The style of shiatsu taught by Hakko Denhsin Ryu Jujutsu is called Ko Ko Do Shiatsu. The translation for this Japanese term is as follows:
Therefore, the entire translation of KoKoDo Shiatsu is: "Imperial Light Way Finger Pressure."
Koho Shiatsu, the style of shiatsu taught by Mr. Okuyama (founder of Hakko Ryu Jujutsu), produces three principle effects:
The word "Shiatsu", composed of the element SHI (finger) and ATSU (pressure) means a method of treating illness with digital compression. Shiatsu is a treatment in which the thumbs are used to apply pressure to certain points in order to correct irregularities of the living body, maintain or improve health, and contribute to the cure of certain illnesses.
SHIATSU BODY DIAGRAM
There are two primary techniques used to examine a patient:
The pulse theory is the most widespread diagnostic technique of the acupuncturist. This method is difficult to grasp and seems very mysterious to the Occidental. By placing three fingers on the radial artery of the wrist, one can ascertain the condition of various organs of the body. Even in ancient China, the pulse method of diagnosis was not the only one. The Chinese physician employed a careful observation of the patient's countenance. Many other techniques also were employed. When two active forces within the body, yin and yang, are in disequilibria, the patient is not healthy. Treatment is required to restore equilibrium.
The Chinese observed that internal disequilibria, or sickness, manifests itself on or through the skin. Thousands of Oriental physicians, over many centuries, have studied man with unending patience before a system of points or lines, on or under the skin, could be devised and related to various organs. This system has come to be known as the "meridian system."Acupuncturists insert needles to points along the meridians and the shiatsuists press points to regain or maintain equilibrium.
Currently, KoKoDo Shiatsu and the KoKoDo Clinic in Omiya, Japan were founded by Menkyo Kaiden-Shihan San Dai Kichu- Yasuhiro Irie after years of study in Koho Shiatsu and graduating from Hanada College in Tokyo, Japan. The KoKoDo Clinic was opened in 1985. The basic course in KoKoDo Shiatsu is based on the teachings of Shodai Soke Okuyama Ryuho, who founded Koho Shiatsu and Hakko Ryu Jujutsu. Right now, the Intermediate, Advanced, and Instructors courses are the result of Irie Sensei's study and effort through the years.
At the Eighth Light Dojo in Akron, Ohio, having the basic course of KoKoDo Shiatsu completed is one of the requirements needed before a student can take their Black Belt Test. For your information, the Eighth Light Dojo hosts the Basic Shiatsu Course every other year.
There are some key elements that one should follow in order to be a good Shiatsu practitioner...this includes your partner also!!
When you first do/learn/receive Shiatsu, you may begin to feel some discomfort, which is perfectly natural. The reason being is that the various lines on your body are not used to being stimulated in a certain way. Also, your thumbs or fingers may not be used to applying Shiatsu pressure to a person, so your thumbs and fingers first tend to get a little tired or sore, which is again natural.
Communication is very important with your partner because you need to let him/her know if the pressure that they are applying is too much. Too much pressure can actually damage a line, or you may accidentally hit another line and not even know it! Lastly, good breathing is important because when the pressure is being directly applied to the line (contraction), the person receiving should Exhale! When the person is not receiving (expansion - no finger pressure), one should Inhale! If you follow these simple guidelines, then you and your partner should have an enjoyable Shiatsu treatment that will help both of you heal or make better your ailing lines!