Author: Shizuto Masunaga
Title: “Tales of 100 treatments – Stories of Zen Shiatsu”
Publisher: Shiatsu Milano Editore
English translation: Naomi Misawa, Yuko Tanaka
Introduction, notes, glossary: Roberto Palasciano
Edition: June 2021
Price: euro 38,00
It is a collection of 58 articles published in the 70-80s in the Japanese magazine “Ningen-Igaku” (Human Medicine). Here there are some lines written by the author in the preface: “Western medicine scientifically studies abstract phenomena according to disease name. However, even if a same disease name is given, from the Oriental medicine perspective, I often keenly feel that precise treatment is impossible if you do not consider how patients with similar symptoms might differ in constitution, personality, and environment, which involves very different disease mechanisms and required responses. It occurred to me that people might benefit from reading my impressions of practical experience in those kinds of clinical cases”. These stories are autobiographical and deal intensely with the idea and philosophy of Keiraku shiatsu from the point of view and lifestyle adopted by Masunaga sensei. In this volume, not only he describes the treatments and modalities specific of Iokai, but also the strategy of therapy and the causes of illness, selecting important cases from his own experience. The contents of this book are still relevant and useful for the growth of all shiatsu practitioners/teachers and are very important to perform the treatments considering sho (oriental diagnosis) and kyo and jitsu according to the indications of Masunaga sensei.
AUTHOR: Shizuto Masunaga (1925-1981) completed his psychology studies in 1949 at Kyoto University and taught as a psychologist at the Namikoshi National Shiatsu School, where he obtained his diploma as a shiatsu operator. He then undertook research that led him to devise Keiraku shiatsu, integrating studies of traditional Chinese and Japanese medicine with knowledge of Western physiology. He founded the Iokai Centre in Tokyo and wrote several books on shiatsu and Oriental therapies, spreading Iokai-style shiatsu around the world.