Mindfulness & the Art of Zen Shiatsu

Discover how to fine tune your inner creativity and express it through the artistry of healing touch.

Matt will open you to creatively expressing mindfulness techniques – in a way that helps others and yourself. Discover the heart of Zen Shiatsu – a Japanese form of massage centred on mindfulness. Shiatsu translates as finger pressure and is performed through the clothes. You can practice it on a futon on the ground, on a massage table, or in a chair.


Course Info

Traditionally, practitioners in Japan were blind and highly regarded for their incredible sensitivity and palpation skills, leading to a deep art form with health benefits for both giver and receiver.

You will practice giving and receiving Zen Shiatsu massage, emphasising mindfulness techniques that develop an empathetic connection with your inner nature and that of another human being.

Breath. Connecting with your whole body-mind. Intention. Levity. Intuition. Creativity.

Day One

Introducing five elements of increasing your sensitivity when performing a Zen Shiatsu massage.
Learning meridian stretches to begin to connect with your inner nature mindfully. Mediation.
Water Element (impetus): Using levity pressure to increase Shiatsu massage sensitivity.
Giving and Receiving a Zen Shiatsu massage with a focus on CORRECT LEVITY PRESSURE.

Day Two

Mindful meridian stretches. Meditation.
Metal Element (letting go) – mindfulness breathing techniques for enhancing Shiatsu massage sensitivity and relaxation of both giver and receiver.
Giving and receiving a Zen Shiatsu massage with a focus on MINDFULNESS BREATHING.

Day Three

Mindful meridian stretches. Meditation.
Wood Element (benevolence) – building mindful two-handed connection for enhancing Shiatsu massage sensitivity.
Giving and Receiving a Zen Shiatsu massage with a focus on TWO-HANDED CONNECTION.

Day Four

Mindful meridian stretches. Meditation.
Earth Element (empathy) – using intention to enhance Shiatsu massage sensitivity.
Giving and Receiving a Zen Shiatsu massage with a focus on using INTENTION.

Day Five

Mindful meridian stretches. Meditation.
Fire Element (body-mind) – using all the mindful Shiatsu massage techniques together under the coordination of the whole body-mind.
Giving and receiving a Zen Shiatsu massage using the WHOLE BODY MIND.

No prior experience required.

Please bring two clean towels and a cushion.

Matthew Sincock
Course Tutor

Matthew Sincock

Matt loves to help people create the space to discover their own self-healing and joy for life.

He draws on his training and practice in Zen Shiatsu, acupuncture, Okido Yoga, Qigong, Shotokan Karate, remedial massage, mindfulness, Japanese psychology, creative writing, and deep wilderness experiences.

He lives in Bellingen, with a successful therapeutic practice, and teaches Yoga, Qigong, and first aid.