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Shinzui Bodywork International Institute

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The Shinzui Bodywork International Institute is a center

for continued education in Manual Therapy based in Japan.

It was founded by Philippe Vandenabeele and Hiroko Kobayashi.

The Institute offers a postgraduate program and various other courses,

including individual sessions.

Shinzui Method Postgraduate Education

Postgraduate 6-days Intensives and 2-days workshops in Fukuoka, Japan

and International Workshops.

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Tutorials and Supervision

Philippe Vandenabeele and Hiroko Kobayashi are available

for individual or small group sessions

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Shinzui Shiatsu School Belgium

Basic and complete Shiatsu training program to become a professional Shiatsu practitioner. We are a recognised institution and follow the standards of the Belgian and European Shiatsu Federations.

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Philippe Vandenabeele Director, AOBTA®-CP, AOBTA®-CI

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I have been fascinated by Eastern culture, lifestyles, and bodywork from an early age. I first traveled through Asia in my early twenties, where I came in contact with Shiatsu.


Fascinated by the positive effects on my health and overall well-being, I studied Western and Eastern approaches to bodywork.


With more than 30 years of clinical, teaching practice, and continued study, I developed the Shinzui Method postgraduate program, my unique approach to manual therapy.


My home is in Fukuoka in southern Japan, 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 welcome students from Japan and abroad. We love to share our lifelong passion for bodywork in our treatments and courses.

​Shiatsu training

I trained for three years at the International Shiatsu School in Belgium and Switzerland and another four years at the Du Mai School, where I was also trained to become a teacher. Later I further studied at Shiatsu at the Iokai School in Tokyo. I returned to Japan regularly for many years, studying with experienced practitioners and teachers to nourish and deepen my practice before relocating permanently to Japan.

Between 1996 and 2008, I was the founding director of a Shiatsu school in Sweden. During those years in Sweden, I served as a board member of the Swedish Shiatsu Federation and representative towards the European Shiatsu Federation.


From 2006 until 2019, I was with my wife, Hiroko Kobayashi, the founding director of the Shinzui Shiatsu School in Belgium. I also traveled extensively to teach internationally at Shiatsu and Bodywork training centers.

During those years in Belgium, I served as the president of the Belgian Shiatsu Federation.

I also served as a representative of the Belgian Shiatsu Federation towards the European Shiatsu Federation.


Traditional Chinese Medicine
In parallel to my practice, for the past 20 years, I have studied on a regular basis Traditional Chinese Medicine in China.


Thai Massage and Chi Nei Tsang
I regularly spent time in Thailand and received intensive training from the great masters of traditional Thai massage and Chi Nei Tsang. For example 1995, I completed a six months intensive internship in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Western Manual Therapy

Being fascinated by the body and continually seeking to understand its workings, I love studying anatomy and different bodywork methods. I have been trained in Craniosacral therapy, Anatomy Trains, Functional Training, Fascia therapy, Visceral Manipulation, and more.

Shinzui Method is a unique whole body manual therapy which integrates the practices of East Asian bodywork, in particular Ampuku, with the latest developments in Western anatomy and advances in the fields of therapeutic bodywork. Firmly rooted in East Asian medicine, the Shinzui Method uses the methodology of this ancient healing tradition to treat the body-mind-spirit. It is taught as a postgraduate course open to all bodywork practitioners.


Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chuan

To help me to stay fit as a practitioner, I continue to practice, study and teach Qi Gong and Tai Chi Chuan. Since 2000 I have been a certified Qi Gong teacher, and I received the authorization to teach Tai Chi Chuan from Dan Docherty, who has been my primary Tai Chi Chuan teacher. The leading training I received in Thailand and at the National Medical Qigong Hospital and Training Centre in Beidaihe, China.

Hiroko Kobayashi Associate Director


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.

Peter Albrecht Principal of The Shinzui Shiatsu School Belgium, BSF/ESF-Teacher

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The journey to the essence of shiatsu is a continuous evolution in terms of training and insights, but especially of awareness and dedicated attention without judgment at any time of treatment.

Shiatsu training at Shinzu Shiatsu School:

  • base and cycle 1,2 and 3

  • various internships, workshops and two study trips to Japan

  • assistance during basic courses and cycles 1, 2 and 3

  • trainer certificate cycle 1 and cycle 2 recognized by the Belgian Shiatsu Federation (BSF)


Other courses:

  • Anatomy and physiology

  • Psychology and psychopathology for paramedics



  • zazen at dojo Ghent

  • tai chi-qi kung by Lieven Vandeberghe

  • yoga with Johan De Backer

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