Finding Spirit in Zen Shiatsu by Kris Deva North

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by Kris Deva North
Founder of the Zen School of Shiatsu
with illustrations in Zen painting

First published 2006: 188 pages paperback A5
E-version Revised and Refreshed November 2014

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"At last a book that tells me how to live in the spirit of zen AND helps me make my living at shiatsu in the real world. Thank you!"
Mr PH, London

"Helpful and inspiring"
Ali Nightingale, Hay House

"I laughed and cried, remembered and recognised, found it exciting and inspiring. Thank You! And I am VERY glad that I did my first training at the Zen school of shiatsu."
Miss GB, Norway

Review by Paul McCann:
Finding Spirit in Zen Shiatsu is an enjoyable and inspiring read. I found this to be a welcome retreat to go for inspiration. Kris Deva North blends an enjoyable mix of anecdotes from his travels, to hara diagnoses and five element theories.

North founded the Zen School of Shiatsu in London and has been involved in healing work since the 1970s. He has a wealth of experience including appearing on UK national television demonstrating Taoist healing and tantric practices and a documentary of his work.

The reader joins North as he travels the globe and learns from Masters in Japan, Africa, Nepal, Hawaii and Australia. After too many mushrooms and too much partying, North cleans up his act and focuses more intently on his shiatsu practice and commences what turns into the Zen School of Shiatsu.

North challenges the shiatsuka (shiatsu therapist) to throw away the textbooks and allow intuition to flow. He describes his experiences of being mentored by Takeo Suzuki in Tokyo. Suzuki states after observing North's shiatsu practice that '…you do it like a mechanic…when you lose connection with the body, you lose connection with…spirit…in shiatsu awareness is sensitivity…Empty your mind of all that learning…'

North realizes that 'Memorising symptoms and pushing points were of this world; seeing into the essence a step into spirit.'

One aspect of this book's usefulness lies in challenging the shiatsu practitioner to contemplate their own shiatsu practice. Where are we at with it? Are we allowing ourselves to flow and find the spirit in our shiatsu practice?

North is obviously very passionate when it comes to his healing work and teaching. This is illustrated by the amount of valuable information in this book, which includes case study guidelines, coping with assessments and how to make your living doing what you love.

Overall, this easy-to-read accessible book is useful for anyone interested in shiatsu, from beginner to practitioner to teacher.
Pointers, Journal of the Shiatsu Therapy Association of Australia, Spring 2007

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