Shiatsu and dynamic meditation in psychiatric treatment

Updated: Jun 7, 2019

Article written by Frédéric Duribreux. Frédéric is a Shiatsu and Kiko (Qi gong) Teacher at the Shinzui Shiatsu School and has a busy practice in Ostend, Belgium.

Since July 2015, I have the opportunity to work together with Dr Tom Herregodts.

Dr. Herregodts had been attending my Kiko/Qi gong lessons for more than a year, punctually every week. He told me after one of the lessons that he was actually interested in the 'meridians' and ... that he was also a neuro-psychiatrist. Dr. Tom Herregodts had also been head of a department at the general hospital in Ostend for 10 years and is now head of two group practices in Beernem and Ostend. He also practiced various methods of martial arts for ten years, in which he was black belt in some of them.

We met on a beautiful summer day in his beautiful garden in Beernem to get acquainted with his team and with the dynamic meditation technique Dr. Herregodts himself had developed. Everyone on the team also became acquainted with shiatsu that day and received treatment. After that it was decided to include shiatsu in the group practices.

The therapists from the team included psychotherapists and experts trained by Dr. Herregodts in the techniques of dynamic meditation. The team teaches these techniques to their patients. In this way patients learn to; themselves, discharge fear, anger and other negative 'ki' that disturb the harmony in body and mind. This technique was inspired by a classic Osho technique that triggers an ortho-sympathetic discharge. Other techniques are also used, including hypnosis and N.L.P.

Thanks to years of practice and deeper study, the discharge techniques have been further refined and perfected. According to Dr. Herregodts, after several years of experimentation, it could be established that there were permanent and unique neurophysiological reactions that matched the effect of MAO inhibitors. This was the case, for example, in patients with very serious traumas as a result of, for example, abuse, incest, war situations.

"The 'dynamic meditation' works on the yang systems in the brain (norepinephrine and dopamine)," says Dr. Herregodts. "Now the therapy is applied to any 'fear'".

Shiatsu has found a place in the group practice.