We are experienced professionals in Zen Shiatsu, Acupuncture, Thai Acupressure and Bodywork, Chinese Medical Theory, Eastern/Western Anatomy and Physiology, Experiential Anatomy, and Bio-energetic Healing. We love what we do and we would love to share it with you.
“The cure always come before the illness…”
Dr. Thau Van Nguyen
South Vietnam, 1963
Fourth Uncle in the Mountain by Quang Van Nguyen and Marjorie Pivar (St. Martin’s Press, 2006) is a true story of an orphan adopted by a sixty-four-year-old monk, Thau who carries great responsibility for his people as a spiritual leader and village doctor. Thau manages against all odds to raise his son to follow in his footsteps and in doing so saves him, as well as an ancient lineage of medicine from being lost in the Vietnam holocaust. As wise and resourceful as Thau is, he meets his match in his mischievous son. It is an odyssey of a single-father folk hero and his foundling son in a land ravaged by the atrocities of war, a classic story complete with humor, tragedy, and insight, from a country where ghosts and magic are real.
Founder, Director, & Instructor of
Zen Shiatsu at Shiatsu VT
MA Holistic Health Education, Certified AOBTA Instructor. Marjorie studied under Wataru Ohashi, Pauline Sasaki, and Michael DeAgro, three of the master world teachers. Marjorie has been practicing Zen style Shiatsu for over thirty years and is certified by the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia. She holds a masters degree in Holistic Health Education from Norwich University and has taught both privately and in the classroom. Marjorie is the author with Quang Van Nguyen of Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2006), which is recommended reading at many schools of Asian medicine.
Author of our Textbook, Acupuncturist, Zen Shiatsu Master Teacher & Practitioner
In 1978 Carola attended her first Shiatsu course with Ohashi, and has continued to study ever since, not only Shiatsu but acupuncture and herbal medicine. Different teaching styles and approaches fascinate her, and she has studied with many well-known Shiatsu teachers, the most influential being Pauline Sasaki. She is the author of the textbook “Shiatsu Theory and Practice” and has produced a series of 12 DVDs on the meridians and how to treat them in different positions.
Clifford Andrews, Master Instructor, Founder of New Energy Works and the Shaitsu Centre, BSc FwSS PGCE PCE
Cliff has loved giving and receiving Shiatsu since he attended his very first workshop in 1981. Cliff started the Shiatsu Centre (formerly the Shiatsu Rooms) in 1983 and in 1986 he was fortunate to be apprenticed by Pauline Sasaki in the USA. Cliff has taught in Europe, the USA and in Australia. He is also a co-founder of the Shiatsu College - and often teaches at the Norwich branch. Cliff practises here at the Shiatsu Centre in Norwich and also in Zurich Switzerland. He is currently working on supporting the worldwide Shiatsu community, during the pandemic, with his online project at New Energy Work.
Instructor of Integrated Anatomy & Physiology Certified Instructor
AOBTA Diplomat in Asian Bodywork Therapy, AOBTA, NCCAOM Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher LMT, New York State. B.A., A nationally certified and an approved provider with the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCBTMB), and a Certified Instructor with the AOBTA®. She has been an Authorized Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure® Teacher since 1983 and has been teaching Integrated Anatomy & Physiology since 2000.
Co-Owner, Assistant Director
& Instructor of Zen Shiatsu.
BLA from Bennington College. NECCA Nimble Arts Teacher Training.AOBTA Board Member: Director of Membership
In 2009 I went on to study neuroscience, psychology and dance at Bennington College. My passion was to further understand and harness our innate healing potential. In 2013 I began working in mental health facilities while teaching aerial acrobatics. In 2016 I began my professional career as a Shiatsu Practitioner.
5 Element Instructor
Acupuncturist Chinese Herbalist
An acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, and received her Master of Acupuncture degree from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL.
Guest Master Instructor
& Intuitive Shiatsu
Kumiko Kanayama is a practitioner and teacher of Intuitive Shiatsu™. Intuitive Shiatsu™ is a method she developed after many years of study with her uncle, Ohashi, a pioneer of shiatsu in the West. Kumiko teaches shiatsu at the school she founded called the Five Lights Center for Shiatsu in New York, NY https://www.fivelightscenter.com. Kumiko also teaches in Europe, and Japan.
Certified Instructor, AOBTA
Approved Provider of Cont.Ed., NCBTMB
Grandmother Winter Jade has been practicing and teaching Shiatsu around the world since 1975. Her immense enthusiasm for this beautiful hand-healing art is still with her. She has apprenticed with indigenous healers of four traditions and is a recognized expert in the field.
Guest Instructor, Shiatsu Practitioner, LMT & Reiki II & Thai Massage Therapist
Wendy is a Certified Shiatsu Practitioner and graduated from the Ohashi Institute in Manhattan in 1990 and continued to become a Certified Ohashiatsu Instructor in 1992.
In 1980, Wendy received her BFA from Pratt Institute with a major in photography. She is a certified instructor for the American Red Cross and graduated from Bancroft in 2009. Among the numerous post graduate courses she has completed, Shiatsu in Pregnancy, Thai Massage and Hawaiian Lomi Lomi Massage have been some of her favorites and are areas of emphasis in her private practice. Wendy is a Reiki II practitioner, holds a certification in Herbalism and Herbal Therapeutics and has practiced yoga and meditation for 36 years.
Thai Massage Therapist & LMT
Eben Dodd has been a Licensed Massage Therapist since 1993. After graduating from the Swedish Institute for Massage Therapy in New York, he practiced massage for six years in Manhattan. He then moved to California and worked at Kabuki Springs and Spa in San Francisco’s Japantown from 1999 to 2018. He now has a private massage practice serving Southeast Vermont/Southwest New Hampshire.
Guest Zen Shiatsu Instructor & Pioneer in Standardizing Shiatsu Treatments for Cancer Patients
Cindy has provided Shiatsu/Asian bodywork for patients at the Munson Healthcare Cowell Family Cancer Center since its inception in 2016. Cindy has been instrumental in developing processes and procedures for patients and clients receiving bodywork at the cancer center.
Cindy's training includes Zen Shiatsu and Chinese Medicine from the Blue Lotus School of Shiatsu of Traverse City and post graduate studies from the Zen Shiatsu School of Chicago. Cindy continues to learn from her Master Teacher Michael DeAgro and incorporates his teachings into her work at the hospital and her private practice.
In addition, Cindy brings her wealth of knowledge from several years of teaching nutrition and health, and counseling, in the public school setting to the healing arts of Asian medicine. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education and Master of Arts in Education Administration from Michigan State University as well as a Master of Science in Counseling from Western Michigan University.
Instructor of Zen Shiatsu, Chinese Medical Theory M.S., LPC, AOBTA CI
Michael practices psychotherapy, Asian bodywork therapy, and Chinese herbal medicine in his clinic in Traverse City, Michigan. He received his masters degree in counseling psychology from Loyola University in Baltimore and is a graduate of the Baltimore School of Shiatsu. He studied shiatsu privately with Pauline Sasaki over a 14 year period. He began his herbal training with the Chinese Institute of Herbology and later completed a two-year mentorship with Gonzalez Flores. He continues his study of classical Chinese herbal medicine with Sharon Weizenbaum through the Graduate Mentorship program of White Pine Institue. He is also the founder of the Blue Lotus School of Shiatsu and the former Director of Education for the AOBTA
Guest Instructor of Shiatsu, Zen and Five Element Shiatsu , Body-Mind Balancing
Dance Movement Therapy, Kabbalah Scholar
Lital was born and raised in Israel. She graduated her Shiatsu studies in 2002 and continued studying Body Mind Balancing at Reidman College and Dance and Movement Therapy at Seminar Hakibutzim, both in Tel Aviv. Lital is certified as a Pilates instructor. Lital became a Shiatsu Master and a healer applying her knowledge and experience and worked in hospitals and public clinics, private practice and teaching Shiatsu for kids and adults. Lital is also a senior student of Kabbalah at the Kabbalah Centre, she moved to the states in 2008 and lives in NYC with her family.
Guest Instructor of Chinese Medical Theory and Meditation, Master of Pulse Diagnosis, Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture
Dr. Quang Van Nguyen was orphaned as an infant during the Vietnam war and was adopted and trained by an enlightened monk/doctor, Thau Van Nguyen. Dr. Nguyen is a master in pulse diagnosis and herbal medicine. The story of Dr. Nguyen’s spiritual and medical training has been published in an award winning book called “Fourth Uncle in the Mountain: The Remarkable Legacy of a Buddhist Itinerant Doctor in Vietnam,” and is required reading in many Schools of Asian Medicine. The Shiatsu School of Vermont is blessed to have Dr. Nguyen as a guest instructor.
Shiatsu Teacher in Training, Zen Shiatsu Practitioner, Graduate of Shiatsu VT
Paul has been a chef for the last fifteen years, working at various places in Western MA. He has been a performer in the past, acting in various Shakespeare plays. He is an aspiring painter and poet. He studied English, Theatre and Physics in college and university. He also has been a soccer coach for twenty years, currently the goalkeeper coach at Northfield Mount Hermon. Paul graduated from the Shiatsu School of Vermont in 2022 and has begun a new career as a Shiatsu Practitioner. He is assisting Marjorie in our practitioner programs.
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