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Ohashiatsu® Level 1
Be natural... be reverent... be present... be continuous... use both hands. Students learn the fundamental principles of Ohashiatsu/Ohashi Method as they apply to bodywork and, more importantly, to every aspect of life. You’ll learn how to work from Hara: your center and your source of inner strength and calm. You’ll learn:
- How to feel the life force or Ki energy flow in the body
- Location of the meridians along the Back, the Legs and the Arms
- Some of the major tsubos (acupoints)
- Ohashiatsu movements and techniques in supine and prone positions
- At the end of the course students will take a written quiz
As you near the end of the course, you will experience enhanced sensitivity as well as increased body awareness and grace, and by the end of the course, you will know how to give a full-body session.
Ohashiatsu® Level 2
Learning the principles and philosophy in the first course gives you the "how" to work with energy meridians. The Ohashiatsu II course provides the "why" to work with specific meridians by introducing the Five Elements of Fire, Earth, Metal, Water and Wood. Our appearance, our habits, our likes and dislikes, our emotions and attitudes are examples of our effort to be in harmony with the Five Elements that are in Nature and within us at all times. You’ll learn:
- The Five Element Makko-ho stretches to open your own meridians and balance the Ki energy
- The Bo and Yu points – diagnostic points on the front and back of the body – to help us determine which meridians most need to be brought back into balance
- Techniques in side position
- At the end of the course the students will take a written quiz
Ohashiatsu® Level 3
This course demonstrates why Ohashiatsu is the best modality for givers. You will learn new techniques using your arms, elbows and knees, which increase body balance and grace, and gives the palms and thumbs a much needed rest. Using knees in conjunction with forearms, elbows or the hands allows the giver to make more than two connections with the receiver, resulting in a nurtured feeling. This is where Ohashiatsu as meditation can begin to be experienced. You will be introduced to:
- Oriental diagnostic areas of the body
- The energy qualities of Kyo and Jitsu
- The psychological/emotional aspects of meridian energy and how they relate to the Five Elements
- Introduction of Masunaga theory
- During the course the students will take a written test
Courses with Ohashi
Students are required to take at least one course with Ohashi, choosing from the courses he will offer. Studying with Ohashi is a very important formative experience and we are highly recommend students to take advantage of these opportunities.
Ohashi Method® Practical Course
Ohashi will teach and demonstrate some of the key principles underlying his approach to bodywork, based on his 40 years of study and practice. To him, the term "bodywork" refers to the giver's body, which must work correctly in order to give effective treatment. He will teach you how to improve your approach by improving your movement, and which principles to follow in order to maximize efficiency and the joy of giving.
Oriental Diagnosis: Reading the Body
His diagnostic discussion covers general facial structure, with emphasis on forehead, eyebrows, eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, and ears. Other topics include back diagnosis, bilateral distortion, hara diagnosis, and movement diagnosis. Ohashi explains and demonstrates the major meridians, their relationships, and their physical and psychological diagnostic implications. This course helps you see the human and natural worlds with new eyes and to discover physical, mental, and spiritual conditions in yourself and others.
An 18-hour introductory course that covers the musculoskeletal anatomy and physiology, cell and tissue structure, and the nervous system. This requirement can be satisfied by taking a basic Anatomy course at a community college or from an online source.
for accepted online courses. Those students who have already studied Anatomy for another discipline are exempt. Written proof of attendance, plus the number of hours, is required.
Evaluation for Graduation
After a student successfully passes the Ohashiatsu Level 3, there are two avenues to graduation in the US: take a practical exam on Master Ohashi or make a video of a 45-minute session and send it to Ohashi International on a disc, USB key, or over the internet. Master Ohashi will evaluate the session, give/send comments to the student, and decide if the student passes. If a student does not pass, he/she must make another video after further practice.
GUIDELINES FOR YOUR PRACTICAL EXAM VIDEO SUBMISSION:
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
Practice classes help students to improve the techniques they have learned in class. The instructor leads opening meditation and exercises and then assists students with technique and body posture as they work on each other. We recommend that students attend a minimum of 6 practice classes. Students who are not able to attend the practice classes are requested to repeat a course or take a minimum of two tutorials (in addition to the required tutorials).
The tutorial content is tailored to meet each student's specific needs and areas that need strengthening. Tutorials are required at Ohashiatsu Level 2 and Level 3, and additional tutorials are sometimes recommended to strengthen the student's knowledge and comfort.
Receiving sessions from Certified Ohashiatsu® Instructors and Consultants is an important aspect of learning the Ohashiatsu technique. Sessions allow you to feel the work and learn directly through your body. Having various sessions with different people also enables you to experience different approaches. Students are required to have 4 sessions as a minimum.
The Ohashiatsu program can usually be completed within 6-12 months.