The Shinzui Bodywork International Institute is a center for East-West bodywork, based in Japan and Belgium. It was founded by Philippe Vandenabeele and Hiroko Kobayashi.
The Institute offers professional training, general bodywork classes, a postgraduate program and and various other courses including individual sessions.
Shinzui Shiatsu School
Basic and complete Shiatsu training program to become a professional Shiatsu practitioner. We are a recognized institution and follow the standards of the Belgian and European Shiatsu Federations. Read more,…
Shinzui Bodywork School
Foundation and postgraduate training program Shinzui Bodywork Method, a whole-body manual therapy, firmly rooted in Eastern bodywork traditions, with special focus on abdominal work and meridian work, enriched with Western visceral, fascial and musculoskeletal bodywork. Read more,…
From an early age, I have been fascinated by Eastern culture, lifestyles and bodywork. After suffering health issues in my youth, I began studying yoga in my teens and first travelled through Asia in my twenties. There I encountered Shiatsu and other forms of eastern manual therapy.
Fascinated by the positive effects on my health and my overall well-being, I started to study both Western and Eastern approaches to bodywork.
With 30 years of clinical practice and continued study I developed my own approach to manual therapy: the Shinzui Bodywork Method.
My home is in Fukuoka in southern Japan, it is where I give treatments in my practice that I share with my wife Hiroko. It is also in Fukuoka that we have our school and that we welcome students from Japan and abroad.
We love to share our lifelong passion for bodywork both in our treatments and courses.
I trained for three years at the International Shiatsu School in Belgium and Switzerland and for another four years at the Du Mai School, where I was also trained to become a teacher. Later I further studied at the Iokai School in Tokyo. For many years I returned to Japan on a regular basis, studying with experienced practitioners and teachers to nourish and deepen my practice, before relocating permanently to Japan.
As a recognised Shiatsu teacher I was during 12 years the director of a Shiatsu school in Sweden, and since 2006 I am the director of the Shinzui Shiatsu School in Belgium, also travelling extensively to teach at Shiatsu training centers internationally.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
In parallel, for the past 20 years, I studied on a regular basis Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.
Thai Massage and Chi Nei Tsang
Because I love the country I regularly spent time in Thailand and received intensive training by the great masters of traditional Thai massage, including a 6 months' intensive training in 1995.
Western Manual Therapy
Being fascinated by the body and continually seeking to understand more about its workings, I love to studying anatomy and different bodywork methods. I have been trained in Craniosacral therapy, Anatomy Trains, Functional Training, Fascia therapy, Visceral Manipulation and more.
Shinzui Bodywork Method
With 30 years of clinical and teaching experience, and with the help of my teachers I have consolidated this knowledge, insights and practical experience to develop my own unique approach: the Shinzui Bodywork Method.
To help me to stay fit I also practiced, studied and taught Qi Gong and I continue to give Qi Gong classes regularly. My main training I received in Thailand and at the National Medical Qigong Hospital and Training Centre in Beidaihe, China.
Hiroko grew up in Saga, on the island of Kyushu in Japan. This is where she trained in Aromatherapy and Foot Reflexology before moving to Europe where she learned Shiatsu. To deepen her understanding of Shiatsu she travelled back regularly to Japan where she studied at the Iokai School in Tokyo.
Hiroko is the invaluable assistant in Philippe’s courses, where she contributes her rich knowledge of the Japanese culture and tradition. Next to Shiatsu her great passions are Tea ceremony, Cooking and making handbags.
Frédéric Duribreux grew up in a family where they regularly thought and discussed extensively about both Western and Eastern traditions and cultures. This rich breeding ground can be found in the many books of his grandfather Gaston Duribreux.
In addition, under the influence of his uncle Paul Duribreux, Frédéric took the first steps at the age of ten in a long and richly filled karate career. Initially, this mainly concerned sporting and competitive karate, in which he achieved various places of honor at national and international level.
Gradually the emphasis shifted from his karate towards a more internal and meditative practice and experience. His meeting with Richard Prospero was of vital importance. Through him, Frédéric got to know kiko (Japanese Qi gong) and karate in the Jiseido style of Master Kenji Tokitsu. After having mastered and refined this for many years, he has been teaching this for several years.
His evolution also continued alongside the karate world when, through Philippe Vandenabeele, he became acquainted with the world of Shiatsu. Frédéric completed the Shiatsu training in Philippe Vandenabeele's Shinzui Shiatsu School school.
In addition to his own Shiatsu practice, and shiatsu and kiko lessons, Frédéric continues to train continuously.
Since 2015, Fréderic has also been working with a neuropsychiatrist, bringing East and West together again.
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