Macrobiotic Shiatsu

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The following books accurately describe the techniques recommended for study of Macrobiotic Shiatsu. They are endorsed by the I.M.S.S. While each book shares a common spirit of treating the receiver as a whole person, each book is unique in its technical information. All books can be purchased from on-line vendors (,,, etc.) or in major book stores. Barefoot Shiatsu video and Macrobiotic Shiatsu Workbook (book and CD) can be purchased directly from I.M.S.S.

Whole Health Shiatsu

-- Health and Vitality for Everyone (Currently Out-Of-Print)

The purpose of Whole Health Shiatsu is to introduce the dynamic application of dietary therapy into the realm of the natural manipulative healing arts. As most modern degenerative illnesses such as heart disease, arthritis, and cancer begin with improper eating, the solution must correctly address the source of the problem and not only the symptoms. The unique perspective of this book is that this combined therapy has never been bridged previously. This perspective of combining treatment and diet gives useful insight into the foundation of a problem and for its solution. Direct simple techniques are emphasized without a lot of esoteric or confusing theories. The basis of treatment is an intuition based on sound technical skill. This information is based on over thirty-five years experience. The natural state of humans is to be healthy. When people have become unhealthy, a return to simple methods will restore their natural healthy state. 303 pages. This book is out-of-print but will soon be back.

What's Been Said About Whole Health Shiatsu

"Shizuko Yamamoto (tranquility at the base of the mountain) guides one toward health in such a way that if she is absent you still continue to go toward it." --John Cage, world-renown composer

"Shizuko's work has had a profound healing effect on many people. She's not only remarkable, knowledgeable, and intuitive, she is caring and deeply sensitive to the specific needs and issues confronting the individuals under her care." --Olimpia Dukakis, Academy Award-winning Actress

"The work of Shizuko Yamamoto is that of healing. With her gift, she shows us the way to health." --Merce Cunningham, world-renown dancer

"A most definitive work. A must for anyone seriously interested in the role of macrobiotic shiatsu in the promotion of health and healing." --Martha Clayton Cottrell, M.D.

The Shiatsu Handbook

-- A Guide to the Traditional Art of Shiatsu Acupressure

by Shizuko Yamamoto and Patrick McCarty

This unique collection of acupressure techniques and natural healing remedies was designed to help you bring about immediate relief from a variety of pains and disorders. Easy-to-understand instructions and illustrations explain how to give a complete shiatsu treatment. Included are specific techniques for treating over 150 common ailments, from allergies to headaches and more.

276 pages 7 x 9-inch. Avery Publishing, ISBN 0-89529-714-0. $14.95

What's Been Said About The Shiatsu Handbook

"Shiatsu has such an incredible effect on the body... it's almost as fun to give as it is to receive." -- Mary Steenburgen, Academy Award-winning Actress

"This lean volume has helped me cut all the fat out of my teaching." -- Edward Spencer, Acupressure Institute, Berkeley

"The future of health care is in your hands. This book covers all the important preventative measures for health and healing." -- Michael Ingraham, M.D., Ph.D., B.Sc., Natural Health Center, Nassau, Bahamas

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Barefoot Shiatsu

--The Japanese Art of Healing the Body Through Massage

by Shizuko Yamamoto and Patrick McCarty

Shiatsu is the ancient art of acupressure massage that restores the harmony between the individual and the universe. Shizuko Yamamoto wants to share with you this healing art in her classic guide Barefoot Shiatsu. Yamamoto explains the basics of shiatsu-which literally means finger pressure- and how it heals by allowing the life force, or Ki, within all of us to flow freely. Traditional shiatsu utilizes only the hands and fingers of the person administering massage. Barefoot Shiatsu allows the use of the feet and toes for a more balanced, deeper massage. This encourages better posture for a longer period of time, which, in turn, allows deeper breathing, allowing the shiatsu practitioner to give a better, deeper massage. Barefoot Shiatsu not only teaches this form of massage, but discusses how individuals an help themselves become healthier and more in tune with the world around them through proper diet, exercise, meditation, and cultivation of self-reliance.

160 pages 7 1/2 x 9 3/16-inch. Avery Publishing, ISBN 0-89529-857-0. $12.95

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A Beginner's Guide to Shiatsu

-- Using Japanese Finger Pressure For the Relief of Headaches, Back Pain, and Hypertension

by Patrick McCarty

A Beginner's Guide to Shiatsu gives a concise explanation of the basics of shiatsu. You'll learn what shiatsu is, how it came about, and why and how it is used. With the help of easy-to-follow illustrations, the author shows you how to relieve headaches, back pain, stress, and other common ailments with shiatsu. In addition, he offers nutritional guidelines based upon the macrobiotic diet.

58 pages 6 x 9-inch. Avery Publishing, ISBN 0-89529-659-4. $6.95

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Macrobiotic Shiatsu Workbook

by Shizuko Yamamoto and Patrick McCarty

From the authors of Barefoot Shiatsu, The Shiatsu Handbook, and Whole Health Shiatsu comes an invaluable aid to understanding Macrobiotic Shiatsu. Finally, in one book, all the most useful charts and information to easily access the details of theory and technique including Traditional Chinese Medicine. This special compilation of valuable information on Macrobiotics, Shiatsu, and Chinese Medicine is now available. (To view portions of book download: Macrobiotic Shiatsu Workbook.) Contents include:

The perfect book to use for classes or while giving a treatment.

Spiral bound so the book lays flat, 8 1/2" x 11", 107 pages, $20 (members) $23 (non-members).

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Barefoot Shiatsu Video

From the author of Barefoot Shiatsu, The Shiatsu Handbook, and Whole Health Shiatsu. Learn to use your feet and hands to apply one of the easiest, most effective shiatsu treatment styles in the world. From ancient Japan to modern times simple finger pressue has been used to alleviate fatigue, aches, and pains. This time-tested art benefits both giver and receiver. Now you can learn this unique method at home.

50 minute video. $30. ($25 for IMSS members) To get your copy order Barefoot Shiatsu video direct from I.M.S.S.

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