The Shiatsu and Yoga School, SYM (Shiatsu Yoga Mediterraneo) is based in Britain and offers professional training in Zen Shiatsu and Yoga, in the form of professional diploma courses up to practitioner level, along with workshops and holidays, in France, Greece, Sweden and Italy.
SYM (Shiatsu Yoga Mediterraneo Ltd) was founded by Gerry Rixen in 1997, with the aim of introducing the tremendous benefits as well as the enjoyment of giving and receiving Shiatsu to the wider public, even on a simple non-professional level.
SYM's second objective is to provide professional training for future practitioners. SYM therefore based it's curriculum on the Shiatsu Society's requirements but also taking other European Federations' curricula into consideration; such as the FIS (Federazione Italiana Shiatsu) and the APSE (Asociacion de Profesionales de Shiatsu in Spain). SYM works in association with Holismos in Italy professional training in various major cities.
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Shiatsu is a healing art derived from traditional Japanese and Chinese massage systems. In Japan it is officially recognised as a therapy.
In Shiatsu we work essentially with our hands, fingers and thumbs (but sometimes also with forearms and knees) to stimulate the receiver's vital energy, Qi or Prana. In this way it is possible to work on all physical, physiological as well as emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the receiver.
Shiatsu is therefore very effective as many problems and illnesses manifest on several levels simultaneously.
Considered at a simple level, a Shiatsu treatment will induce profound relaxation helping the receiver get more deeply in touch with his own inner being. This in itself can sometimes be enough to bring about profound changes.
Shiatsu can be very effective in treating postural or muscular problems, as well as respiratory, cardiac, digestive, hormonal, nervous, skin, or genito-urinal complaints, in addition to psychological issues ranging from stress to anxiety, emotional trauma, fear, depression, etc.
For those interested in studying Shiatsu, it is not just a case of acquiring a great skill but also a form of self-development. Indeed it is not sufficient to develop and improve only theoretical and technical aspects of Shiatsu but empathy, awareness and intuition are necessary in order to experience and work with energy in a truly holistic manner.
Yoga is essentially a method of self development or self improvement of each individual's physical, mental, intellectual, emotional and spiritual capacities. Regular practice develops our body, conscience and levels of perception. This can be developed by tuning into and opening up our own energy centres, known as chakras.
Many people have now realised that our scientific age has not brought us the inner happiness we secretly crave despite its breathtaking advances in so many fields and the comforts and leisure that come in its wake, at least for those fortunate enough to have access to these.
However yoga is essentially "scientific" since it is based on a deep understanding of people's fundamental needs; not just basic material needs, but physical and mental health issues as well as emotional, philosophical and spiritual issues.
It is for this reason that yoga contains elements that address problems on every level :
For information about our Yoga holidays, please see our dedicated site Holidayoga.com.
Do-In is a Japanese system of exercises, which like Hatha Yoga is concerned with circulating vital energy (prana or ki) in the body.
Do-In includes exercises to circulate energy in the meridian system, strengthening the internal organs and the nervous system and keeping the joints open. Do-In exercises also help with improving posture and the body's alignment. It also includes a system of self massage.
Do-In exercises are an integral part of a Zen Shiatsu apprenticeship.