What is Kiatsu
Kiatsu is a pressure point therapy developed by Koichi Tohei, 10th dan in Aikido and founder of Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido (Ki Aikido). Similar to shiatsu, kiatsu is the use of applied pressure to lines of ki flow, meridians, through the body. By combining our breath, ki, and touch, we release the flow of energy through the body to facilitate recovery from injury, health, and relaxation.
What is Bodywork
Bodywork is a general term for any therapeutic or personal development technique that involves working with the human body in a form involving manipulative therapy, breath work, or energy medicine. Bodywork techniques also aim to assess or improve posture, promote health, and/or relaxation and stress relief.
Central Aikido is the only aikikai dojo in the US (probably the world) to offer kiatsu as a field of study. Burden Sensei has, and continues to be trained in kiatsu therapy, as well as other forms of bodywork. Our Kiatsu Bodywork classes integrate these forms into a singular dynamic approach designed to promote health and well-being in our students through partner work and self-care. Emphasis is on parner care, self-care, relaxation, concentration, and posture for both the bodywork being studied and in daily life. It is done under the direct supervision of Burden Sensei, and only to aikidoka of 5th kyu or higher.
A Typical Class
Classes are limited to no more than 10 participants. Any more is too big to properly manage and assist students. Classes will either be an hour and a half or two hours, depending on content covered. They begin with breathing exercises and are followed by partner stretching and activities to prepare the mind and body. Class will then begin with the practice of kiatsu. Students will partner up and work on each other, receiving direct assistance from sensei when needed. There will be portions of classes devoted to implementing the techniques learned for self-care, either by outlining how to perform the process on the individual instead of a partner, or by hands-on application.
New students to kiatsu bodywork training must be age 18 or older and must first finish an introductory course, which is offered semi-annually. Upon completion students may train at their leisure, class space permitting. Wear loose clothing to every class. It is recommended to wear a simple cotton t-shirt without print and gi pants or sweat pants. Alternatively, ladies may wear leggings or yoga pants. A notebook will be provided to all students.