Zen School of Shiatsu

Anatomy Physiology & Pathology Assignment:

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Zen School of Shiatsu

Shiatsu Coursework

Shiatsu Reading List

Shiatsu Diploma

HEALTH WARNING: spending more than 3 hours on an assignment can seriously damage your enthusiasm. In the early stages of learning you might not get much done in 3 hours but do have patience with yourself. It will come

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A friend asks you if shiatsu can help with: PREMENSTRUAL SYNDROME

What are the symptoms and organic changes of their condition?

What tsubos might help relieve their symptoms?

What do you think might be the underlying elemental imbalance?

What related organ/meridian network governs this anatomical system?

What might be the related or local meridians, and why do you think so?

Would you describe the condition as more kyo or more jitsu?

What might be your treatment approach?

How would you explain to your friend this condition in terms of energy-flow and elemental imbalances?

What suggestions/recommendations might you make if your friend asks how they could share in their own healing – for example, life-style, diet, habits, exercise, meditation, other therapies?

How would your responses differ for other conditions of the same system, and should any be contra-indicated?

dysmenorrhea, amenhorrhea, fibroids, herpes, endometriosis, mastitis, PID, miscarriage, infertility, vaginitis (eg thrush), vaginismus, frigidity, menorrhagia, eclampsia, knowledge of
symptoms associated with menopause, premenstrual syndrome, salpingitis (inflammation of ovarian tubes)

Can you think of any tsubos helpful for inducing late menstruation?

Which anatomical systems are involved in breast-feeding and how does it work?

How would you describe

the process of menstruation, including ovulation, hormone control and changes in the uterus

how the uterus responds to arousal

the process of pregnancy from conception to birth including

changes in anatomy, hormones and blood supply

development of the foetus

stages of labour

How might Shiatsu affect these processes?

Which of the "Required Tsubos" are contra-indicated and at what stages? Which ones might be helpful at birth?

What might you use BL67 for?

When would you NOT use GB21? why not?


The Intermediate Diploma Assessment Requirement is for you to be able to explain, in everyday language as if to a friend with no knowledge of anatomy, the four following aspects of this system:

  • Components and Structure
  • How it works
  • Interaction with other Systems
  • What happens when it breaks down?

For Professional Licence Assessment you may be asked to explain anything from this assignment using anatomical/medical terminology – “as if on the telephone to a Latin-speaking Doctor!”

Module Completion: please have your Tutor validate the following

ASSIGNMENT COMPLETED:__________________date & stamp

TUTORIAL ATTENDED_______________________date & stamp

PRACTICAL ATTENDED:_____________________date & stamp

LEARNING-TREATMENTS...........................attach for stamping

What have you learned about yourself from this Assignment?