Shiatsu in Hospitals seminar in Vienna, Austria.

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Shiatsu in Hospitals

with Diego Sanchez

OCTOBER 10th & 11th, 2015


more info and registration here

Goals and objectives

Students will learn:

– The needs of the critical illness patient

– Similarities between hospitalized patients and emergency relief situations

– Precautions

– Special Shiatsu techniques to work on a hospital bed.

– Useful pressure points (tsubos) to use in critical illness or critical situations

– Grounding techniques to keep the practitioner centered in unfamiliar environments.

– How to help the patient ground him/herself in moments of intense pain, or fear.

– Appropriate Meridian evaluation techniques for critical illness, surgery, end-of-life patients.

– Appropriate posture and internal body mechanics to work on patients in a hospital bed.

– How to work around medical equipment.

– How to deal with medical staff / emergency rescue workers

– How to face issues about life and death

2 day workshop. Basic knowledge of meridian system theory is required.

more info and registration here


2 days, 14 hours training total, excluding lunch breaks.

3 of these hours cover safety issues and 1 hour 30 minutes covers ethics issues.


MARIAHILFERSTRASSE 115 1060 WIEN Tel: 01 / 595 4848 Fax: 01 / 595 4880 Email: office@hara-shiatsu.at



Interview of Diego Sanchez about the seminar in Berlin, by Ulrike Schmidt

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You were born in Uruguay and brought up in different European countries. It is said that you worked as a model once.

Indeed, I was born and raised in Uruguay and I feel very Uruguayan. I left at 19 years old for a year backpacking in Europe and then again at 23 to work as a fashion model for most of the brands and designers most people know internationally. I lived 17 years abroad (Madrid, Milan, Paris, London, New York City). Thanks to having discovered shiatsu, I then realized I needed to go back to live in Uruguay. This is where I live now, and where I enjoy life with my family and my two beautiful daughters.


How did you get to know shiatsu?

In one of the modeling jobs for a German client, the make-up artist was studying shiatsu and she needed to practice for her class. She asked if she could practice on my back, while we waited for the right light to shoot our pictures. Her name was Ulli and I’ll be eternally grateful to her, because she changed my life forever. Once I got up from the floor, I realized I had never felt so well in my life. I felt sad for having missed that sensational feeling of wellbeing until that point in my life, but I became really curious about how could human touch be so effective. Here I am now, 25 years later, totally devoted to shiatsu after finding little by little, all the possibilities for healing it has.


And what is still so fascinating for you as far as shiatsu is concerned?

That everything else I learned after learning shiatsu, fits perfectly well with the shiatsu model of health, both in theory and practice.


Which shiatsu teacher has influenced you most?

I have been blessed to be able to study with everyone that has been my teacher, assistant or classmate at the Shiatsu College in London around 1995. Some of the gifted teachers at the time, Carola Beresford-Cooke, Paul Lundberg, Cliff Andrews, Nick Pole, Nicola Pooley and others, would sometimes teach something that I’d really caught on with. Invariably, when I asked where they had learned that particular thing from, they’d say -from Pauline Sasaski. After finishing my training in London, I moved to NYC and went to study with Pauline. I stayed 7 years absorbing as much as I could form her wisdom and generous way of teaching. I also feel blessed to have enjoyed one of the most meaningful relationships in my life, as her student and as a friend.


You realized the film „The Human Potential“. A film which shows Pauline Sasaki’s work, especially her way of working multidimensionally. How did this project come about?

Pauline had been meaning to write a book for many years, but never managed to. This was frustrating for her. As her student, I felt an urge and obligation to preserve her teachings in her own words, so I proposed to shoot interviews with her, her clients and students. I had beed doing this for a year or more when she decided that it would be a good way indeed, to pass on her knowledge, so she jumped on board as the producer and wrote the first script of how she wanted the information to be shown. We worked on that for a while and then we shot new images in her home in Connecticut, in NYC and other places. She came to Uruguay to shoot some of the material, plus to help me generate 3D animated images of the energy fields as she saw them, to do the voice-over recording and help me supervise the original music. In all I spent 3 years working on the documentary. We had some disagreements on the road, but she was happy with the results and so was I. To this day, I think it’s the only recorded testimony of her legacy, in her own words.


You are known for having practiced in hospitals. You worked with severely sick patients, with cancer patients for example, patients with heavy traumata or those with organ transplantations. After 9/11 in New York you gave shiatsu to firemen, the helpers and those who suffered from that catastrophe. Was it by chance that you were there or was it because you worked in hospitals?

I had been trying to work in the hospital but I needed a NY State license so, although I was a fully trained shiatsu practitioner in the UK, I had to go back to school to start all over again in NY. It was through the school that I finally managed to go into Ground Zero. I had tried in other ways and it was impossible. I had been working with hospice and AIDS clients as a volunteer since 1998, so by the time 9/11 happened I already had had a reasonable experience with life-and-death situations. I think you are never ready for something like that, but somehow I didn’t doubt it at all when the time came.


Here in Germany it is almost impossible to appear at a catastrophe and say; hey, here I am, I am doing shiatsu and want to help. There would be a lot of administrative obstacles: who is responsible, is there an insurance, is this person really qualified… Right now we have to house a lot of refugees. Most of them are traumatized, I guess. Shiatsu would be of great help but without any bureaucracy. Simply: here I am for you in this moment and there are you…

There’s nothing you need, in order to touch. Most of the obstacles are in ourselves. I am sure you can get to those refugees in no time, without any hassle. They certainly need it.


You have worked with shiatsu as a volenteer with cancer-, HIV- and AIDS-patients in a hospice for more than six years. How important do you think it is for our development as shiatsu practioners that we provide our skills without getting paid for it?

In lack of a shiatsu university, volunteer work works just as well. Then, with hundreds or thousands of sessions under your belt, you can charge what you want with total confidence.


You are going to start the workshop with the really fascinating topic root chakra and our grounding including the large intestine energy. What are the students going to expect? Is it possible that persons with only little or no shiatsu precognition at all can participate?

The Large Intestine meridian is the Hara diagnosis I find most often when there’s a life-or-death situation (surgery, panic/anxiety attacks, terminal illness, situations of violence, exile, financial crisis, loss of loved ones, natural disasters, moving homes, conflicts of territory, etc.). Since the right of the Root Chakra ( that regulates the large intestine) is the “right to exist” it is also activated when survival is at stake. Grounding is the action of connecting with the energy of the Earth, in order to heal our roots, affirm our right to exist and to find our place in the world. I’ve found is one of the most effective tools to find balance in the times we are living now.

I used to teach to professionals, or advanced shiatsu students only. Nowadays, my classes are open to all, because I’ve universalized most of my teaching techniques as much as possible. Also, I find that the general public and professionals from other disciplines are understanding what we do a lot more. What was secret and only for a chosen few, now its all on internet! Everyone will learn at their level.


Thank you very much for the interview. We are very much looking forward to meeting you in Berlin!

Me too!

Tierra Territorio Terreno Terremoto

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foto de cerros y nubes en el valle del Elqui, Chile www.Diego-Sanchez.com

foto de cerros y nubes en el valle del Elqui, Chile


Recién llegado de un viaje de dos semanas a Chile, no puedo más que reflexionar sobre la relación energética que tenemos con el territorio donde habitamos.

Antes de empezar el viaje, tenía una idea que quería explorar en el terreno: ¿cómo influencian los terremotos la relación de los chilenos con la Tierra? Ya había tratado con Shiatsu a algunos chilenos (en Uruguay y otros países) y notaba que tenían algunas cosas en común: entre ellas, una baja actividad en su primer chakra, el “chakra raíz”, que nos conecta con la Tierra.

Mi hipótesis sobre este cuadro energético, era que la inestabilidad del suelo a raíz de los terremotos, no les permitía “apoyarse” del todo, porque tenían desconfianza de que se les moviera el piso en cualquier momento.

Paradójicamente, esto es algo que nos pasa a los uruguayos con bastante intensidad, pero no por los terremotos, sino por “movidas de piso” en nuestras repetidas crisis económicas o políticas. Además, en nuestro caso, casi todos descendemos de migrantes que “perdieron su lugar” en sus tierras de origen (por guerras, hambre o persecuciones que ponían en peligro su supervivencia) y tuvieron que empezar con nada en un nuevo territorio.

Mientras estaba en Valparaíso, tuve la experiencia de sentir dos temblores (el más fuerte fue de grado 5.4) y la verdad es que si bien no me dio miedo, me dio una buena idea del desastre que puede llegar a ser un temblor más fuerte.

A pesar de que di varias sesiones de Shiatsu mientras estaba en Chile, no pude confirmar mi teoría. Al final de cuentas, por lo que pude ver, los uruguayos tenemos bastante menos confianza que los chilenos en la tierra que nos sostiene. Eso fue una de las revelaciones que tuve hace años al volver a trabajar en Uruguay después de 17 años en el exterior y es objeto de una investigación sobre el arraigo, en la que sigo trabajando. Somos poco arraigados los uruguayos y lo que había observado en mis pacientes chilenos por el mundo, creo que se debe más a la situación de exilio o lejanía de las raíces propias de cada uno, que a los temblores de tierra.

Mi relación con el arraigo (y su efecto en la estabilidad, confianza, aplomo, calma, identidad, abundancia, etc.), cambió mucho entre los muchos años en que viajé por el mundo y mi vuelta a “plantarme” en Uruguay. Pregono la importancia de darle una mirada a cómo es esta relación con la Tierra, porque mejoró muchos aspectos de mi vida y la de muchos de mis pacientes. Las técnicas para plantarse, arraigarse, enraizarse y ocupar nuestro lugar en el mundo, serán centrales en el retiro de La Pedrera de este fin de semana, el taller El Poder del Arraigo en Montevideo, y todos los cursos que daré el resto del año. Espero poder compartirlas con ustedes pronto.-


MAS INFORMACION sobre LOS EVENTOS AQUI info@Diego-Sanchez.com


con Mariana Ingold, Kit Walker, Nancy Jonckeere y Diego Sanchez ESTE FIN DE SEMANA! anotate ya!






La Capacidad de Soltar y La Tierra

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Ayer me encontré con una paciente cuyo principal problema era el estreñimiento desde la adolescencia temprana. Sólo la traté una vez o dos con shiatsu y el tema se resolvió, cuando entendió que el problema de fondo era un problema de arraigo, de territorio. Había perdido su territorio varias veces. A los 13 perdió la casa con su familia, por una crisis financiera. Luego en su edad adulta, varias veces había perdido su casa y sus logros, teniendo que dejarlo todo atrás y empezar de nuevo por divorcios, pérdidas, mudanzas de ciudad, etc. Ahora, a pesar que vivía en su casa propia, se sentía desconectada del lugar, como “viviendo en casa ajena”.

Hoy a los 40, llevaba 27 años de padecer un síntoma físico y finalmente encontró el porqué. A pesar de viajes y nuevos cambios en su vida, nunca más tuvo que sufrir dolores, hacer dietas especiales, o sentirse intoxicada por no poder eliminar adecuadamente. Le cambió el aspecto y algunos rasgos de su personalidad, al poder finalmente soltar lo que no necesitaba.

Si uno no se siente seguro en su territorio, es difícil soltar y relajarse. Si el piso donde estamos apoyados es inestable, quedamos en estado de alerta continua, prontos para salir huyendo al primer signo de conflicto. De esa forma nunca podemos estar presentes del todo, siempre mirando hacia otro lugar hacia donde saltaremos cuando empiece el terremoto, o se empiece a hundir el barco. De esa forma estamos con un pie aquí y otro allí. Divididos, semi ausentes en cualquiera de los dos lugares. Así es que no ocupamos nuestro lugar, empezamos a no ser claros con los límites (¿estoy o no estoy?) y dejamos que otras personas o actividades se adueñen de nuestro espacio vital, donde quedamos como de invitados, en vez de “dueños de casa”. Nuestra casa es nuestro cuerpo también; empezamos a no sentir lo que nos pasa, la mirada se pierde un poco y la mente viaja a cualquier lado que no sea acá y ahora. Se dice que quien calla otorga, pero el que está ausente otorga más aún.

La resolución de este cuadro, la he visto centenares de veces con pacientes que a través del shiatsu y la alineación energética de su cuerpo, comienzan a darse cuenta de estos patrones y los van cambiando. A veces, con sólo entenderlo, en minutos se desarman patrones que han durado una vida, o que se han pasado de generación en generación (sobre todo de mujeres).

El arraigo, poder “plantarse”, echar raíces en el territorio es el antídoto para muchas cosas, pero para el estreñimiento, veo día a día que es una gran parte de la solución.-

Prueba una sesión individual de armonización energética


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