Bring in the new year - Learn Shiatsu's Introduction to shiatsu contains very important pointers that will help you learn the art of Shiatsu effectively; it also presents some important 'do's and don'ts' to consider when giving a Shiatsu treatment.

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Therefore it is strongly recommended that you read it carefully before proceeding to Part One.


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Governing Vessel

Governing Vessel and Conception Vessel The functions of all these organ systems are summarized below, and can be studied in more detail below. All the meridians, except the Governing Vessel and the Conception Vessel, have double channels that appear symmetrically on both the right and left of the body; when you treat them, you work on the channels on both sides. The Governing Vessel and the Conception Vessel have a single channel each, one running centrally down the front of the body, and the other running centrally down the back.
In fact, you have been working on almost all of the meridians already in the step-by-step sequence in Part One, and parts of them have appeared in the photographic superimpositions that showed you where to apply pressure. They have not been discussed in depth until now in order to encourage you to get an intuitive feeling for where to press, and to work with Ki in a tactile way, rather than being 'in the head' and using the mind too much.

Having practised the basic sequence, your Shiatsu technique will now be enhanced by having more detailed information about where to apply pressure, and about what the effects will be at the different points. Knowledge of the meridians also allows you to do specific treatment - for instance, if you know someone has weak intestines you can focus on that meridian - but it also makes it possible to get specific information about particular organs from what you detect from the state of the Ki in particular channels.

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