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The Art of Ampuku Workshop

Integrating Traditional Ampuku Techniques into Modern Manual Therapy Practices

With Philippe Vandenabeele

- BRUSSELS Saturday 28 and Sunday 29th of May 2022

- HELSINKI Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of June 2022 Organised by the Finnish Shiatsu Association


BRUSSELS 28-29 May 2022 

The Art of Ampuku Workshop
Advanced Postgraduate program

Price: €250

Ampuku, or ‘traditional Japanese abdominal treatment’, is a highly refined form of manual therapy. Its origins are closely related to the Anma practice and has provided the base of what later would become known as Shiatsu.


A core concept within all Japanese healing arts is the abdomen or ‘Hara’ seen as an important energetic centre of the body that should be part of any successful bodywork practice. This was emphasized by Shiatsu master Shizuto Masunaga who saw Ampuku as a very important part of Shiatsu. He rightly stressed that Ampuku could contribute enormously towards helping the critically ill and patients who require calm but deep manipulation. Ampuku therapy not only allows the patient to remain tranquil, it also rehabilitates the patient’s internal functioning and is an important part of diagnosis.


During this very practical workshop with Philippe Vandenabeele we will learn traditional Ampuku techniques that will help achieve greater freedom and balance in the Hara and thus ensure effectiveness in our treatments. Those techniques can easily be integrated in any form of manual therapy practice.


We will also address how to treat effectively certain conditions we frequently encounter in our modern practice. As a guide to achieve this we will take a close look at the 図病気を治す指圧入門 (Zu byoki o naosu shiatsu nyumon) or ‘An Illustrated guide to Shiatsu to Cure Illness’ from Shizuto Masunaga. A book that has not been translated previously and which describes in great detail how this modern Shiatsu master diagnosed and treated a multitude of ailments with Shiatsu. Philippe will unpack this information and bring it together with his long clinical experience. 


We will also learn powerful Self-Ampuku techniques. Self-Ampuku can be taught to our patients to do at home between treatments. In this way we can empower the people who come and seek our help. For us as practitioners, Self-Ampuku is helpful for staying fit and enjoying a long Shiatsu career.

Philippe Vandenabeele is a Senior Shiatsu practitioner and teacher based in Fukuoka Japan. With 30 years of clinical and teaching experience, Philippe has consolidated his knowledge, insights and practical experience to develop his own unique approach: the Shinzui Bodywork Method . Shinzui Bodywork is a whole-body manual therapy firmly rooted in Eastern bodywork traditions with special focus on abdominal work, meridian work, and enriched with Western visceral, fascial and musculoskeletal bodywork.

He is the author of “Ampuku Abdominal Acupressure: The Classics at the Heart of Japanese Bodywork” that includes the first complete English translation of the Ampuku Zukai and the chapters on Ampuku and Fukushin from the Anma Tebiki.

Time and Location:

Saturday the 28th of May 2022: 12:00 to 18:00

Sunday the 27th of May 2022: 9:30 to 17:00

Ban Sen Juku Aikido

Rue de la Glacière 18

1060 Saint-Gilles (Brussels), Belgium

Workshop ‘SHIATSU AND INSOMNIA’ by Mike Mandle

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4th- 5th Dec, 2021

in Brussels.

For students that finished cycle 1
Price: 250 euro.


Sleeping disorders are a huge topic. About one third of the population suffers from little to severe sleeping disorders. And around 70% of these sleeping disorders have a psychological background, making Shiatsu one of the best methods to work with them. But to really get things done, we have to learn some basic principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine and integrate them in our Shiatsu.

Many sleeping disorders have their roots in a deficiency of Yin and blood. How can we identify these patterns? How can we treat them? What kind of food or herbs do we need to build up Yin and blood? What is the energetic function of sleep anyway?

During this weekend we will learn a lot of simple and efficient approaches,

that we can use not only for sleeping disorders.


- the energetic patterns of sleeping disorders

- how to diagnose those patterns correctly

- what acupuncture points should we use

- how can we support our Shiatsu sessions with nutrition and herbs.

Mike works as a full-time Shiatsu practitioner since more than 20 years. In that time he was able to work a lot in hospitals with Shiatsu and has experience with rehabilitation, children psychosomatic, elderly people, gynecology and burn out. In 2012 Mike started a burn out intensive practicum within the International Academy for Hara Shiatsu, which is part of the curriculum now.

He shares his experience in books, articles and of course in workshops all over Europe.

Mike Mandl lives in Vienna, where he breaths and enjoys Shiatsu like on the first day.

'WORDS THAT TOUCH' with Nick Pole

How to make the words you say the best possible ambassadors for your shiatsu touch.


Integrating Clean Language into your Shiatsu Practice with Nick Pole

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2nd-3rd Oct, 2021

in Brussels


Price: €250

avec traduction en français

If you love the silent space of pure touch that shiatsu allows you, and at the same time are fascinated by the things your clients’ words and gestures might be telling you about their Ki, this course is for you.

• Discover the mind-body connections hidden in your clients’ metaphors and movements.
• Keep the client’s space as free as possible from your own pre-suppositions, preferences, and judgements.
• Help clients work mindfully with anything that is blocking their ability to fully benefit from shiatsu.
Discover how a few simple questions can help your clients focus powerfully and precisely on the key words and images they use as they talk to you. Instead of theorizing or analysing bodily experience, the Zen-like clarity of Clean Language encourages in-the-moment exploration of that experience, helping clients to develop their own awareness of Ki and through that, to deal more effectively with symptoms and the issues that may be causing them.
Clean Language allows you to explore through metaphor and movement how mind and body communicate and how close attention to language and gesture can heighten awareness of Ki for both you and your clients. When you integrate Clean questions into your shiatsu, it helps clients to:
• Feel more like participants rather than just ‘receivers’,
• Be able to make insightful connections between their symptoms and the life issues that may be creating them,
• Develop a more friendly, mindful relationship with their own body.


Nick Pole has over 25 years experience in Shiatsu and has also studied Seiki, NLP, Clean Language and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy. He is a teacher with the Shiatsu College UK and director of London Mindful Practitioners, a non-profit group for professionals who use mindfulness in their work. His book ‘Words That Touch - How to Ask Questions Your Body Can Answer’ (Singing Dragon, 2017) is a comprehensive guide to using Clean Language in bodywork therapies. See:


"Clean Language has brought out far more expression and information from my clients than I ever thought possible. I’ve been quite amazed by some of my clients, who I’ve been working on for sometimes 20 years, who’ve told me things in the last year that they’ve never expressed before."
- Cliff Andrews, International shiatsu teacher and co-founder of the Shiatsu College UK

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