12 educational DVDs.
His clients have included Seiji Ozawa, Giovanni Agnelli, Dr. Henry Kissinger, Muhammad Ali, Liza
Minnelli, Japanese Prime Minister Masayoshi Ōhira and Martha Graham among other. Ohashi says he learns from his clients and his students and feels honored to know all of them.
more info: www.ohashi.com