The essence of both Zen and Tantra live inside the practice of Tantsu. Two paths that at first glance seem to be contrary flow together as we hold another in a Tantsu cradle. Both Zen and Tantra practice the deep acceptance of what is arising in each moment. The wave of Tantra rides the present moment into its fullest in ever-widening acceptance; to the point of transmutation into the bare still elegant “beingness” of Zen.
Over 30 years ago, Tantsu and Watsu were born when San Francisco Renaissance poet, Harold Dull, took leave from teaching-writing to engage in a year-long study with Zen Shiatsu master, Shizuto Masunaga in Japan. Masunaga’s most important message for bodywork and therapy was to “be with”, rather than “do something” to a person. Tantsu carries forth this respectful, perceptive healing attitude still today in all of its forms.
Zen Tantsu integrates traditional Zen Shiatsu principles, stretches, pressure points and meridians into the full-body holding of a Tantsu session. Zen Tantsu cradles do not necessary maintain contact with the receiver’s base, but instead focus on maintaining a vital connection at the Hara, life center in the abdomen while in some way creating a supportive cradle for the receiver’s body. It is an ideal practice to apply for who may not yet be comfortable to be held in Core Tantsu’s more intimate cradles or for who would like to add something new and effective to their somatic/bodywork practices.
In the 5 day seminar of ZEN TANTSU, you will augment and refine your perception of acupressure points and meridians and learn how to contain and enhance the natural energy flow your own Hara center. You will learn meridian stretching, both for your own home practice as well how to help another to open the energy channels/meridans through supported passive stretching.
We will work in depth with the Leg cradle, Back cradle, Head cradle, Hip cradle, as well as face-down progressions on the spine and sacral regions. A great focus will also be given to extensive exploration into Hara work, abdominal and diaphragmatic contact, support and release.
This course is valid for 32 credit hours on the Tantsu Registry - Worldwide Aquatic Bodyworker Association.
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