Founded in 1986, the International Macrobiotic Shiatsu Society (I.M.S.S.) is dedicated to spreading natural complementary and alternative healing techniques to maintain and to regain health.

Dear Friends,

It is with great sadness that we bring you this news. Patrick McCarty, gently left this Earth on January 18, 2008. Fortunately, it was a very peaceful and quiet passing.

In his short 60 years, Patrick made his special mark on hundreds of people who over time have multiplied to thousands. His thirst for knowledge was insatiable, as he was both a master teacher to many and a constant student of life. Patrick McCarty traveled the globe like most of us drive across town, with numerous visits to Japan and Europe. Annual pilgrimages to Mexico to brush up his Spanish and recent visits to China and India to explore the spiritual lore of master teachers there. With every visit to a foreign country and every lesson learned at workshops he attended, Patrick brought new life and new information to his work.

Whether experiencing Patrick's work as a student or as a client, we all were blessed with Patrick's many gifts. His ability to make us feel at home and to make us feel understood was remarkable and Patrick's talent for bringing people together in community was amazing.

In addition to all his impressive achievements in the world, Patrick was a loving husband and devoted father. Vashon and Kean will dearly miss him.

Patrick meant so much to so many people and those who knew him were also special to him. We all know how many lives he touched during a life that was far too short.

While this website will have infrequent updates, his books and cds are still available for purchase here.

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20-Minute Shiatsu by Yamamoto & McCarty Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.

Beginner's Guide to Shiatsu by Patrick McCarty Support independent publishing: buy this book on Lulu.

Macrobiotic Shiatsu Workbook by Yamamoto & McCarty

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What is Macrobiotic Shiatsu..?

The origin of the Japanese word "shiatsu" is not certain. Over the centuries, information that makes up the shiatsu techniques was gathered through trial and error. The healing techniques that are fundamental to shiatsu probably originated in ancient China, and later came to Japan. Shiatsu is a synthesis of Judo principles, Do-In (self massage), and ancient massage. The first syllable in shiatsu, shi means fingers and the second, atsu indicates pressure. Therefore, shiatsu means "to apply pressure on the body with the fingers." more..>