Antigoni Tsegeli is president of the Hellenic Shiatsu Society. She tells us the following about Shiatsu in Greece.

Shiatsu was introduced in Greece by the Belgian acupuncturist Maria Charlet. Maria decided to come and live in Greece in 1974. She worked together with a homeopathic doctor, who used to be quite well-known at the time. Together they introduced shiatsu to their clients. They combined their different methods, enhancing the clients healing process by the Shiatsu touch.

Text: Antigoni Tsegeli  |  English: Adeline Kuiken

Since the ‘90s, three schools have been operating that offer shiatsu degrees and employ shiatsu teachers. These teachers have been trained in England at the European Shiatsu School and the Shiatsu College. Zen Shiatsu is the main taught direction.

In 2000, the Hellenic Shiatsu Society (HSS) was established. It is still going strong today. The HSS is a small but active society. It is highly interested in promoting and developing Shiatsu for its recognition as widely as possible. The Society strives to ensure the proper practice of shiatsu in Greece, enabling its members to have a clear framework for their practice.

The HSS is member of the European Shiatsu Federation. Like the other European associations, it has a passion for shiatsu. The HSS helps working towards regulating the profession, setting up training qualifications across Europe and supporting Research.

Shiatsu practitioners receive a high standard of education and develop their professional skills by attending seminars by renowned teachers from Europe, who regularly visit Greece, or by attending the European Shiatsu Congress or other seminars abroad.

Shiatsu in (public) health care

Members of the HSS have a keen interest in volunteer work. They practice shiatsu in hospitals and other health-care fields, and work for example with groups like the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF). There is a regular team of practitioners giving shiatsu treatments at Ippokrateio Public Hospital. The anaesthesiologists from the department of Chronic Pain Relief support complementary therapies like shiatsu. The action began 4 years ago for 3 days per week. The recognition of the effects of shiatsu were big and now they run the volunteer work every day as more practitioners are participating. There is even a want for expansion. Working with the MSF was a bit more complicated. It started 2 years ago for the doctors and people that are participating in their different programs. The doctors keep moving a lot and the connection with the coordinators needs updating all the time. 

We believe that doing voluntary work is a good way for the promotion of shiatsu at a national level.

It boosts the awareness of shiatsu and contributes to the process of achieving professional regulation for shiatsu practitioners in all European countries.

The HSS is always open to sharing experiences with passionate colleagues and spreading the Essence of Shiatsu throughout the world.

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