Joyce Vlaarkamp (The Netherlands)
Joyce Vlaarkamp (1959) trained in Iokai Shiatsu by Sasaki Kazunori, graduated in 1987. She studied Japanese acupuncture (Toyohari) in Japan and founded the Zen Shiatsu School in Amsterdam in 1996.
She is redefining Zen Shiatsu since meeting Masunaga Haruhiko, and organises postgraduate courses in shiatsu, pols technique and moxa.
The inner landscape and its modalities
In our shiatsu trade we work with the inner landscape as opposed to Western medicine who work with the outer body. The beautiful thing about it, it is always abundant and complete. Naturally, there are fases of yin and yang, waxing and waning with the seasons and life in general. Periodes of stress or fatique might result in kyo and jitsu: the under- and over tonus of the general ki or of some specific organ ki, but that can be regulated with our meridian system. Using this approach we tend not to interprete signs and symptoms as sickness but more as phases in adaptation to life. If we are looking for a stable but flexible adaptive way to maintain our utmost ki, shiatsu is one of the most beautiful approaches i can think of.