People often ask me what do I need so I can give shiatsu treatments?
a massage table? Fragrant candles? Some relaxing music?
And I tell them that actually, all I need is some space
that sounds like very little, but in Daoist philosophy, in Judaism, and in my own life, space means so much
space is the vacancy that enables things to happen:
The thirty spokes unite in the one nave; but it is on the empty
space (for the axle), that the use of the wheel depends. Clay is
fashioned into vessels; but it is on their empty hollowness, that
their use depends. The door and windows are cut out (from the walls)
to form an apartment; but it is on the empty space (within), that its
use depends. Therefore, what has a (positive) existence serves for
profitable adaptation, and what has not that for (actual) usefulness. (Lao-tzu)
Space does not mean nothing
It is what remains within when the outer is built properly.
My clinic is the chamber I build so that anyone can step in and find themselves some space.
It is an outer shell that helps cultivate the inner space.
We are also a house, with windows and doors, and life is what dwells there within. Nurturing it and improving our health is the same. Shiatsu is helping things happen in that place .
How? I build a space in every moment of the treatment. I use the well-built form of the Shiatsu to build connections while leaving them open, so things can move between. Between me and you. Between my two hands. Between body and mind and Between the different parts of the body.
Do you have any space within?