Level 1: Introduction To The Primary Meridians (Virtual)

May 26, 2021

Jun 18, 2021

11:00 am To 2:00 pm (EST)

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Event Description

In this course, you will be introduced to the history and the foundations of Asian medicine, the concepts of Tao, Ki, and Yin-Yan. You will locate the pathways of the 12 primary meridians and learn how to feel the quality of Ki for each of them through palpation.

With the practice of specific exercises, you will develop the flexibility necessary to work with Shiatsu techniques. You will use meditation to center yourself before working with your partner, as you start a journey into self-awareness.


Wendy Bolognesi

About the Instructor

Wendy S Bolognesi has been a passionate proponent of Asian bodywork since her introduction to Shiatsu in 1978.  She studied at the Ohashi Institute, where she was certified as a Shiatsu therapist in 1990 and as an Ohashiatsu instructor in 1992.  She has been teaching, practicing, and studying Shiatsu ever since.

At the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy (BSMT), where she has been a faculty member since 1993, Wendy created and taught a course in Asian Massage Techniques, which focuses on Shiatsu as well as Acupressure and Thai Massage.  It is one of many courses she has developed and taught, on her own or in collaboration, at Bancroft and in other settings.

Along with teaching numerous courses in Shiatsu and other forms of Asian bodywork, Wendy has extensive experience in teaching Swedish, deep tissue, sports, seated chair massage, and Reiki, anatomy and physiology, first aid CPR, and spa treatments. She is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Education to teach a wide range of massage therapy and Asian bodywork courses.

In nearly twenty-six years at BSMT, Wendy has worked intensively with and for students:  teaching a wide variety of courses, working with students with varied learning styles, advising, tutoring in specific subjects as well as in preparation for certification exams, supervising internships and student clinics for the public, developing and supervising student volunteer projects, and developing new courses and curricula.  In a multifaceted career, Wendy has gained experience in managing a variety of sometimes competing responsibilities, heading a department, and enhancing academic programs.

Wendy’s practice of massage and her teaching has deep roots in the community and at BSMT.  She treats clients in Worcester, Barre, and Hardwick, MA, and she often presents or co-presents workshops and continuing education classes in community settings.

Among Wendy’s particular interests is the self-application of acupressure for treating PTSD & addiction, a subject she continues to explore.  She has engaged her students in volunteer work, such as providing massage for veterans at a local shelter. In 2001, she began teaching canine massage, and she looks forward to expanding her work in this area.

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Derived from traditional Japanese massage, shiatsu is a popular modality that combines the concept of energy meridians with comprehensive massage. The word “shiatsu” means “finger pressure” and refers to the practitioner using fingers, thumbs and palms to alter energy flow along meridians, or channels for life energy along the body. The modality also incorporates assisted stretching and joint mobilization.

You can expect to invest about 100 credit hours in continuing education to become a shiatsu practitioner. Forms like Zen shiatsu emphasize mind-body balance while Thai shiatsu teaches more comprehensive stretching. Once you know the core modality, you can branch out into techniques like cupping, end-of-life care, and cosmetic facial shiatsu.