April 4, 2013

A Zen Approach to Body Therapy: Introductory Weekend, May 4-5

Ko'gen (Tom) Nagel, a Zen priest and advanced practitioner of Zen Bodytherapy®, will lead this training seminar at Daiyuzenji in Chicago.  It is the first of the trainings required for practitioner certification in this powerful bodywork method, the origins of which are closely linked to our Zen line.  Training is 8am - 5pm both days.

What is Zentherapy®?

Zentherapy® recognizes that from birth to death, life is a flow of energy. This energy takes shape by our attitudes, our emotions and our bodies. Zentherapy® releases the natural form of the body from the aberrations caused by physical, chemical, psychological and spiritual traumas. These aberrations misalign the body and block the free flow of energy within the body and between the person and the universe. The blocks and misalignment prevent a person from realizing their full potential and experiencing the oneness of all life.

Zentherapy® was developed by William "Dub" Leigh - a student of Ida Rolf (founder of Rolfing), Moshe Feldenkrais (founder of the Feldenkrais method) and finally of Tanouye Tenshin Roshi (the late kancho of Chozen-ji).  Dub's training with Tanouye Roshi, which centered on the use of ki (energy) and which he described as "a post-graduate course in reality and the meaning of life and death", led to the mature system which is today promulgated through the International Zen Therapy Institute in Honolulu, Hawaii.

What will we learn at the weekend training?

* To use the principles and methods of Zen Bodytherapy® to release tension, trauma & toxins from connective tissue.
* To transform old, hard, short, nonresilient tissue into soft, lengthy, bouncy tissue.
* To circulate vital energy in a changed, newly aligned body.

Whether you are interested in this training to deepen your Zen practice as a whole, or also wish to become certified to help others using this method, you are welcome to attend.

Registration Deadline:  April 22:  Full information and registration flyer here.

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