This course is intended for beginners as well as those who already have a shiatsu practice and want to deepen their knowledge.
The teaching will be adapted to theparticipants and will be given with an Eastern approach. Sasaki Senseï willintroduce katas (traditional sequences) as well as the study of meridians.
Founded in the past century by Masunaga Senseï, the Iokai Shiatsu (shi: fingers and atsu: pressure) is a relatively young Japanese technique.
Its sources, however, go very far back. Tuina, a traditional Chinese body technique dating back to about 2700 BC,is considered the mother of shiatsu. This is why the principles of TraditionalChinese Medicine, Yin and Yang, the study of the 5 elements and the acupuncture points remain closely linked to shiatsu.
Through his pragmatic research, MasunagaSenseï codified the use of meridians and developed a therapeutic approach that became recognised in Japan, then in the West and in the East.
Shiatsu is traditionally practiced on the floor and fully dressed. It involves exerting pressure with the fingers, palms, forearms, elbows, and knees on the energetic meridians of the body, as well as on the main points (tsubos).
The meridians are the subtle paths for the circulation of vital energy(the Ki, in Japanese) and form a link between the surface of the body and the deep organs. Shiatsu also includes a wide variety of gentle mobilizations of the body joints.
Iokai Shiatsu is an art that is distinguished from a simple manual technique by the fact that it engages the psychic and physical wholeness (spirit-body) of the practitioner and the recipient.
The quality of this communication is one of the essential points of Iokai Shiatsu in which the term “touching life” lies. Sasaki Senseï was deeply touched by these aspects during his collaboration with Masunaga Senseï, and it is the heart of this approach that he teaches in Europe.
The number of places is limited to 35 people. The course will be held with a minimum of 10 participants.
He is the founder of Iokai Meridian Shiatsu in Europe and the president of the Association for Iokai Shiatsu Europe(AISE). After his travels to India and China in order to develop a deep understanding of Eastern spiritual thinking, he worked for a long time at the Iokai Center in Tokyo.
He assisted Masunaga Senseï in his practical and theoretical teaching of shiatsu. In 1981 Sasaki Senseï arrived in Europe to teach Iokai Shiatsu and continue his research on the spirit and the knowledge of traditional oriental medicine through shiatsu.
Sasaki Senseï has trained practitioners and teachers in several European countries for more than 35 years.
It is suggested to be dressed in comfortable clothes for the workshop.
Saturday, 18 April 2020 (arrival)
Sunday to Friday 19 to 24 April 2020
Note : Wednesday 22nd April afternoon is free for participants to visit Marrakesh (cultural and historical sites as well as the souk)
Saturday, 25 April 2020 (departure)
Participants who wish to extend their stay after the workshop can contact us for further details and prices.
Bab Zouina is an ode to nature.
The workshop will take place in Bab Zouina, a beautiful traditional Moroccan villa situated in the Ourika Valley (30 km from Marrakesh) in a magnificent property surrounded by olive trees.
Far from urban stress, Bab Zouina has kept an authentic and serene spirit, respectful of the environment.
The main house is ecologically built with cut stone and the new buildings with natural mud bricks. The material used is entirely traditional: tadellakt on the wall, zellij on the floor and cedar and acacia for the woodwork.
The estate is full of terraces and peaceful places to recharge your batteries. The botanical and aromatic gardens surrounding the property give the place a poetic charm and invite to a gentle meditation.
The amazing Swedish artist and landscape designer, Catharina von Unge, conceived and designed the ornamental garden surrounding the property. She managed to combine British aesthetic taste with rusticity and simplicity of the place.
With the Mexican corner and its incredible varieties of cactuses, Catharinadares hints at the Majorelle garden by Yves Saint Laurent and the neighboring garden by André Heller.
All meals are cooked with fresh local produce. You will be served 3 meals/day - the meals are prepared with local products and fresh bread is baked daily in a traditional earth oven. The Moroccan cuisine is a delight in itself.
Meals are served on low tables (Berber style). Fruits, mineral water, coffee & tea available.