Jürgen Westhoff (Switzerland)
Jürgen is the director of Shiatsu School in Kiental and teacher at Shiatsu school in Hamburg. Apart from being a Shiatsu teacher, he studied Cranio sacral therapy and Osteopathy. In combining these therapies, he is a bridge between Western and Complementary Medicin.
Osteopathic techniques in Shiatsu – the power of water element
The approach both in shiatsu and in osteopathy are essentially based on the ability of selfregulation of the body-system itself. In both methods a human being on all its levels is considered as unity in a holistic way. The main focus is to support strength and to mobilize resources, together with finding the roots of imbalances, which often not match with f.e. the obvious parts of pain of the body.
In shiatsu to a great extent we work with meridians and their functions, which opens all levels of human existence to us. In osteopathy, the concept is the idea of „life is movement – movement is life“ and „the form follows the function“. This is in a way a more physical approach as in shiatsu. At the same time experienced osteopaths work with similar parameters as we in shiastu: connections, fullness and voidness („kyo/jitsu“), providing space … In this respect it is easy to integrate osteopathic techniques into shiatsu, to connect both approaches in a fruitful way.
There are three systems, where osteopathy basically refers to: the moving system, the organs, and the cranio-sacral part: crane, sacrum, central nervous system and liquor.
In the cranial part the focus lays in the functional unity of cranium (head) and sacrum. They are connected via vertebras (bone-level), the spinal cord (central nervous system) and fluidity (liquor). Here we are in the middle of the functions of water element and its immens power and source of resilience.
In this workshop we dedicate ourselves through osteopathic techniques to the ressources of the water-element in the sacrum and cranium:
– introduction to essential osteopathic basics
– focussing on different physical levels as bones and their movements, sutures, meninges, fascia and the fluid level
– specific techniques for evaluation of imbalances in the cranial and sacral area
– unwinding technique