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按腹術 Ampuku Visceral Therapy

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Ampuku Visceral Therapy is a whole-body manual therapy firmly rooted in Eastern bodywork traditions with special focus on Ampuku abdominal work, meridian work, and enriched with Western visceral, fascial and musculoskeletal bodywork.


This intensive 6 days In-Person course we offer every spring and autumn at the Gyoganji Buddhist temple in Fukuoka, Japan. The focus of this course is on working the Lower Dantien 下丹田. 

This In-Person course is supported by our online learning platform (optional)

Those online lessons and videos support the In-Person courses and can be accessed at any time by the students. Students enrolled to the In-Person course will be invited to receive unlimited access to the Ampuku Visceral Therapy online platform at a reduced price (-50% of the normal price).

The online platform will be accessible from March 2023 onwards.


Ampuku Bodywork


In the Asian bodywork practices, the Lower Dantien 下丹田 or 腹 Hara (lower belly) together with the 腰 Koshi (lower back and hips) are considered to be the core and seat of our power, stability and presence. The cultivation and treatment of this powerhouse, together with maintaining a free unobstructed flow in the body’s meridian system, are seen as being of paramount importance in recovering and maintaining health and balance. In the East, over the millennia, many healing modalities developed, underpinned by this understanding and with the aims of strengthening and reawakening the intrinsic self-healing capacities of the body.


Integrating East and West


In Ampuku Visceral Therapy we combine those Eastern and Western perspectives, resulting in a unique approach, integrating East and West.


In his more than 30 years of practice and study of both Eastern and Western manual therapies, it has been Philippe Vandenabeele's passion to bring those different perspectives together. In his clinical work, this has resulted in an effective and integrated approach, using a fusion of both physical and energetic ways of seeing and treating the body.


In Ampuku Visceral Therapy we learn to see the physical and the energetic anatomy not as opposites, rather as different maps that can guide us to a fuller understanding of our being.

What will you learn in this intensive?


  • Hara and Koshi - their influence on our overall health 

  • Traditional Ampuku, Shiatsu and Visceral techniques - to free the abdominal region and pelvis

  • Advanced Shiatsu techniques  - in the abdominal region, hip, lower back, buttock and legs

  • Listening to the different rhythms/tides of the body

  • Learning to feel the Visceral Yin and Yang Tides of the organs

  • Organ mobility

  • 3 dimensional listening


Philippe Vandenabeele & Hiroko Kobayashi


the course is taught in English


This course is open to practitioners and students with at least 150 hours of bodywork/manual therapy training


Gyoganji Buddhist temple 13-18 Susakicho, Hakata-ku, Fukuoka Fukuoka 812-0028, Japan 

Information about Fukuoka


Price of the 6 days In-Person course 850 Euro

Included in the price are 6 days of teaching and unlimited access to the online learning platform.

Not included are hotel, meals and transportation.


(The online learning platform is also available separately for = 300 Euro (from April 2023 onwards))

Number of seats available

Maximum 16 participants


- SPRING INTENSIVE 2023: 6 days from Sunday 9th until Friday 14th of April


- AUTUMN INTENSIVE 2023: 6 days from Saturday 28th of October until Thursday 2nd of November


Cancellation policy: in general, no refund can be given once a course has been signed up for and paid. For courses involving travel, therefore, we recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance when booking your trip.

Customized courses

Customized courses, workshops and presentations

Are you a group of people interested in learning more about the Shinzui Bodywork Method, Shiatsu or any of the optional courses in our programs? Or are you organizing a relevant event (live or online) and looking for expert contributors?

Find out more about our customized courses for groups / guest contributions.

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