Philippe Vandenabeele (Belgium)
With 30 years of clinical and teaching experience, Philippe has consolidated his knowledge, insights and practical experience to develop his own unique approach: the Shinzui Bodywork Method.
He is a recognised Shiatsu teacher: he ran a Shiatsu school for 12 years in Sweden, and has been the director of the Shinzui Shiatsu in Belgium since 2006.
The Art of Ampuku abdominal Shiatsu
“Every living being that resides in the cosmos is animated by the ceaseless flow of ki, or life force. Because of this, even a small degree of stagnation can cause illness,…” From the Ampuku Zukai by Shinzai Ota, a Japanese pre-modern book on how to treat the abdomen, a book that is referred to as being at the origin of what later became Shiatsu.
Ampuku or traditional Japanese abdominal treatment is an effective and highly refined form of manual treatment. Shiatsu masters Shinzuto Masunaga and Tamai Tempaku both referred to Ampuku in their books. They saw Ampuku is an important part of Shiatsu that could contribute enormously towards helping the critically ill and those patients who require calm but penetrating manipulation.
Shiatsu practitioners are well aware of the Hara as our powerhouse and energetic centre that has a huge impact on our overall well-being and vitality. As we know from our Shiatsu practice, the Hara can also be a place where tensions and negative emotions can gather and where disease or imbalance can take root. Although Ampuku is a traditional art, it has not lost its importance in our Shiatsu practice since tensions and imbalances are so widespread in modern society. By treating the Hara with Ampuku techniques we can directly support positive health, assist recovery and restore the receiver’s health and balance.
During this unique workshop with Philippe Vandenabeele we will learn Ampuku techniques that will help to achieve greater freedom and balance in the Hara and thus ensure effectiveness in our treatments.